I have been one of those people that buys things from Ebay from time to time, but I have never tried to sell anything through it. I have a friend that has asked me to help him sell a few things on Ebay, and I told him I would be glad to “help.” I certainly don’t mine helping a friend make a little bit of extra money!
So he brought over a lot of items and expected me to do everything. And I mean EVERYTHING. From cleaning up the items, taking the photos of the items, determining how much to ask, to figuring out the shipping, to creating the account, to listing the items. He wanted me to explain all of the terms, the “ins” and “outs” of selling on Ebay. I don’t KNOW any of that – I have only BOUGHT things from Ebay, not SOLD them. I haven’t studied all of that, and wasn’t expecting to study all of that to be able to explain that to someone else. I don’t know about YOU, but I think that is more than “helping.”
I had to explain that in order to figure out the shipping, we needed to actually pack up the item, take measurements, and weigh the package, or we needed to get some of those “flat-rate” boxes from the Post Office.
I told him to take the items home, clean them up, take pictures, figure out how much he wants to charge for them, and package them up. I have a postal scale at home, so I told him I didn’t mine him bringing the items over after they are packed to weigh them, and I didn’t mine helping him to list the items for sale, but I didn’t expect to have to do EVERYTHING!
Later he told me that he went home and listed a couple of the items himself, and that they didn’t sell after only one week. I heard he is frustrated and thinks Ebay isn’t worth the trouble. I told him that he needs to give it more time than only one week!
Am I right to be a little bit frustrated?