Halloween is over, which means that shops are already dusting off and putting out their holiday decorations. It always feels a little depressing, don't you think? The new year is fast approaching!
As you read here earlier this week, eBay will briefly go brick-and-mortar for the holiday shopping season, opening temporary boutiques in 12 cities across the country. The flagship, and first to open, will be a 5,500-square-foot pop-up in the heart of Manhattan, located at 3 West 57th Street.
The store will operate from November 20 to 29, excluding Thanksgiving Day, stocking a selection that will include L.A.M.B. shoes, handbags from Michael Kors and Dooney & Burke, Anthropologie dresses, Norma Kamali’s exclusive fashions for eBay, cosmetics from M.A.C., Smashbox and other brands, and the Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue and Vera Wang Princess fragrances. Electronics, toys, home and garden items will also be displayed. Attendees will also have access to the entire eBay marketplace via Internet kiosks, handheld tablets and the eBay mobile phone application.
Prior to the opening, eBay will be throwing a cocktail party on November 19, and on Black Friday a limited quantity of “daily deal” items will be awarded to the first 100 shoppers who visit the store. Dollars spent in the holiday shop, up to $200,000, will be matched by eBay to support the following charities: Global Giving, Grammy in the Schools, Oxfam America, Right to Play, Save the Children, Share Our Strength, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Starlight, Toys for Tots, U.S. Fund for UNICEF and YouthAIDS eBay.
Perhaps this is an attempt by the auction site to show Amazon who's boss. Rather than throwing a party, I'd much rather they regulate their shipping costs.