eBay Motors, uShip combine to help dealers ship big stuff

Publish Date: 
Mar 11, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas – eBay is making it easier for dealers to sell large and heavy parts with a new partnership with online shipping marketplace uShip to help sellers arrange Larger-Than-Parcel (LTP) delivery.

uShip-powered delivery options will be incorporated across eBay categories – starting with eBay Motors’ U.S. vehicles, motorcycles, powersports and boats categories – that frequently contain LTP goods heavier than 150 lbs. and buyer-arranged shipping. More categories will be added this spring.

Within a year, uShip will be integrated into global eBay properties, more deeply into listings and in the buyer checkout process.

Since 2007, 93,000 users have linked their eBay accounts with uShip, which has seen over 560,000 eBay items valued at $712 million listed for shipping, the companies reported. To date, total shipping cost of eBay goods on uShip is nearly $75 million, about 15 percent of uShip’s all-time total shipping volume of $500 million, they stated. Many eBay items have even been transported on A&E reality show “Shipping Wars,” which features uShip.

“uShip’s agreement with eBay is a natural fit for several reasons,” said Matt Chasen, CEO and founder of uShip. “First, we’ve spent the last 10 years pioneering collaborative consumption and building a global network of more than 500,000 registered carriers that can handle LTP specialty shipments, whether that’s vehicles, heavy equipment, household goods, traditional freight or the truly unusual.

“Second, eBay users are very familiar with uShip’s eBay-like feedback system, which helps them choose a carrier from among those with an average score greater than 97 percent positive. And finally, price – eBay buyers have saved $20 million in shipping costs through uShip. For transporter service providers on uShip, this translates into more opportunity with extremely high-intent shipping customers,” said Chasen.

Posted by Holly Wagner