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Chapter 25. Letting a Trading Assistant Sell Your Items for You

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FindingaTradingAssistant

eBayTradingAssistantsareeverywhere.Almosteverylocality

hasoneormoreindividualsorbusinessesthatwilltakeyour

goodsonconsignmentandsellthemoneBayforyou.Buthow

doyoufindaTradingAssistantnearyou?

It'ssimple,really,thankstoeBay'sTradingAssistantsDirectory,

whichlistsTAsbylocationandspecialty.Tosearchthe

directory,allyouhavetodoisgotoeBay'sTradingAssistants

hub(pages.ebay.com/tahub/),showninFigure25.1,andclick

theFindaTradingAssistantlinkortheFindaSellerbutton.

WhentheTradingAssistantsDirectorypageappears(asshown

inFigure25.2),enteryourstreetaddress,city,state,andZIP

code.PulldowntheINeedHelpSellinglistandselecta

categoryforwhatyouwanttosell,thencheckwhetheryou

wantaTAwithadrop-offlocationoronethatoffersapick-up

service.ClicktheSearchbuttontobeginyoursearch.



Figure25.1.eBay'sTradingAssistantshub



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Figure25.2.SearchingtheTradingAssistants

Directory.



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WhenthelistofTradingAssistantsinyourareaappears,clicka

linktoviewtheTradingAssistant'sprofile.(Figure25.3showsa

typicalTAprofile.)Ifyoulikewhatyousee,clicktheContact

AssistantbuttontosendamessagetotheTradingAssistantand

gettheprocessgoing.



Figure25.3.ViewingaTradingAssistant's

profileandmakingcontact.



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WhenresearchingTradingAssistants,thereareafewthingsyou

wanttolookfor.First,makesuretheTA'sfeesarecompetitive;

comparefeesfrommorethanoneTAinyourarea,justincase.

Youshouldalsolooktoseehowmanylistingsthesellerhas

placedoneBayoverthelastfewweeks.Lookattheirlistings.

Aretheyprofessionallydone?Dotheylistreasonableshipping

fees?Dotheyshipoutsidethecountry?Dotheyhave

experiencesellingavarietyofitems,ordotheyspecializeina

veryspecificarea?



Note

ATradingAssistantwitharetaildrop-offlocationis

calledaTradingPost.



Youmayalsowanttoconsiderconvenience.SomeTrading

Assistantsoffermerchandisepick-upservices;othershave

staffeddrop-offlocations.Youcanfine-tuneyoursearchfor

eithertypeofTradingAssistant.

Finally,knowthatnotallTradingAssistantsareindividual

sellers.eBayconsignmentsellinghasbecomeabigbusiness,

withlotsofstoresopeningtheirdoorsincommunitiesallacross

America.Locallyownedconsignmentstorescanbefoundin

yourlocalYellowPages.Someofthelargestnationalchains

includeAuctionDrop(www.auctiondrop.com),iSoldIt(www.isoldit.com),andQuikDrop(www.quikdrop.com);visittheir

websitestofindalocationnearyou.(Figure25.4showsthe

AuctionDropwebsite.)



Figure25.4.AuctionDrop,anationalTrading

Assistantchainwithdrop-offlocationsatUPS

Storelocations.



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WhattoExpectfromaConsignmentSale

ThegreatthingaboutusingaTradingAssistanttosellyour

itemsonconsignmentisthattheTAhandlesallthedetailsfor

youtakingphotographs,creatingitemlistings,managingthe

auctions,collectingpayments,andpackingandshippingthe

items.Allyouhavetodoisdeliverthemerchandisetothe

seller(orhavehimpickitupfromyou);he'lldoalltherestof

theworkforyou.

WhenyouhandoveryourmerchandisetotheTA,he'lltakea

quickinventoryoftheitemsandtheircondition.AgoodTAwill

alsodoalittleresearchtodeterminetheitems'probableresale

value;hewantstomakesureyouhaverealisticexpectationsas

towhethertheitemswillsell,andforhowmuch.



Caution

SomeTAswillonlyaccepthigher-priceditemsfor

consignmentsale.Itmaynotbeworththeirtimeto

trytosellitemspricedunder$50orso.



MostlegitimateTAswillpresentaconsignmentsalecontractfor

youtosign.Makesureeverythingisinorder,andpayparticular

attentiontohowandwhenyou'llgetpaid.Naturally,youwon't

bereimburseduntiltheTAispaid;someTAsonlywritechecks

onceamonth,orwaitaspecifiedamountoftimeafterthe

auctionclosetopaytheirclients.



YoushouldalsoreviewtheTA'scompletefeeschedule.TheTA's

feesmayrangeanywherefrom10%to50%ofthefinalselling

price;someTAsalsochargeaninitiallistingfee,orafeeifthe

itemfailstosell.You'llalsobeexpectedtopayallnecessary

eBayandPayPalfeesonthetransaction.

WhentheTAhasthemerchandiseinhand,he'lluseadigital

cameratotakeprofessional-lookingphotosoftheitems.He'll

thenusehisresearchtohelpwritetheitemdescription.This

descriptionandtheproductphotoswillbeusedtocreatethe

item'sauctionlisting,whichtheTAwillthenposttoeBayatan

appropriatetime.(YoumayhavetowaitaweekorsofortheTA

tolaunchtheauction;TA'shavetheirownauction-listing

schedulestoadhereto.)



Note

Ifyou'dliketobecomeaTradingAssistantyourself,

seeChapter29,"OpeningaTradingAssistant

Business.



Oncetheauctionisunderway,theTAshouldemailyouwith

detailsabouttheauctionincludingtheauction'sURL,soyoucan

followalongwiththeauctionprogress.Expectanotheremail

whentheauctioncloses,notifyingyouofthesalesstatusand

finalsellingprice.Don'tbeshyaboutcontactingtheTAwithany

questionsyoumayhavebuttrytoremainpatientduringthe

courseoftheauctionitself!



TheAbsoluteMinimum

Herearethekeypointstorememberfromthischapter:

Ifyoudon'twanttosellyouritemsyourself,youcanuseaTrading

Assistanttosellyouritemsonaconsignmentbasis.

TradingAssistantscanbeindividualeBaysellers,smallbusinesses,or

franchisestoresinanationalchain.

AllregisteredTradingAssistantsarelistedineBay'sTradingAssistants

Directory;youcansearchthisdirectoryforaTAnearyou.

SomeTradingAssistantswillpickupitemsforsaleatyourlocation;others

offeradrop-offlocationthatyoucanvisitwithyourmerchandise.

ATradingAssistantwillhandleallaspectsoftheauctionprocess,including

takingdigitalphotos,writingtheitemdescription,launchingtheauction,

andpackingandshippingyouritemtothewinningbidder.

Expecttopayfrom10%to50%incommissionstotheTradingAssistant,

basedontheitem'sfinalsellingprice.







Chapter26.SecretsofSuccessfulSellers

INTHISCHAPTER

SecretsforSellingandPromotingYourItems

SecretsforCreatingMoreEffectiveItemListings

SecretsforManagingYourAuctions

SecretsforAftertheAuction

SecretsforAnyeBaySeller

Youhavethingstosell.Youwanttomakesurethatyouactually

sellthemandthatyougetthehighestpricepossible.Butyou're

alsocompetingwithmillionsofotheritemsupforauctionatthe

sametime.Howdoyoustandoutfromthecrowd,attracta

bunchofbidders,andgooseupthehighbids?

Ifyou'relookingforextra-specialsellingsecrets,thischapteris

foryou.Discoverthesecretsandstrategiesthatwillhelpyou

beasuccessfulonlineauctionseller!



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