EBay sellers may have sold around $82 billion in items through the online marketplace last year, but you really wouldn’t know this by simply looking at the boxes and envelopes that sellers send through the mail each week. Unlike Amazon’s FBA program, which delivers items to buyers in boxes depicting the Amazon logo, eBay sellers are free to use any type of packaging they wish – and they usually do.
If eBay has its way, however, all of that may soon change. EBay has announced that they will soon open a supplies store that will give sellers the opportunity to buy quality boxes, envelopes and tape in an assortment of sizes, all featuring the eBay logo.
According to eBay, they will provide a license to a third-party fulfillment partner, who will then have the ability to sell items with the eBay logo. The store will initially provide boxes for sale in 10 different sizes, as well as bubble mailers and polyjacket mailers. They will also sell premium quality shipping tape.
Although the store is not really expected to affect eBay sales in a big way, it does seem to be a push for the company to become more “Amazon-like.” The question for sellers, however, is this something sellers will really want to embrace? Many Top-Rated sellers rely on their own branding to help increase their sales and they aren’t really interested in pushing an agenda for eBay.
Still, eBay states that the move is because this is something that sellers actually want and that they are willing to pay for shipping supplies sporting the eBay logo if the price is right and they are convenient items to order. How about you? Will you be purchasing eBay shipping materials? Leave a comment below.