RALEIGH, N.C. — Online auctions have created new businesses and new competition to help you sell your stuff.
Mary Reilly is cleaning house. She is hoping to sell her wares on eBay with the help of a Raleigh company called
, which gets a piece of the profits.
"This is expensive stuff, and I felt better with them mailing it and taking care of the customers for me," she said.
Another company called
has teamed up with UPS to help customers sell stuff online.
"We pack it and ship it to Auction Drop and it's done. They sell it on eBay," said UPS manager Rosalie McCann.
The service will launch in Raleigh and across the country in the next two weeks. Reilly said she understands why the idea is catching on. Her items will now go to a worldwide marketplace.
"Everybody's selling their stuff on eBay. It's better than going to a yard sale," she said.
"Competition is healthy. One big thing is just getting the word out that this exists," said Charles Pugh, of Auction Storehouse.
WRAL found that while the national company Auction Drop takes 38 percent of the first $200 in profits, Auction Storehouse takes a 30 percent commission, so it is a little cheaper.