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We are excited to work with you to help your business grow right from home in Austin by making your products available to our 182M shoppers around the world. Before applying, we encourage you to fully consider the program offerings and how they might complement your business growth plans.

Confirm Your Eligibility

To participate in Retail Revival, applicants must at minimum:

  • Have an official business. We appreciate hobbyists and encourage everyone with a business idea to pursue it, but this program is not a business incubator. It is geared toward entrepreneurs who have an active, official business that is poised for growth.

  • Offer products that:

    • In some way reflect Austin’s unique culture and character.

    • Align with one of eBay’s product categories.

    • Do not violate any eBay policy (e.g. hate speech merchandise, ivory, guns, etc.). Learn more about restricted items.

  • Be based in the Austin metropolitan area (Austin and surrounding towns, such as Round Rock or Dripping Springs).

  • Be prepared and available to actively participate in the program for its full duration, including attending the initial in-person training session in mid-January.

Beyond these requirements, the strongest applicants will:

  • Have a minimum history of one year of operations.

  • Have a strong business plan that includes ecommerce as part of their growth strategy.

  • Have a brick-and-mortar presence (a plus, but not required).

  • Offer a range and depth of inventory at varying price points.

  • Demonstrate a passion for and commitment to expanding their business.

  • Have at least a basic level of comfort and competency with technology.

  • Maintain an active social media presence.

Prior online selling experience is not a requirement. Many of eBay’s most successful sellers started with a brick-and-mortar presence in their local town and expanded to ecommerce to reach a new, broader customer base.

Finally, while this program is primarily geared toward small businesses not yet selling on eBay, we are happy to consider existing eBay sellers who have not yet reached their potential on the platform and would benefit from dedicated support. 

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We are excited to work with you to help your business grow right from home in Austin by making your products available to our 182M shoppers around the world.