Become a Trading Assistant at eBay

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Becoming an eBay trading assistant can be a money-making career for you. It can be much more efficient than if you are storing and selling your own items. It does, however, require some research, experience, and savvy in order for you to earn a living. Most people with items posted for sale in eBay are lacking the become a registered eBay trading assistant, it will work in your favour because you will be able to advertise on eBay, and can earn income even faster. Follow along to discover how you can become a successful trading assistant at eBay.

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How to Become a Trading Assistant

Listen to the Voice of Experience

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    You can sell items for people on eBay without being on the eBay directory
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    However, it is a good practice to have every client sign a contract to protect both of you, and to make your "business" professional.
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    1. Make a template you can use with each client.
    2. Multiple copies should be initialled.
    3. Make a copy of it and store it on your computer.
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    Selling on eBay at first will be a learning experience of "hits and misses"
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    At first, you may lose income due to selling an item at too low of a price. So, keep your first consignments of lower value items.
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    1. Begin your business by selling items valued under $100. This will give you time to hone your selling skills.
    2. After five to ten sales, you will perhaps be ready to assist customers in selling items of higher value, such as fine jewellery, art, or vehicles.
    3. Do your research for each type of merchandise your selling.
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    An "underhanded" buyer may take advantage of your lack of experience and pay you much less than the appropriate price at auction
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    Peruse items' prices posted and prices sold thoroughly
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    This will be a guide for your sale of items for others. Learn the typical value of a wide variety of items for selling and trading. You want to build a reputation as a worthy eBay trading assistant for others.
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    Once you have experience and trust gained from clients, you will be offered more items to sell for them and their referrals
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    Some items may turn out to be highly valuable, which translates to high commission for you
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    After some experience with selling, become listed in the eBay Trading Assistants Directory
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    There is no charge.  
    1. Requirements to be registered on the eBay Trading Assistants Directory.
    2. You must have earned a customer feedback average score of at least a 50.
    3. You must have sold four or more items within the past month.
    4. You must have at least a 97 percent approval from all client feedback.
    5. You must have a good reputation with your eBay account.
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    Once on the directory, you can create your profile there
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    1. Click the link "Create/Edit Your Profile", located at the left navigation bar.
    2. On the profile you can post an identification photo.
    3. You can list all of your qualifications and background. There you can "sell yourself" by providing your hours of business, terms of sale, client fees, and how you can be contacted.
    4. Provide your location for those clients who reside in your vicinity and prefer a local trading assistant. You will need to provide a spot where they can drop off items.
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    Once you are on the directory, you can let potential clients know that you are available to help them sell their merchandise
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    In time you may want to have multiple locations outside your home area for customers to drop off items
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    For these places you can create a profile for each to grow your customer base and profits.
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Terms for Your Clients

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    Post all of your terms on your profile for clients
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    Make sure that you go over them with prospective clients before transacting business with them. You should have your personal policies clear and established. Determine these things;  
    1. Who is to set the starting bid price of their merchandise.
    2. Is there a minimum value that you accept, and are there only certain items that you will sell?
    3. Who will post the item as sold to a buyer?
    4. What are your fees, and what are the particulars? In other words;  
      1. Do you charge for picking up an item?
      2. Do the fees vary depending on the type of merchandise?
      3. How is the money to be transacted?
    5. You and your client will benefit most if you can cover all terms and policies before you sell their items.
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Trading Assistant Duties

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    Describe each item posted on eBay
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    You have to ensure that there are clear photos of each item, and from angles that portray it well to potential buyers.
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    You must interact well with customers, and take care of all merchandise posted according to eBay's terms
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    Once you receive the purchase money, you also must follow up to make sure the item reach the new owner
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    After the item is sold, you are responsible for getting the payment sans your fees to your customer
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    There should be feedback for you and the buyer posted after the transaction is completed
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    For each client, you should know his or her item well before you accept the role of selling it
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    Remember that you are not obligated until you consent to sell the merchandise.
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    You have a business, and have a right to be selective not only of the items you sell, but also the clients you choose
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    Have your clients sign a contract
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    Know your state laws
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    1. There are several states in America that require you to have an auctioneering license before you can become a registered assistant.
    2. There are courses and exams that must be passed before you can become licensed.
    3. There is also a fee that varies from state to state for the auctioneering license.
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    Charge your clients a simple flat fee percentage
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    Some beginning eBay trading assistants charge a commission for the item without taking into account the eBay and PayPal fees. Soon they discover that they're either earning very little profit, or even losing income. Furthermore, calculating the eBay and PayPal fees for each item sold is time consuming.  
    1. For smaller value items, it is recommended to charge 50 percent of the sale price for a fee.
    2. On high-dollar items, such as gold, fine jewellery, or vehicles, you can charge a lower percentage.
    3. As a guideline, you want to charge 50 percent for items up to $100 value. You may want to charge 30-40 percent on items over $100. For items over $750 you could charge around 25 percent. With this sliding scale on selling percentage fee, you can still earn a good income while being competitive.
    4. Have a verified shipping address. To protect the buyer, assistant, and seller, PayPal has an excellent Seller Protection Policy. The shipping address must be confirmed so that the buyer cannot claim the item was never received or misrepresented in some way.
    5. The PayPal Seller Protection Policy has very limited protection for shipping outside of the United States. It is recommended, therefore, to not internationally ship items sold on eBay.
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Build Your Business as an eBay Trading Assistant

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    Subscribe to the eBay Store
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    This is an efficient business tool for you because you can sell merchandise here that did not sell at auction. With it you can also organize and manage all of your items. The eBay store has a few tools for about $16 monthly. If you are an eBay store seller you get the Selling Manager tool at no charge.
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    Use the Traffic Reports
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    This is a key tool that is available from Omniture if you subscribe to the eBay store. With it you can track prices of items and the customer traffic. It provides keywords that potential buyers are using to search for specific items in your eBay store. You can also learn domains and search engines that are sending the traffic to you. This is very advantageous to you in finding the best keywords for your item titles used on eBay.
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    Use the Turbo Lister for efficient item listing
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    With Turbo Lister you can make templates for easy listing of items that you post repeatedly. It is easy to use and very versatile. You can make folders to store and organize item titles and to manage the listings.
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    Use Auction Hosting such as Auctiva
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    By using an auction host such as Auctiva you can have photos posted at no charge. With it you will not have to pay a fee to eBay for pictures. It will allow you to save costs, and will help keep your fees charged to your clients lower.
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    Check your email and My eBay View often during the day
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    To operate well as an eBay trading assistant, you should even configure your email program to check your email several times per hour, and sending an automatic notice to you. Then, you should promptly reply to any concerns or questions from customers and potential customers. This means you should be online throughout the day everyday. The advantage of using the email and My eBay View is that you can control your correspondence. If you have a problem with anyone, you can always block them and place problem bidders on a Blocked Bidder's list.
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    Be sure to advertise your service
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    Be resourceful and advertise in your local newspaper and online. Some classified advertisement websites, such as Craigslist, have free advertising. There are also classified newspapers in your area that will allow you to run ads at a reasonable fee, or even at no cost. You may also send out flyers and business cards, and post them on bulletin boards around town. Your family and friends can help you with this. You may wish to contact businesses in person for any items that you can sell on eBay for them. Try networking through social media as well.
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Questions and Answers

I am looking for a trading assistant?

I'm currently a seller on ebay & I'm looking for a trading assistant. I looked up your page as I would like to find out what the trading assistant can offer, so am I on the right spot?

From what I have found, ebay no longer supports the Trading Assistant service on their website. Ebay used to provide listings of TA in your area but they discontinued support for the TA service. The only way to find a trading assistant is if you could find someone who is already established with a good reputation. All the old URLs for the TA web pages on ebay now link to this, which is definitely worth checking into if you can't find any Trading Assistants in your area.

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I have problem with the money. If I sell the item and give the money to my client I am worried about scams and how can I get protection when I sell for some one else.

I am worried about scams and how can I get protection when I sell for some one else.

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About selling on eBay other stores products?

Hello, I have been a part of eBay for about 8 years, selling for 6 months and my uncle told me about selling other people stuff but I have no idea where to start. I have tried: Nothing. I think it was caused by: Nothing

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I am new to eBay. How to start selling?

Hi, first I'll start selling my own items. After that, if I achieve all the terms & conditions, then I can sell the customer items. & what others terms & conditions to became eBay assistant. Any obligation?

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What is Trading Assistant Directory?

I just want to know about Trading Assistant Directory and how to add my details to it.

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Hi, I'm in India and looking for 3rd party eBay lister?

Wanted to expand my business so looking for people who can boost up the sales

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How can I be a trading assistant in eBay? What are the criteria?

Is there any qualifications, experience required? I have completed my BIT. I am interested in E-commerce and want to know business and management of e-commerce trading of 21st century. I have tried: I have tried to sell products on my own on my E-commerce site but I am not fully satisfied. The problem is no third party involvement. I think it was caused by: No trading assistant. The delivery of goods problem with low quality. No fixed duration.

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Hi, Thanks for giving a support to become a trading assistant.

I need to become a seller in eBay, but in the meantime I don't have anything to sell. So need to earn commission by selling the items belonging to other sellers. As explained earlier, help me to become a trading assistant!

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