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Auction Format Dead on eBay – Long Live The Auction

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?

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Trading Assistant Journal, Skip McGrath, & iBusinessLogic – Solutions Providers in the Renewed ConsignmentPal Directory

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

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Finding eBay Consignment Help – New eBay Trading Assistant Directory – Not So New

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 […]

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eBay Franchise Drop Stores – Why they failed

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…

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Internet Business Mentorship – Option for the future of TA's Drop Store Owners?

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 […]

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Top 10 eBay Trading Assistant Drop Store Reality Checks

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 […]

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Antiques Appraisals – Where, How, Why? Trading Assistants Should Know Walt Kolenda – AuctionWally

As Trading Assistants we see the gamut of merchadise come through our doors each day…. Usually we can evaluate the value of this merchandise in the blink of an eye, or possibly with a quick online trip to Terapeak… But when something is presented by a client… say possibly a fine piece of antique furniture, […]

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State Bill Vote Scheduled – Exempts Internet Sellers from Auctioneer Regulations

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 […]

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New eBay Trading Assistant Agreement – Options for Drop Store Owners

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 […]

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eBay limits all Trading Assistants and Drop store owners ability to earn a living…

The recent changes in the trading assistant agreement has sparked a debate on the official eBay forums. eBay has laid down a very restrictive agreement and as a trading assistant or drop store owner, you should read it very carefully before clicking any box indicating your agreement. To be honest, eBay has instituted this new […]

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QuikDrop Closes eBay Drop-off Store Franchise Store Owners Looking for Software Replacement

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 […]

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Why every Trading Assistant and eBay Franchise Drop Store Should have and eBay Stores Account

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 […]

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Opal Ring For Sale… Is it worth more with a good photo?

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 […]

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Is this an "Average" eBay photograph?

Gold_Amethyst_Diamond_Ring001.jpg Originally uploaded by All Business Auctions What kind of photography equipment do you use to create images your eBay items for sale? A Point & Shoot Camera? A Digital SLR? Film? Do you have a dedicated photo area set up to make the images of the items you earn your living from selling online? Do you skimp on photography […]

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Listing a $35,000.00 Custom Diamond Ring on eBay

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 […]

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