eBay put out another call for sellers to sign on as customer service gig workers, inviting them to get paid for helping other sellers find answers.
We first wrote about the program
in 2020 when eBay launched the program in the UK and again in 2021 when it launched in the US.
A reader forwarded the email they received today:
Subject: Get paid to help other eBay sellers
Be an eBay expert
Become an eBay Seller Expert with Limitless and you can earn cash by helping other sellers thrive.
We've partnered with the platform Limitless to make it easy to become an eBay pro. Earn up to $1.20 every time you help a seller, and get a $10 credit for becoming an expert. Just register with Limitless and you'll learn how to share tips and tricks in no time.
Thanks for being part of the eBay community.
The EcommerceBytes reader was clearly underwhelmed, writing, "Up to $1.20? Be still my beating heart????"
But what is it really like to act as a customer-service gig worker for eBay? Its partner Limitless interviewed one for its blog in April.
While the seller said she learns and improves her skills when helping others as an eBay Expert, she said, "The best thing is receiving genuine gratitude from the people that you provide support to. It feels really positive to help someone solve a problem. Every question is different, which keeps you on your toes too. Just when you think you know all there is to know, a question will pop up that you have to do a bit more research into. It keeps things interesting!"
Unfortunately the interview didn't cover how much she earned in a typical hour. But clearly she's not expecting to make a living from the earnings. "My Expert earnings are going to be my Christmas fund," she said. (See the interview on LimitlessTech.com
A seller on the eBay boards
reminded colleagues that if eBay or Limitless were paying sellers, they would require a social security number from the seller and would be required to send a 1099-NEC to report the payments to tax authorities.
Ironically some sellers on the discussion board thread had difficulties accessing the Limitless website, and people jumped in and offered assistance - for free.