eBay has announced a new addition to its mobile app: soon you can scan trading cards from popular games like Pokémon, Magic: The Gathering and Yu-Gi-Oh! to make it easier to sell them on the online auction site.
The new card scanning feature is set to arrive in late April, but it only supports Magic: The Gathering when it launches. Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh! is scheduled to be added in May, with sports cards and “other trading card games” on the dock later this year.
Using the new scan option, sellers will only be able to scan a card, at which point eBay will use the card details to automatically build the listing. Sellers still need to add additional information, such as photos of the actual card, its condition, the price they want to sell it for, and other details. But the automated identification process should make it easier for salespeople to create their listings.
In addition to the new scanning feature, eBay adds a few improvements to the trading card buying process for both sellers and buyers. Sellers no longer need to offer the opportunity to return purchases to qualify for eBay̵
Trading cards – especially Pokémon cards – are in high demand these days. And the number of people who want to make money is skyrocketing – to the point where the appraisal company Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) has been forced to cancel submissions while working through the backlog. And given that popularity, it’s no surprise that eBay wants to make it easier for sellers to use the platform to list their cards.