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eBay expands shipping partnership


eBay is providing a shipping optimization option to an increased range of sellers.

The online auction platform is extending its integration with Silicon Valley-based on-demand shipping startup Shyp. Having already run pilots of Shyp in New York, Chicago and San Francisco, eBay is now piloting the service in Los Angeles.

Shyp will pick up the items sellers have sold within 20 minutes, professionally pack them, and mail them straight to the buyer on their behalf.

eBay sellers can connect their eBay account to the Shyp app to see an itemized feed of their recently sold items. They can then select items they’d like to ship, and request a pickup. Within 20 minutes, a Shyp courier will arrive at their door to take care of the rest.

In addition to offering packaging, Shyp also compares prices across carriers to find the lowest available shipping rate on the seller’s behalf. Once picked up, Shyp automatically marks sellers’ items as ‘shipped,’ notifies the buyer, and updates sellers with tracking info within the same day of a requested pickup.

“We’re excited to expand our partnership with Shyp to make selling on eBay even easier,” said Vincent Payen, head of consumer selling for eBay North America. “Coupled with the eBay Valet mail-in and drop-off programs, we’re continuing to provide our sellers with tailored experiences that make the selling and shipping process on eBay seamless.”

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