January 16, 2008 | 12:29PM PST/PT
Hi everyone...I'm Sharon Guldner, and I manage the Trading Assistant program. Trading Assistants are experienced eBay sellers who make a business out of selling items on behalf of others. By hiring a Trading Assistant, buyers can take advantage of their expertise, save time and effort, and still reap the rewards of selling their items on eBay.
We're making a number of improvements to the Trading Assistant directory and tools to make it more powerful, including:
- New search functions to help potential customers find you, our Trading Assistants, more quickly
- An opt-in lead management system to distribute leads directly to you
- A new evaluation system to help showcase your satisfied customers
- New marketing materials, including updated logos and customizable collateral, mailers and business cards, which will all be FREE to use.
We're also making the following administrative changes:
- Qualification: Trading Assistants will need to have a minimum Feedback score of 100 with at least 98% positive, sales of at least 10 items in the last 3 months, and an account in good standing to qualify for the program.
- Titles: The previously-used name "Trading Post" has been changed to "Registered eBay Drop Off Location." Use of the term “Auction” or "Auctioneer" in a Trading Assistant business name, signage, and marketing materials is no longer permitted unless you are a licensed auctioneer.
- User Agreements: We now have two separate User Agreements - one for Trading Assistants and one for Registered eBay Drop Off Locations (including new insurance requirements).
- Profiles: Each Trading Assistant may have only one profile in the directory, but you can now refer potential clients to your own Trading Assistant web site. If you're an Education Specialist you can also link to your profile and classes.
Please note: Current Trading Assistants must register by 2/11/08
As part of these new changes, all Trading Assistants must register and accept the user agreement for the new program. On February 11 we'll be retiring the current Trading Assistant directory, and only Trading Assistants who have registered for the new program will be found in the new version.
For more information about these changes, visit our Frequently Asked Questions. We also welcome all your comments and feedback on the Trading Assistant discussion board.
Sign up for the new and improved Trading Assistant program at www.ebaytradingassistant.com.
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