eBay can seem schizophrenic in how it treats sellers. On the one hand, it puts a lot of hurdles in front of serious sellers (even those selling part-time). At the same time, it entices what it calls “consumer sellers” by offering them easy-to-list tools.
Today’s announcement is one example of the latter – eBay updated its mobile app so sellers can list “in seconds” – even Apple iPhone 7 Plus 128 GB, which it said sells for $3,351. It encouraged people to look around their homes for items to sell, including examples of other mobile devices such as the Apple Watch Series 2, which it said sells for $1,621.
Sellers can earn top dollar with the help of eBay’s new technology, according to the announcement.
“Today, eBay is releasing a new update to its Android and iOS native apps that further simplifies the listing process and makes selling even easier. The update, which makes the process especially streamlined and appealing for new sellers, allows items to be listed on eBay within seconds.
“Sellers find the product they are listing by scanning in the barcode or typing a description, selecting the condition and clicking “list your item.” With 170 million active buyers in search of items, everyone can easily make money by selling on eBay.”
Kelly Vincent, eBay Vice President of Consumer Selling Product & Engineering, was quoted in the announcement, which urged sellers to “cash in and sell these popular items that may be hiding around the home.”
Also see this eBay corporate blog post by Megan Scurich, eBay Senior Product Manager of C2C Selling (Consumer to Consumer), who wrote in part:
“Our new tool is an evolution of the ability to search for a product by barcode to actually being able to list and start selling something simply by scanning a barcode. The update takes advantage of our structured data, providing insight into more than 1.1 billion listings on our site. We then pair that with historical data so that you can quickly list your items at the optimal price point.”
SOURCE: eBay Announcement