eBay plans to hook up shoppers with the season’s most sought-after items through its Hard to Find Gift Shops as supply chain issues continue to impact the holiday season making finding the perfect gift more difficult as the days count down.
The new storefronts will pop up in select locations across the country – Detroit, Miami, and Houston – beginning on November 19.
eBay says the Hard to Find Gift Shops will be just that as well – hard to find. They will be open only to the most resourceful customers with helpful location hints being shared on eBay’s social channels the day before the shop launches and the final location being revealed 24 hours later.
“This holiday season will put even the most serious shoppers to the test, but eBay was made for moments like this. We created the Hard to Find Shops to bring our unmatched selection to life – from the rare and coveted to the sold-out-everywhere-else. The experience mirrors the impossibility shoppers are facing this year – and reminds them that eBay has something for everyone on their list.”Jordan Sweetnam, SVP and General Manager, eBay North America
Each eBay Hard to Find Gift Shop Will Specialize in a Hot Category
The shops will each specialize in a hot holiday category and will be filled with gifts for enthusiasts:
- The Hard to Find Sneaker Shop | Detroit, November 19 – 20
Sneaker collector and seller Jaysse Lopez, Urban Necessities, brings his diverse collection of today’s top styles to the shop. The event will also feature a rare display of all 50 pairs of the Off-White x Nike Dunk Low collection.
- The Hard to Find Collectibles Shop | Houston, December 3 – 4
In partnership with top eBay sellers, including two from Houston, the shop will be stacked with high value trading cards, collectibles and memorabilia.
- The Hard to Find Luxury Shop | Miami, December 10 – 11
Find iconic Hermès Birkin and Kelly bags, Gucci’s Psychedelic and Floral Collections, and rare timepieces from Richard Mille, Audemar Piguet, Rolex and more.
But it’s not necessary to live in one of these cities as online shoppers can score the same inventory at ebay.com/hardtofindshop during those days.
This season is turning out to be particularly challenging for many people as early shopping doesn’t guarantee to find everything on one’s gift list.
Seventy percent of millennials and Gen Z adults who have begun their holiday shopping have reported that a product they wanted to purchase was not in stock in a store.
One-third of those shoppers say this has happened multiple times as they’ve begun their holiday shopping.
The Hard to Find Gift Shops follow the trend by eBay of offering not just new, but also barely used or refurbished products this season as more shoppers are willing to embrace the circular economy even for holiday gifts.
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