Author: Hillary DePiano

Changes to the eBay Trading Assistant program: In plain English

For anyone that received the slightly intimidating letter from eBay today about changes to the Trading Assistant Program, I wanted to take this opportunity to quickly go over what these changes mean in plain English before anyone started to panic. Essentially, the TA program is changing in several ways, most of which are behind the scenes and will just lead to greater visibility. For the average seller, this means very little in how you run your business other than you may suddenly have more volume. But you do need to do something to “opt-in” to these improvements. eBay is trying to ensure that all Trading Assistants are aware of the new changes and are making sure of this by essentially forcing you to re-sign up for the program at There you can accept the new User Agreement and make sure that you are still eligible. You will also need to re-fill in your TA profile so I would recommend having your old profile open in another window so that you can just copy and paste. For all TAs, home based or retail stores, the following changes affect you: There is a new User Agreement. You will need to read this and accept it at The terms for sellers have changed slightly. The new terms are, “To qualify, all Trading Assistants on eBay are now required to have...

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Why now is the very best time to have a consignment business on eBay as a Trading Assistant

As my newest book, The Trading Assistant’s Assistant got two great reviews recently, one from Blogcritics and one from Armchair Interviews, I wanted to take a quick time-out from part two of the buyer’s glossary to talk a little turkey (Thanksgiving Day pun intended!) about starting a Trading Assistant business. Why, you ask? Well, frankly, because there is no better time. I should clarify from the start that you can start a Trading Assistant business at anytime. In fact, you may even want to get your business started in a slower season so that you can work out the bugs in your service before you dive headlong into being a Trading Assistant in the busiest season. However, if you have even dabbled with the idea of being a Trading Assistant or are one already, there is something that you should know. October through January is the best time of the whole year to be a Trading Assistant. It’s tempting, as the holidays arrive, to get wrapped up in your own holiday rush and let your business fall to the wayside while you enjoy the festivities. From a money making and business standpoint, however, you would be missing a huge opportunity. This four month span benefits from several circumstances that give a boost to your service and marketing creating a perfect storm and the best opportunity for profit in your...

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About The Whine Seller

Hillary "The Whine Seller" DePiano

With two decades of ecommerce experience behind her, author Hillary "The Whine Seller" DePiano would never claim to be an expert on selling online but she's sure put in enough hours to play one on TV. Read more...


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