Being an Auction AssistantIMPORTANT NOTE: These ebay pages are online for historical reasons. I would now advice my visitors NOT to use ebay. There are alternative sites which provide a far safer experience. Read my Ebay - Work From Home page for more details. However, for those that are required to use ebay for some reason, the information is retained below.
It is critical that, before you take on the job to assist others, you actually are good at eBay *yourself*. Work through the other pages, learn the techniques, and build your rating up. You want a rating of at least 50 before you start to market yourself as an eBay assistant.
In essence, you will help others either set up their own eBay store areas, or sell items for people who are not interested in learning how eBay works. In either case you will get paid for this. There are of course millions of people ON eBay so convincing someone to use you vs someone else is the main issue. You want your own personal rating as high as possible to show that you know what you're doing. Personal contact can also help greatly - if someone knows and trusts you, they would rather go with you instead of an unknown stranger.
The primary key here is to build up your positive rating. Then offer to work with that person short term to show how valuable you can be. Some assistants take as much as 50% of the profit, but with eBay being so easy to use in modern times, that is rather high. The person could easily just go and sell it themselves. You need to find the balance where paying you the fee is better for them than the hassle of doing it themselves. If you have a digital camera and can create great photos and a quality listing, that would be part of your selling point. You want to show that you will be doing a lot of work and maintenance for that fee that you earn.
I was a long term member of ebay - from 1999 through 2009. In the beginning years, ebay was a fantastic community, full of fun bargains, friendly people and a general feeling of joy. It was like going to a fun garage sale on a sunny day and spending time with friends.
However, starting in 2009, changes made to the ebay system altered it overnight from a joy to a horror. In one auction set alone I had three different buyers attempt very questionable refund operations. I went on the forums to get assistance. The forum members' derogatory comments and snide responses shocked me. Literally in one week I went from being from a staunch promoter of ebay to someone who swore never to use the ebay system again.
I am maintaining these pages online for historical reasons, but I would now wholeheartedly warn visitors NOT to use ebay going forward to sell items. The risk to you is too great. Feel free to contact me for all details on the situation. Instead, I highly recommend these systems:
Amazon Sales for selling used CDs, DVDs, books and other products
Etsy for selling personal items (crafts etc)
I have used both of the above sites and they are wonderful.
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