A soon to be extinct logo and program
For those of you who are Trading Assistants check you inbox. The info is all there.
For those who were thinking about joining the program.... what can I say? It does not mean that we can not sell for others, it just means that eBay is not going to be a conduit for bringing folks together and we will have to stop using the eBay Trading Assistant title and logo.
To some, it will be no loss, since we were not getting any real volume of leads and those leads were usually rather unique. Another way of saying that the TA leads were often "problem" products.
We choose not to sell jewelry, since we are not jewelers nor are we electronic experts, so you guessed it, we don't sell electronics, nor high performance car engines, etc. These things take specialists (in my opinion) to know what works, what doesn't, what is real and what isn't. Both sides of the equation can get burned without expertise.
By "word of mouth" we have been offered many items more in our line of experience. Vintage collections are more to our liking, but for the past few years, we have had to turn folks away because there is too much to be able to help everyone.
The TS program also brought many questionable offers from out of the world wide web. People who wanted us to sell something that THEY would ship and we would just collect money. Sound too good to believe? We thought so too.
All that said, there is still large number of folks wanting to have products sold for them. Why? Because they don't think they can do it, don't have time, just don't want to worry with it, or just want to "get it out of here".
Maybe I should discuss what it takes to be a good Trading Assistant or what you should expect when hire someone to sell things for you. By no means am I the "last word" on the opportunity or service, but I have a few observations.
You might be surprised to see me say that eBay is not the best place for everything, but that is just common sense reality. The venue depends on what you are wanting to accomplish, what you are expecting to get and in many cases, the items themselves.