eBay store set to open

The first shop to help Australians buy and sell goods on eBay is almost ready, with its doors set to open on New South Wales' Central Coast on 5 July.

QuikDrop in Green Point Shopping Village will be the retail chain's first store outside the US.

QuikDrop uses a go-between model for eBay sales. Stores offer customers specialist service and handle payment and delivery in return for commission.

In the US, QuikDrop has rapidly expanded since the launch of its first store last August and will soon open its 15th franchise.

The Australian store will be the first of 75 to open across the country over three years.

The Green Point location was chosen as it's close to home for Australian area developer Jerry Haba.

"As franchisees we own the first one," he said.

"We'll have a soft opening in three weeks then a big one later one with promotion once we iron out any bugs."

Nevertheless, it will be all systems go come 5 July, said Haba.

"We'll be a full eBay broker, so people can [also] use us to buy or find products."

Customers could use QuikDrop to take the hassle out of searching for a particular item, he said.

"The huge international marketplace that's open to us means we could undercut a retail price by 30 to 40 per cent [and deliver it to the customer] after a week's wait."

Just three staff will be employed initially, but more could be needed should customer levels approach the 800 to 1200 items per month that US stores usually take, said Haba.

Signage is still being set up, but Haba said the store will look similar to the US model.

Similarly, there has been little change to the service details as previously reported. Customers must show a driver’s licence in order to sign a QuikDrop contract, and, if selling, will be given a date by which the item will be listed on eBay. If the item isn't sold, QuikDrop will list the item again.

Two PCs will sit towards the front of the store for customers to browse the Internet and, ideally, sign up to become a buyer on eBay, said Haba. However, eBay registration is not required to use QuikDrop, he said.

The store will also offer packaging and shipping services not related to eBay via third-party courier services.

QuikDrop has also been in talks with schools in the area about using its service for charity drives.

Internet cafe services and brokering for other online auction services and e-marketplaces like The Trading Post were future possibilities, said Haba.

The company was still negotiating with potential franchisees on opening stores in other areas, said Haba.

Haba will focus on the operation of the Green Point store for the next three to six months before considering other stores.

"We're in talks with people in Melbourne and New South Wales about opening stores in the next few months," he said.

"We want a number of stores by the year's end."

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Steven Deare

PC World
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?