eBay, the one-stop-shop in the world for buying and selling trading cards whether you’re a collector, flipper or investor, is introducing a new feature that will make card listings much easier and cut its time down by half.
Beginning in late April, eBay users who are looking to sell their cards can simply scan them using eBay’s mobile apps for iOS and Android to create a listing efficiently. This new selling feature will support Magic the Gathering cards at launch and expand to Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh! in May. Other collectables like sports trading cards will be added later this year.
eBay is the only leading platform to house this overwhelming demand of buying and selling high valued collectable cards. With huge sales like the 1993 Magic The Gathering Alpha Black Lotus that sold over US$511,100 and 1998 Pokemon Japanese Promo Holo Pikachu for US$375,00 just this year, this new listing tool is a great response from eBay to show their investments and commitment to the community and its trade.
Sellers can use eBay’s new image listing feature under their apps by following these simple steps:
- Open or download eBay’s app from iOS or Android mobile device or tablet. Start listing by typing a name into the search bar(e.g., “Magic the Gathering”). When prompted, select “Tap to search with your camera.”
- Point your camera at the card and hold to scan the card’s image. A list of possible matches will pop up, showing details that include game name, card title, card set, card number, rarity, card type, power and more.
- Tap the correct (or closest) match to pre-populate your listing with all of the card details.
- Add photos, the card condition, price and shipping to complete your listing.
eBay also added several enhancements to support the trading card community:
- Improving Returns: Trading card sellers are no longer required to offer returns in order to qualify for Top Rated Plus, which gives sellers a 10 percent discount, badging and additional eBay protections
- Low-Cost Shipping: Securely ship raw trading cards priced at US$20 and under using eBay Standard Envelope for less than US$1, with tracking included
- Protecting Buyers & Sellers: Also coming soon, eBay is reviewing its buyer protection policy for trading cards to ensure it protects both buyers and sellers in a category with high market volatility.
This is quite exciting for trading card collectors as it’ll be interesting to see how the new feature plays out. Hopefully, it’ll have a good database of cards with the ability to show similar listings for sellers to compare their prices before they list it up.