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No eBay Trading Assistant in Shelbyville?

Posted Friday, November 11, 2011, at 9:20 AM

At a time when folks need to make money, I find it hard to believe that no one is officially selling for other folks to help BOTH make ends meet.

Yes, we are classified as one but we do not take new business and I don't know who to refer to anymore. We remain a TA to start conversations about classes and on the rare occasion, take on a collection or large ticket item, but we have had to turn down record collections, 2,000+- matchbox cars, electronics, commercial speaker systems, etc.

Don't get me wrong, it is work to research, manage, list, & ship items, but it is not rocket science. It requires ethics, time and organization, but ..... it could earn real money!

If you are selling for others and not listed as a TA on eBay, why not? It is free advertisement and adds validity. Maybe it is the same reason we do not actively look for consignment items, you are too busy already.

But no one listed for Shelbyville, Manchester or Tullahoma? It is not because EVERYONE is listing their own because I only counted 40+- in the county last time I checked. Sounds like an opportunity for someone.

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I agree with you. I was getting so many requests all over the US that I started up http://TradingAssistants.com to bring together the best of the best in eBay Trading Assistants all over the US.

For people that have smaller valuables they can check out http://Consignment.cc which is for Coast to Coast Consignment services.

If you have a question about listing you can call me directly at 209.EBAY-PRO.

-- Posted by eBayTradingAssistant on Fri, Nov 11, 2011, at 2:35 PM

Always glad to know you found us, but I was thinking a little bit more local than California. But, it could be good for some.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Nov 11, 2011, at 3:59 PM

Steve, I was actually thinking of emailing you last week on this very topic. So glad you posted about it.

My husband and I were big eBay-ers back in the day. As in, before eBay (gasp!) and when eBay was new.

It's probably been seven or eight years since I've been an active seller, and when I've looked at eBay lately, I've been overwhelmed by all the progress they've made.

I need extra income badly, but I've been fearful that I couldn't 'catch up' having been away so long - especially in terms of being an eBay seller.

Any advice?

-- Posted by tsimmons on Fri, Nov 11, 2011, at 7:05 PM

Some would think you are being kind referring to the change as progress. I had a student from about two years ago call me yesterday about that very subject. ;-)

When I started, there did not seem to be too many pitfalls and it was not overwhelming to learn the venue. Now, each blue link takes you to MANY other blue links, so I understand your hesitancy.

Some of what I say will be common sense and since you have already sold in the past it may seem obvious but since some might be looking at this the first time.....

I would suggest starting slow, small & safe. Slow by only listing a few things (not big-ticket items), small by offering things easy to package and ship and safe meaning to stay away from a group of products referred to as VeRO items.

VeRO stands for Verified Rights Owners. There is information available by searching for VeRO under Customer Support (used to be "Help") or clicking this link http://pages.ebay.com/help/policies/prog... Have fun reading.

Basically VeRO is "Copyright, Trademark, and Other Intellectual Property Rights Owner" like designer items in fashion, ladies accessories, jewelry, perfumes, music etc. Here is a list of the participants in the program http://pages.ebay.com/help/community/ver...

The reason I mention this is because eBay gives very little leeway when it comes to dealing with VeRO violations so they react quickly. If you try to list something that triggers a VeRO response, eBay will warn you. STOP then and write to me. DO NOT get stubborn and try again. The second warning is often going to shut you down totally.

OK, now the rest is going through the paces of making a listing. While it will have a different "feel" from years ago, it will come back to you. There are many things come into play here, but you probably know them.

My students write to me all the time with questions, but don't hesitate to try eBay as well. I like it best to call and lately the wait time has not been bad.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Nov 13, 2011, at 8:25 AM

I hope I did not scare you with the discussion of VeRO. It is the one thing that has stopped some of my students cold. They did not heed the advice, got stubborn and were shut down.

By that time, there was little I could do but provide support in their struggle to be re-instated. They could have done it, but that stubborn streak prevailed so I do not know if they ever returned.

That has only happened twice out of 450+ students, so unless you know you will be stubborn, there should be no major issues.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Nov 14, 2011, at 8:36 AM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.