I just checked out the website for auctiondrop.com. Â Their fees are ridiculously high. Â I wouldn't consider them unless I had a huge amount of expensive stuff to sell, which I don't.
Actually, their fees are low, if anything. Consider that ebay ends up taking 12-15% of the high bid when you factor in relisting fees, fees for "additional features", and paypal fees (and that is based on a pattern calculated from 5yrs of sales totals vs ebay fees paid, not on their "fee structure".) Then consider that in order to make a good presentation, therefore maximizing the sale price, a professional seller will end up investing a minimum of two hours of skilled labour, per item, before it's all said and done. Three hours in many cases. Not to mention the MANY other associated expenses. Ebay consigners are providing a very valuable service - they enable your items to be sold to a world market. Local consignment shops will charge you the same 40-50%, price the items at half what they go for on ebay, and simply hang them on a rack, where they will languish for 6-8 months, finally selling for a pittance, or worse, donated to a thrift store. But, I'm sure there are a few poor suckers out there that haven't figured out that consigning for 20% or so of the high bid is a losing proposition. Best way to find them is to search ebay's Â Trading Assistant directory.
It takes maybe an hour at most do all the photography, picture editing, and auction writing.
If you are really good, and have a good system in place, you can take the pictures, edit the pictures, measure the item, write the auction, download the pics to the internet and list the auction in an hour. But that's if everything goes as smooth as silk (nothing needs to be retaken, you didn't miss any needed measurements, didn't make any mistakes in writing the auction, your listing programs are working and don't need to be updated, etc.) And you still have to answer a million questions via email, make payment demands, pack and ship the item, deal with any complications... I very much doubt there is ANY other way of selling an individual item that requires more labor than putting it on ebay. Finally, to sell high end clothing, you not only need to invest time, you also need to know what you are doing. We've all seen the auctions put up by those who don't have a clue, and those who try and make up for not having a clue by lying...