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(Last Updated On: December 3, 2017)

Talk to Me. How Did This Start?

Once you're the known ‘eBay Guy', a few things happen. The first will be the requests for advice. Postage prices, places to buy packaging and those things. You're nice, I can tell, so you give that info them no problem. That's when the favours start. They want you to show them how to photograph their things better. And answers this buyer's question. After, the “Oh, and could you sell this for me?” comes out.

If you're the type that doesn't mind when things have got to that final phase, eBay Neighbourhood is exactly the thing you need to know about.


What is eBay Neighbourhood?

eBay Neighbourhood is a platform that enables the public to sell items on behalf of others. For people wanting to get rid of things, it can be seen as a universal bric-a-brac trade-in platform. For the sellers, it's a place to source a range of various items for free.

What's so special about it is that it's legitimising something that has been going on for ages. Rather than just being able to sell things from your friends and family, your local neighbourhood is now filled with potential clients for you to get products to sell for.

The agreement is that the seller receives 60% of the sale price, while the original owner gets to keep 40% (minus fees). Seems fair.


What's in it for Them?

Do you realise how many people know about eBay but don't know how to use it? Or are too scared? Or had bad experiences? This gives thousands of people the chance to give eBay another go, but from the passenger seat. They're handing over all selling duties to an expert, who will get rid of that thing for them.

eBay may think that this will eventually get them to sell on eBay for themselves. If not, it doesn't matter. More people selling on there means potentially more people shopping in there. The more that happens, the more commission they can skim off the sales.


Why Should I Sell with eBay Neighbourhood?

eBay Neighbourhood is particularly good for those that may not have much to sell on their own eBay, and want to keep their account active. If you know you're a competent eBay user, and you want to make a little extra money, it makes sense to give it a go.

Think of how many eBay sellers  shy away from selling things collection-only. These items could be too big or heavy to ship, so a collection is the only way to get rid. Many people don't want to put themselves through the experience – meeting strangers either at their home or a neutral location to exchange potentially high value goods – for fear of being scammed, or worse. It's understandable, but it gets in the way of money for these sellers. Each of those people could be a potential new client for you. These individuals are going to be far more comfortable meeting an experienced eBay seller to hand over an item for them to sell for you.

eBay Neighbourhood is a way to keep the money rolling in for sellers that know what they're doing, and don't mind the responsibility that comes with having to deal with another person's goods.


What Else Do I Need to Know About?

eBay has opened up this trial scheme to people in a handful of towns and cities across the UK. Bath, Birmingham, Blackpool, Brighton, Bristol, Colchester, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester, Nottingham, Oxford, Southampton and York are on there at the moment. This would explain why many haven't heard about it up until now. It received a soft launch back in summer 2016, and is steadily growing in numbers.

As with any other time when you're borrowing another person's possessions, they will have expectations about what's going on with it. You agree how the sale is going to go down beforehand – perhaps a minimum price, a timeframe in which to sell it and how to collect it – and you go from there. It's then your job to work your eBay magic – maybe with better photos, description and keyword-rich title than the original owner – and ensure that someone makes the purchase.

It's up to you to decide what tasks to undertake and whether it's worth your time. Don't feel obliged to take on everything in your area, just because it's there. If you've spent a few years on eBay with a variety of product types, you will know what's going to be difficult to sell. There's no point in putting yourself through extra hassle, with the expectations of someone else too.

eBay Neighbourhood – if given the right publicity – could make people reconsider decluttering with trade-in websites like Music Magpie or opting to give things away through Freecycle.


How Do I Sign Up for eBay Neighbourhood?

If you’re in the UK, click here to see if you’re eligible for the pilot.


27 / Nottingham, UK. Trying these things since 2007. Writing about these things since 2014. Doing this full-time since 2018.