After continuing eBay consignment sales for several years beyond eBay’s closure of the Trading Assistant program, I’m no longer able to accept any new clients. While some of it has been a good experience, most of the consignment work I’ve done has left me with a bitter taste in my mouth, unfortunately. I’m no longer taking new clients for the following three reasons:
Two years ago eBay scrapped their Trading Assistant program and replaced it with the pile of garbage that is the Valet program. This replaced quality trader-client relationships with impersonal, unreliable service. Thankfully, I’ve been able to find my own clients now that I’m too small for eBay to consider sending me leads. But it still leaves a bitter taste in my mouth how eBay left their trading assistants in the dust after over a decade of operating the TA program. Here are five reasons why you should skip the Valet and find yourself a local trading assistant to work with instead:
I’ve been using the United States Postal Service for 99% of my eBay shipping ever since I joined back in 1999. Despite all of the bad things you may hear, problems are rare, though still inevitable due to the sheer volume of parcels they process. I’ve never hesitated to defend the USPS whenever I hear a snide comment about government incompetence. However, incompetence most certainly exists at USPS, and it’s not the government’s fault.
Whether it’s USPS, UPS, Fedex, DHL, or any other shipper, sooner or later a problem’s going to arise. I’ve had my share of problems with UPS leaving their sticky notes without actually making a delivery attempt. For the amount of packages I ship with USPS, they do a surprisingly good job. However, two weeks ago I probably had the worst customer service experience I’ve ever encountered with USPS. I’ll be taking my overnight shipping needs to UPS or Fedex, and once you’re done reading this story, you might want to, also.
eBay is a fantastic way to make money cleaning up the clutter in your house or apartment. It’s a great business opportunity as there are many different markets you can potentially profit from. With these potential profits also come potential pitfalls, though. There are many aspects of selling that new sellers – and even some sellers who aren’t so new – tend to overlook or misunderstand. Since knowing is half the battle, here’s how you can avoid these 5 common eBay mistakes.
Researching the value of something on eBay is a quick and simple process. Whether you are looking to sell an item or simply research its value, the process is one and the same. You need an eBay account to use the advanced search features, even if you won’t be selling on eBay. If you’ve got a couple of minutes, you can look up the value of anything this way!