"EBay Day" at Post Office

Believe it or not, eBay just turned ten. It's one of the shining stars of high-tech business, but now a new partnership with one of most traditional services around is helping both. The United States Postal Service held its first eBay Day in Savannah at the Oglethorpe Station on Eisenhower Drive.

Vivian Evans-Mayes is what the US Postal Service calls a postal ambassador. It's a new kind of job for a changing organization.

"The postal service decided instead of going out and hiring actors and actresses to sell our products or let our customers know about our products," she said. "They're just going out, getting employees out of the field and letting us go around, talk to customers."

EBay Day at the post office is one example. It's a partnership to benefit both the auction company and its preferred shipper.

It's not something you see every day at the post office, but United States Postal Service employees taught customers how to register for eBay. What's the upside for the post office? EBay users have to ship anything they sell. Today, they learned how to arrange shipping online as well.

"Using the postal service, of course," laughed Evans-Mayes. "That's what we're here for. And we're just trying to make doing businesses with us quick, easy, and convenient, and this is one way of doing it."

Customers tell us they appreciate the effort.

"I don't know if anything like this has occurred before, but I think it's great," said Gail Molzahnn of Skidaway Island. "It's getting people out and educating them and trying new things, so I think it's wonderful."

And the postal service is happy with the turnout for the 10am session. "We got here and started setting up and there was a line here at 9:30," said Evans-Mayes. "So we went ahead and started the class at 9:30. It's a lot of fun."

Fun which could also mean more business for the post office and its customers. They're pleased with today's turnout of 122 people. They'll do it again if there's enough interest.

Reported by: Charles Gray, cgray@wtoc.com