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What do you call an ebay trader ?

What do you call an ebay trader ?

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No this isn't the first line of a joke (although I'm sure I'll get some witty responses).

In the self-employment pages at Box 3:2 what description are you using to describe an ebay trader.

Timothy Booth

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By Crassus
31st Jan 2005 17:25

Don't call him a 'General [email protected]
Whatever you do, don't call your client a 'General Dealer' - in the days of old-fashioned Revenue-generated assessments, this was the euphemism for burglars and other career criminals. (Prostitutes were assessed for 'Furnished Lettings', which could cause embarassment for virtuous landladies.)

'Dealer in second-hand goods' is accurate, but sufficiently vague to cover any extension of trade from E-Bay to other marketplaces.

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By listerramjet
25th Jan 2005 13:27

market trader or general trader
if it helps then ebay is like a very large market or car boot sale. The fact that it is carried out over the internet is not particularly relevant, apart from the nature of certain costs than should legitimately be charged against the income.

would there be a separate trade if the trader also had a market stall or shop (as some do)? It sounds more like there is a single trade carried out through multiple channels.

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By Paul Soper
24th Jan 2005 15:44

Depends on what they trading in. Trader in general goods, sports goods etc etc should do the trick, but you might want to avoid being too specific if they branch out into a new line of goods - so maybe "Internet Trader" would do the job

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By NeilW
24th Jan 2005 15:44

Simple Really
What is wrong with Ebay Trader?

Sounds better than hawker.

NeilW

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By Anonymous
25th Jan 2005 18:11

Ebay trader description
On the point of one trade or two, I did, about 20 years, have to unravel a Market Trader's set of accounts - ie. convert several years' single set of accounts into two sets of accounts per year. What had happened was that the trader had gone one step further than importing goods for sale on his market stall - he started renting a church and used it as a warehouse and started selling the goods to other market traders.
Here there were 2 trades, ie, wholesaling (new) and retailing (existing). This trader is still trading, but no longer a market stall - instead his "warehouse" (wholesaling) business has gone retail so his customers are again members of the public.

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By Anonymous
24th Jan 2005 18:30

Description of EBay trade
As a general rule I prefer to use as wide ranging a description of trade as possible.
So in this case "Mail Order / Internet Retailer".

The point of this is if the change changes in the future you do not have a "new" trade which IR might argue needs separate SA pages.

It quite some time since IR tried to say one of my clients was undertaking a "new" trade - I successfully argued diversification of existing trade - this was a painter & decorating starting to do fence repairs and gardening as well. Nowadays I'd describe such a trader as propertyu maintenance.

It's more of an issue with non 5th April / 31st March year ends.

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