For years I was an eBay evangelist, promoting the benefits, offering training, offering business setups, designing eBay stores… I was writing this “Trading Assistant Journal” which started as an eBay based blog about being a “Trading Assistant or Trading Post”
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Business owners really do not have the time to learn all of the ins and outs of listing merchandise on eBay or elsewhere on the internet (although they should take the time). Hiring a Trading Assistant full time could be a good move.
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?
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
Now EBay is trying to become the CIA of Social marketing – Only accepting information from outside sources yet not sharing any of its own. This will be perceived for what it truly is, a very large mistake.
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…
Think of eBay as an ecosystem… As in any ecosystem, members of the community depend upon one another. The eBay ecosystem is composed of buyers and sellers – without one or the other the system falters and all become extinct. As in any ecosystem, different classes of organisms compete for survival. The sellers in this ecosystem […]
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 […]
Press releases have been used by marking agencies and advertising firms for eons but they are no longer the tool of high powered and expensive marketing gurus. You can use online press release outlets like PR Web and Express Press Release to get your marketing message online and possibly picked up by your local […]
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. […]
Pennsylvania is still after honest business people… Charging them with violation of a law which never applied. While stay at home mom, Mary Jo Pletz has been exonerated of all charges by the State of Pennsylvania. (Due to media attention no doubt). It seems the story of an i Sold it drop store in Harrisburg, PA […]
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 […]
The Philadelphia Enquirer Headline Reads: Pennsylvania Takes on Online Auctions Pa went after Mary Jo Pletz’s eBay business now changes in law may come… Read this excellent news article (link below). The story details the plight of a Trading Assistant who was unfortunate enough to be very good at what she does. The State made a very […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. – […]
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 […]
Last weekend I attended a seminar put on by the Internet Marketing Center. The seminar is geared towards selling a information product/course originally developed by Corey Rudl and now run by Derek Gehl. The sales pitch was a bit long and overdone but the information gained while sitting in the audience was well worth the endless […]
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 […]
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 […]
Why an eBay Sales Strategy including eBay Stores – Should be included in any marketing plan Key to a global and local eBay marketing strategy Essential to take advantage of global branding & marketing opportunities Greater exposure for brand & products Increases ancillary sales EBay is an amazing venue for online sales and for online advertising. […]
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