Sell items on eBay for others
If you're an experienced eBay seller and want to help other people sell
their items, you can be listed in eBay's Trading Assistants Directory.
Being listed in the directory is a great way to advertise your services to
people looking for help.
Joining the Trading Assistants Directory
To be listed in the directory, you must meet the following requirements:
- You've sold at least 4 items in the past 30 days.
- You have a feedback score of 50 or higher.
- 97% or more of your feedback is positive.
- Your eBay account is in good standing.
If you meet these requirements, you can create a profile in the Trading
Assistants Directory by clicking the "Create/Edit Your Profile" link
in the left navigation bar. You'll be able to describe your specialties,
fees, terms, contact information, and drop-in hours at your location. Your
profile will appear in search results when people look for Trading Assistants
in your area. Joining the Trading Assistants Directory is free.
You can create more than one profile in the directory. For example, if you
have several drop-off locations, you might create a profile for each
Working with clients
Including yourself in our Trading Assistants Directory is a lot like running
a classified ad for your own independent business. Trading Assistants are not
employees or contractors of eBay, nor do we endorse or approve them. eBay
provides the Trading Assistants Directory to help people find Trading
Assistants who can sell for them.
This means that it is completely up to you and your client to negotiate the
terms of doing business. We highly recommend that you define your policies and
negotiate all details in advance before you begin working with a client, such
- What kinds of items do you accept? Do they need to be of a certain minimum
- Does the client have a say in the starting price of the item or how it is
- What kind of fees do you charge (if any)? Your fees might vary by item
size, item type, and final sale price. Do you charge fees for additional
services, such as item pick-up? Are eBay's selling fees-which eBay charges
to you directly, since you are the official seller of the item-included in your
fees to clients?
- When the item sells, who will ship the item to the buyer, you or the
- When the item sells, how do you pass sale money on to the client. For
example, do you send a check? If so, how soon can the client expect to receive
- What's your policy if an item doesn't sell? For example, some
Trading Assistants offer to donate the item to charity if the client
doesn't want it back.
The more details you can establish up front, the better the experience will
be for both you and your clients. For valuable tips and tools, see our
Assistant Toolkit and the Trading Assistants
Selling on eBay as a Trading Assistant
Selling items on eBay for other people is essentially the same as selling
your own items. All normal trading rules apply. As the official seller on eBay,
you are responsible for accurately describing the item and following eBay's Listing Policies. You list the item, communicate with
buyers, manage the listing, receive the winning buyer's payment, ensure the
item reaches the buyer, give and receive feedback, etc. You are also ultimately
responsible for paying eBay's selling fees, even if you choose to pass the
expense on to the client as part of your overall fee to them. This is something
you should discuss with the client in advance.
Once an item sells and is paid for, you can send the sale money (minus your
fees) to the client.