How to Make Money Listing eBay Items

Selling items for others on eBay can be a lucrative home business. EBay provides users who have items for sale with an online platform that reaches a worldwide audience. For sellers who aren't computer savvy or who don't have Internet access readily available, the listing and selling process is difficult. Listing eBay items for those who can't do it themselves can be a good way to make money; you receive a commission regardless of whether the item sells, and you don't have to worry about finding your own inventory to sell on eBay.

How to Make Money Listing eBay Items

Things You'll Need

EBay seller account


1 - Check your eBay account to confirm that you qualify for the eBay Trading Assistant program. You must have a seller account in good standing with at least 100 feedback points, 98 percent or better positive feedback and a minimum of 10 sales within the last three months.


2 - Visit the eBay Trading Assistant home page and click the "Sign Up" link. Follow the on-screen prompts to link your eBay account with the Trading Assistant program. You can choose to become a registered drop-off point where people bring you items they wish to sell, a trading assistant who visits individuals to help them choose items to sell, or both.


3 - Set fees for your services. Decide whether you want a commission based on the final selling price of the item, a flat fee charge for your services or other payment types. Draft a basic contract for clients, which contains the terms of your commission or fee, what fees will be charged to the client for items that do not sell and a release from liability if eBay cancels the auction or items do not sell for as much as anticipated.


4 - Advertise your services. Print fliers to advertise yourself as an eBay drop-off point or trading assistant and hang them in public places. Advertise in local newspapers or on websites that service your local community. Include the website address for your profile in the eBay Trading Assistant directory on all fliers, business cards and other advertising materials.


5 - Evaluate all items presented for sale and compare them to similar items already listed on eBay to estimate a possible sale price. Take your own pictures of the items in good lighting, presenting several different views of each item and capturing any damage or blemishes that might lower the final price. Research each item as best you can to determine the manufacturer, age and any pertinent details that can be used in the auction listing.


6 - Take possession of the item once you agree to sell it. List the item as soon as possible, setting the length of each listing according to the client's wishes. Write a detailed description of the item that contains relevant keywords to help searchers find it. Set a reasonable shipping price for each listing, and add "Buy It Now" prices or other listing upgrades if your client requests them.


7 - Monitor your listings, answering any questions you receive as quickly as possible. Once a listing ends, and you receive a payment for it, package and ship the item and leave feedback for the buyer. Deduct your commission or fee from the money you receive for the item, and pay the rest to your client.

Tips & Warnings

Getting items listed as soon as possible and paying clients quickly after receiving money for items improve your local reputation and may help you to earn repeat business.

The eBay Trading Assistant directory allows eBay users to search for trading assistants and drop-off points in their local area. Keep your contact information up-to-date and respond to emails quickly so you can gain additional business from clients who find you using the directory.

Some states require individuals who perform eBay consignment services to become licensed as auctioneers.

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