How to Become an eBay Trading Assistant
eBay is one of the best places to shop. You can find everything there, from rare collectibles to used merchandise to cars.
There are currently 193 million registered eBay users, about 575 million listings and a crazy number of annual sales. Most of the people that use eBay are buyers. Many people do not know that the sales side has a very big opportunity.
This opportunity was developed in 2002. eBay was receiving numerous emails and calls from people who wanted to be referred to experienced sellers. To help them, eBay came up with the eBay Trading Assistant program. An eBay Trading Assistant profits from helping people sell products.
To become an eBay Trading Assistant, you need:
- An account in good standing
- To prove that you understand the eBay sales process (you must have listed not less than 10 items in the past 90 days)
- To have completed 100+ transactions (a feedback rating of 100+, 97% being positive)
When you become an assistant you will be in the Trading Assistant directory.
There are 500,000 people who earn a living from selling on eBay full-time. Most American homes have so many unused items lying somewhere. That is where some sellers start—by selling things that they no longer use. When they start doing well, they begin listing items for other sellers.
Drop-off Business Picks Up
Other people choose to invest their resources in eBay-related franchises. Take the example of Scott Kluth who decided to invest in iSold It. With negotiated supplier agreements and access to a check fulfillment system, he became a franchisee then opened a store. Currently, Scott Kluth’s location is among iSold It’s top 10 locations.
Scott’s store lists an average of 28 new items every day. Customers usually start by bringing in a single item to see how things play out. When it sells, they come with more items.
This store has been in business for only a year and it started bringing in profit in the third month.
Test the Waters
One of the best things about selling on eBay is the fact that you can do it as a hobby at first, then make it a full-time business if things go well. Start with your friends and family and then look for clients.
Selling B2B is currently a hotspot on eBay. B2B transactions usually involve higher-value products, and for the same amount of work, you can get more money. Look for individuals or organizations selling:
Used farm equipment: farmers know that they can sell their used equipment for more on eBay. Proactive Trading Assistants should take advantage of this opportunity.
Business equipment: other businesses are looking for deals on all kinds of items from used phones to copiers.
Medical equipment: dentists and doctors from all over the world would love to get deals on equipment required for their practices.
Automobiles: your state may require you to have a dealer’s license for this but it could be worth it, given the price tags of automobiles.
Antiques and collectibles: the services of Trading Assistants are desperately needed here.