For a pack rat like me, eBay is a terrible tease. When I want to use it to get rid of crap lying around my house, it's just too hard to use. I'm no Power Seller. I just want to unload my old Star Trek phone (link goes to some else's phone, not mine). But the potential $16 payoff makes it a poor use of my time: I'd have to take pictures, upload them, and create a listing without knowing what I'm doing. A new site, Ztail, looks like a very promising solution to this problem.
Ztail creates online sales listings for eBay and other sites. You tell it what you're trying to unload, and it will format a nice listing with a picture of the product and its specifications. You set your own price, add text about the particular item's condition, hit publish, and you're done.
While my Star Trek phone wasn't in the Ztail database, other junk priceless artifacts I have in my closets were, in particular old cell phones, kitchen gadgets, and stereo equipment. It took me next to no time to create a decent listing for my old Ericsson T39 phone.
Whether or not anyone actually wants this old phone is another question, but Ztail lets you improve your odds of selling it by optionally multi-listing an item on the "Ztail network" of non-eBay sites: Google Base, Edgeio, Vast, and Oodle, for starters. You can also embed a widget on your own blog or put a link (but not a widget) on your Facebook page to sell your items.
The service is free to use, and the company will make money from affiliate traffic driven to eBay from the widgets users post on their sites. (Enough to keep the company going? I don't know.)
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