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?
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…
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). […]
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 […]