Trading Assistants are experienced eBay sellers who sell other people's items for a fee. If you want to sell items on eBay, but don't have the time or the experience, you can work with a Trading Assistant near you.
Becoming Trading Assistant
To become an eBay Trading Assistant and be listed in the Trading Assistant directory you must agree to and follow the guidelines in the Trading Assistant User Agreement.
In addition, you must:
Have an eBay account in good standing and keep it in good standing.
Have sold at least 10 items on eBay in the previous 3 months and continue to sell at least 10 items every 3 months.
Maintain a minimum Feedback score of 100, with at least 98% positive Feedback.
If you are interested in becoming a Trading Assistant, learn more about the requirements, benefits, and how to sign up.
Note: If you want to offer your services as a Trading Assistant on eBay Motors, you must meet additional requirements.
Finding the right Trading Assistant
You can search in the Trading Assistant directory for Trading Assistants near you. Once you've found some candidates, review their information carefully. Pay special attention to the following:
Trading Assistant profile. Click the Trading Assistant's user ID in the search results. You'll get information the Trading Assistant has provided about their specialties, fees, requirements, and other terms (such as drop-off schedule). Some Trading Assistants will sell in any of the categories on eBay, while others have expertise in particular areas and prefer to sell only in those categories. Look for Trading Assistants who will sell the type of item you have.
Feedback. Review Feedback from people who have done business in the past with the Trading Assistant. To review it, click the user ID in the search results, and then click the Member Profile button in the Trading Assistant profile.
Selling experience. In the Trading Assistant profile, click the Items for Sale button to see items they're currently selling. To see items they've sold in the past, click the Member Profile button, and then click the View Item link in their Feedback Profile. This will give you an idea of their approach to selling and indicate whether they have experience selling your type of item.
When you've narrowed down your list of candidates, contact them using the information provided in their Trading Assistant profile. Be sure to discuss any fees, terms and procedures in detail. For example, find out how and when unsold items are returned and how you will receive the money from sold items. You can also ask them to provide references from past clients.
Trading Assistants aren't employees of eBay or independent contractors of eBay. Each Trading Assistant runs an independent business, so you should apply the same standards in selecting a Trading Assistant as you would in hiring anyone to perform a service for you.
eBay does have selling activity and Feedback requirements for a seller to be listed in the Trading Assistants directory. These requirements must be maintained.
Some Trading Assistants choose to sell in certain categories or specialties and state this in their directory profile.
A Registered eBay Drop off Location is a Trading Assistant with a physical store where you can drop off items to be listed on eBay.
Each Trading Assistant and Registered eBay Drop off Location is responsible for setting their own fee structure.
Trading Assistants are responsible for ensuring items listed on eBay are legal to sell and that the services they provide are legal.
eBay has additional requirements for Trading Assistants that sell certain types of items including vehicles, real estate, and charitable items.
Find out more about the Trading Assistant program.