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Friday, March 9, 2012

"eBay" Agent for Spastic, Wanna-Be Seller

Job Title: Sell my stuff on Ebay/Craigslist (Middleton)

Date: 2012-03-05, 1:32PM CST

I need someone to post my stuff on eBay or craigslist or wherever. I have lots of stuff to sell! I don't want to deal with determining the price, taking the pictures, responding to the emails or shipping the items. It would also be great if you could organize a garage sale with the items that are left but that's not necessary I might just donate what's left. I have nice things to sell. Everything from home furnishings to antiques, very high end women's clothes & purses, electronics, furniture, etc.. too much to even list!

I'll pay per piece sold, we can figure out a fair percentage. Do you have any experience selling things online? If you're organized, efficient and easy to get along with then send me an email telling me why this would be a good job for you. thank you! Compensation: per piece"

This job vacancy makes it appear as if someone wants to hold an online estate sale without actually calling it one. The successful applicant will be an accurate appraiser who doesn’t bite others’ heads off, or whatever “easy to get along with” means. Any job poster stating such a requirement should describe his or her personality in specific terms to enable applicants to better assess potential fit for the job.

As it stands, it seems as if the job poster will demand accountability despite a marked lack of communication regarding any part of the selling process. If the bulk of the job poster’s involvement will be negotiating a “fair percentage” with the job applicant, without any substantial discretion thereafter, then why would the appraiser / auctioneer need to be amicable towards the job poster? After all, a contract is a contract, irrespective of personality differences after the fact.

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