Let an experienced eBay member sell your items for you
- Save time and effort. The Trading Assistant handles every aspect of
selling your item on eBay, from listing the item to shipping it to the
- Take advantage of selling expertise. All Trading Assistants have
experience selling on eBay and are in good standing in the eBay community. Many
of them specialize in certain categories and know how to sell your type of item
for maximum value.
- Make money. When your item sells, the Trading Assistant passes the
profit on to you (after taking out fees).
How it works
Find the right stuff.
Look around your home for items you'd like to sell. With millions of
buyers and thousands of categories on eBay, there's a vast array of items
that can be sold successfully. Keep in mind, however, that Trading Assistants
decide whether or not they are willing to sell on a per-item basis. In general,
you'll be able to find a willing Trading Assistant if:
- Your item has a good chance of selling. For example, an item in excellent
condition is much more likely to sell than the same type of item in poor
condition. In addition, certain types of items are more likely to sell than
others. See a list of suggested items.
- Your item has a value of (and is likely to sell for) at least $50.
If you're not sure about your item's value or chances of being sold,
most Trading Assistants will be happy to make an assessment for you. You can
also do a little research of your own by searching for similar items on eBay
and seeing how they perform.
Also note that some types of items are prohibited from being sold on eBay
according to our Prohibited and Restricted Items policy.
Trading Assistants are expected to know these policies, but you should also be
familiar with them.
Find the right Trading Assistant.
Search in our Trading Assistants Directory for Trading
Assistants located near you. Once you've found some candidates, review
their information carefully, including:
- Trading Assistant profile. Click on 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 thousands
of item 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.
- Member profile. Like all eBay members, Trading Assistants have a
running record of feedback from people who have traded with them in the past.
How the Trading Assistant has dealt with buyers and sellers is a good
indication of the experience you'll have with them as a Trading Assistant.
Within their Trading Assistant profile, click on the "Member profile"
link to see this information. (All Trading Assistants in the directory have
experience selling on eBay, a feedback score of at least 50, and at least 97%
- Selling experience. Within the Trading Assistant's member
profile, click on the "Items for Sale" link to see items they're
currently selling, or click on item numbers to see items they've sold in
the past. 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 and terms in detail. You can also ask them to provide references from
Note: Trading Assistants are not employees or independent contractors
of eBay, nor do we endorse or approve them. Each Trading Assistant runs his or
her own independent business, free from any involvement by eBay. You should
apply the same standards in selecting a Trading Assistant as you would in
hiring anyone to perform a service for you. Use good judgment and common sense
in making your choice.
Once you drop off the item (or have it picked up), your work is done! The
Trading Assistant will list the item for sale on eBay, answer questions from
buyers, collect payment, and ship or deliver the item to the buyer if it sells.
If the item does not sell, the Trading Assistant will return it to you. Some
Trading Assistants also offer to donate unsold items to charity.
The Trading Assistant will collect payment from the buyer, deduct any fees you
owe, and pass the rest on to you. Check with your Trading Assistant ahead of
time to determine how and when you will receive the money.