Chapter 8. Tricks for Running a Successful Trading Assistant Business

There’s a relatively new type of eBay business that might be of interest. It’s consignment selling—where you sell items on consignment for other people. It’s not quite the same as buying merchandise for resale; it’s really a different business model.

When you sell merchandise on consignment, you’re what eBay calls a Trading Assistant (TA). It works this way: The owner of the merchandise contracts with you to manage the entire auction process, which you proceed to do. You take possession of the merchandise, research it, photograph it, write up an item description, and create and launch the auction listing. You manage the auction and collect the buyer’s payment when it sells; ...

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