In reality becoming a Trading Assistant is much more complicated than most articles you find on the Internet will indicate. eBay itself tries to make it sound easy, yet they protect themselves with an agreement which a Harvard Law professor would have a hard time deciphering.
With this additional announcement, eBay is ringing the bell that tolls a change in the way consumers will search the site. This new or revamped search engine (can you say Best Match on steroids?) will offer fixed price listings side by side with auction listings (tests leaked on this system last February). Will this new search “disadvantage” auctions so much that they become irrelevant and eventually through market pressure simply cease to exist?
It really is no surprise Zippi-Auctions sales on eBay have not been stellar. The concept may sound great to the inexperienced and the perpetual business opportunities buyers, but if one looks at the numbers and the concept, is there really any Zip here?
ConsignmentPal has not only become the best place to list your consignment or Trading Assistant business (even better than the Trading Assistant Directory in my opinion) but is now a great place to find real honest to goodness solutions providers, consultants, designers, web developers, and eBay gurus like Skip McGrath
Linda Miller of Consignment Pal has worked long and hard to provide a directory service to the consignment industry. Her efforts have been rewarded with a very efficient and usable directory for both consignment shops and eBay Trading Assistants
This Renegade Nomad Flats boat is located in Largo, Florida. But it is a Michigan boat with most of its running time in Fresh Water! The boat is in great shape with two brand new batteries and everything regularly serviced – ready to fish!
Consignment item of the day – in our eBay Store And Listed on ONLINEAUCTION.COM Obviously this is a very attractive, high quality diamond ring. We have the original appraisal and paperwork; it is owned by a long term and dear client – it was her wedding ring stone and has since been reset in this […]
The eBay Trading Assistant program was re-engineered several months ago. eBay, in fact, started the recent round of controversial announcements (Fees, Feedback, DSRs tied to fee discounts, No more digital delivery, etc) with the summary and unexpected changes to the Trading Assistant system. Trading Posts had been renamed as REDOL’s (?). REDOL (Drop Stores and […]
eBay drop stores came upon the scene with a great fanfare and promise. Initially it was considered a unique and interesting proposition by both business pundits (Entrepreneur Magazine) and investors alike. The promise of the initial drop store franchise operations seemed limitless and they expanded like weeds across the land. Soon it would be difficult to pick up a newspaper or read a business magazine without seeing some reference, either advertisement or article, about the eBay drop store franchise revolution. It was an exciting time…
A great deal of turmoil has been raised recently in the eBay Trading Assistant community. Reader Please Note: This post is over 1900 words in length. I feel it is worth the time to read the entire article. If you think this post is just too long after reading the entire article please leave a […]
I found the listing below (in italics) in the “New” TA Directory this morning. I was looking at whom in my area had signed up for the new directory with an eye to see if any of my former local colleagues in the industry had joined up. If they had, I was going to stop in […]
I have been spending too much time on the eBay Trading Assistant discussion board, and admittedly I may have gotten carried away with my opinions. You may fault me, or you may respect my veracity, in any case I think it is important that the discussion from today is noted somewhere besides the eBay forum. […]
The following is a fictional account of the possible tact a defence attorney could present in the case currently before the Circuit Court in Pennsylvania. Any relation to real persons or events is purely coincidental… Thank You Your Honor…. In My Cross Examination I would like to ask the prosecutor in this case to take […]
Are you the friend or business acquaintance everyone asks about eBay or how to sell online? Do you have previous experience selling products on the Internet via online auctions or through your own website? Have you ever worked at or owned an eBay Trading Assistant Business or eBay Drop Store? Are you familiar with fellow […]
Running an eBay consignment business can be complicated, time consuming, and nerve wracking… As a business, consignment selling on eBay is not the easy get rich quick scheme some would have you believe. While initially setting up an eBay consignment business may sound like a ticket to easy street… Whats better than selling other peoples […]
An article in the Chicago Tribune reveals the Auctioneer vs eBay battle from the front lines. The Tribune article details with specific clarity the unfair and abusive nature of the State of Pennsylvania’s prosecution of honest eBay small business owners. Legislation in Pennsylvania has been sponsored by a small group of politically savvy and powerful special interest groups (Auctioneers). […]
In a story by: Unravel the Gavel and reported in AuctionBytes today. It is reported New Hampshire has introduced a bill in the legislature to exempt Internet sales from any auctioneer licensure requirements. This report is the best news of the week for eBay TA’s (excuse me please, REDOL’s). We can only hope this Bill […]
With the advent of the new eBay Trading Assistant (”Registered eBay Drop Off Location” or REDOL) agreement, an already complicated business outlook has just become more convoluted. eBay Trading Assistants and Drop Store owners – Franchisee or Non-Franchise… should be evaluating the new eBay Trading Assistant Agreement and determining what the implications are for the future of your business. I will refrain from interpreting […]
eBay Announces Changes to the Trading Assistant Program: Our initial evaluation of this “agreement” is underway… I will post our opinions after we have digested the entire “new” program. I can say that I never received any email from eBay regarding this change and we have been listed in the TA directory since 2001. – […]
Cornerstone Commercial Supply Inc. is the proud new owner of an eBay Store designed by DesignLogic with Frooition and All Business Auctions. Our design work was completed over the holidays and installed on January 7, 2007. Within hours of the installation of our custom eBay store design the client, Cornerstone Commercial Supply Inc., logged thier very first eBay […]
Tis the season for New Years Resolutions As a small business owner do you have an eBay plan for 2008? Small business owners are bombarded by multiple ideas, emails and suggestions concerning how they should run, improve and increase business this time of year. Among these New Years Resolutions ideas is one which I consider […]
Pardon us for a moment while we play “Devils Advocate” to explain the reasons why some of these 11 most commonly suggested methods for making money on eBay, are impractical or more accurately, are methods destined for failure. If your goal is to start an eBay based business you should read this article. The best […]
QuikDrop Says Goodbye… In an article written by Ina Steiner of AuctionBytes.com this morning, it is reported that QuikDrop, one of America’s largest drop off eBay store franchises, is closing up franchise sales and support operations by the end of this month. The current franchisees (store owners) are free to continue store operations but will […]
Cornerstone Commercial Supply is pleased to announce that after years of brick and mortar retail and wholesale sales of commercial carpet cleaning, janitorial and floor care supplies and equipment, that they are entering the exciting world of e-commerce as an internet and eBay seller! The professionals at iBusinessLogic are bringing the world of Internet marketing […]
We have have just created this new eBay stores design with our DesignLogic team in conjunction with Frooition in the U.K. Cornerstone Supply is an established brick and mortar supplier of commercial carpet cleaning equipment and cleaning agents, specializing in heavy duty truck mounted carpet cleaning machines. Our iBusinessLogic team of professionals and solutions […]
In our previous post we reviewed Trading Assistants & franchise eBay drop store marketing ideas and I promised to detail how and why every Trading Assistant or drop store owner should have an eBay Stores account. It always amazes me when I consult with franchise owners who are struggling to find that they have not […]
With the current condition of the eBay drop store franchise industry, it has become apparent that not everyone who bought into the “owning a business without investing in inventory” sales pitch has actually succeeded as a business. The question then becomes…Is it possible to operate a profitable business as a full time trading assistant? The […]
We are working with our DesignLogic team to integrate the Frooition eBay stores design framework into our system of eBay Stores Designer services. Very soon, visitors to our eBay store will be greeted by a new and dynamic shopping experience. To see an example follow this link: DesignLogic/Frooition eBay Store Mockup If you compare the […]
Gold_Opal_Ring002.jpg Originally uploaded by All Business Auctions What a piece, a gem of Australia! Would you Buy This ring? Check out my eBay Store to see if it is right for you but the point here is that eBay photos across the board should be better than average to increase sales. Better Photos = More […]
Originally uploaded by All Business AuctionsContinued as Promised…. As discussed in my previous post, this is a very high quality item which has been entrusted to my company to list for sale. This is a 2.0 ct Solitaire Near flawless and colorless round brilliant cut diamond mounted in a tested and stamped 18k solid white […]