eBay To Replace Trading Assistant Program With In-House Service

eBay has informed members of its Trading Assistant program that the scheme is to be disbanded on 20 September 2013.

In its place eBay is piloting a program called eBay Selling Assistant, which also sells items on eBay as a commission-based service, but is run entirely in-house.

The Trading Assistant program provided a directory of eBay sellers who specialize in consignment selling — selling items on behalf of others in return for a commission. With the program's closure, the directory will be removed and sellers will no longer have permission to use program logos and other marketing materials.

Consigment selling on eBay was a high profile new business model in the mid-2000s, with physical "drop-off" stores opening in many shopping locations. It's popularity has since waned.

Via EcommerceBytes.

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Andy
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Doesn't affect the UK
28 Aug 2013
The Trading Assistant Program retirement applies to North America only.

Thanks to Tamebay for the clarification.
Andy Geldman, Web Retailer
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