eBay UK have announced that they’ll be closing eBay Neighbourhoods by the end of August.
Neighbourhoods were announced as an updated version of eBay Trading Assistants in July of 2016 with the aim to connect experienced sellers with people in their local area who need help selling on eBay. In return for helping them, seller would receive a set 40% commission based on the final sale price. The selling commission was to cover the eBay and PayPal fees as well as your admin fees for selling the item but there were also some additional eBay fee discounts when selling your own products.
The initial eBay Neighbourhood Pilot went live in London, Manchester and Glasgow in August 2016 and was further expanded in the October to Oxford; Nottingham; Brighton; Leeds; Birmingham; Southampton; Colchester; York; Blackpool; Bath; and Bristol.
“Following an initial roll-out in some parts of the UK, we’ve made the difficult decision to stop supporting the eBay Neighbourhood project on eBay.co.uk. Despite lots of interest, we found that item owners such as yourself prefer to sell their items themselves.”
eBay Neighbourhood will officially shut down on the 31st of August 2017 and from then on there will be no official eBay Trading Assistant type program.
However if you’re one of the people who value someone selling your unwanted items on eBay on your behalf, all is not lost. There are still a handful of companies who specialise in this, one of which is Stuff U Sell which is run by occasional Tamebay contributing author David Brackin.