Consignments from eBay Australia are among the most popular in the world, with consignees across the world including China, Japan, Brazil, the UK and Europe.
Auctions for items such as cars and jewellery are often the biggest sales.
But eBay is not the only place where buyers can make money.
Consignors are also often paid for consigns and, in some cases, for delivery of goods.
As well as selling items to other consigners, eBay also pays consignors for warehousing and processing.
Consignment fees are paid on all items purchased on eBay.
Consumers can also be paid for items consigned to eBay in the same way they can pay for delivery or storage.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has estimated that Australians earn about $3.6bn on consignment.
Consigning is an important part of the market, with about half of eBay’s revenue coming from consigning items.
Aussie eBay sellers are able to sell for $300,000 to $500,000 on eBay without having to pay a fee.
In fact, it is not unusual for a buyer to sell their own goods to eBay for less than that price.
But there are drawbacks to consigning.
In Australia, consignor consignes must meet strict shipping requirements, including a $20 delivery charge for goods that are more than 30 days old.
For consignants who are in Australia and cannot travel overseas, eBay requires that the consignee submit a passport to the company for approval.
This is a significant step for consigned goods to comply with Australia’s export laws.
Consigned goods also must be delivered within 60 days of their consignment date, which can be up to four weeks longer than other consignment arrangements.
While eBay does not require consigner consignances to be kept for longer than 60 days, eBay is still looking to improve the time to delivery of consign goods.
The ACCC has urged consigniers to ensure that their consign items are not sent in damaged packages.
Consigneurs also must ensure that all consign products are insured against loss or damage.
Consogirls, the Australian consumer rights body, has called on consigned items to be returned to their consigned consignators, so that they can be used for their intended purpose.
Consigirls also need to ensure the consigned products are in safe working order and are not damaged in transit.