eBay, the online marketplace, is teaming up with The University of Nottingham Students’ Union and Nottingham Trent Students’ Union to find smart, enterprising Nottingham students to take part in the first ever eBay Cup in the UK. The campaign is also being promoted through UCAS Media.

Research found that the average UK university student has more than £6,000 worth of sellable possessions and those in Nottingham had a staggering £6,700. Nationally, students said they owned 36 pieces of tech, 61 items of clothing and 35 household items. This means that UK students are sitting on £8.46 billion worth of sellable possessions and yet 65% of those surveyed said they would either bin their unwanted items or give them away.

Will Weightman, director of consumer selling at eBay comments: “The eBay Cup will showcase to Nottingham students how easy it is make some extra cash on selling on eBay.”

“Students are under more financial pressure than ever before, yet our research shows that three quarters are not taking advantage of the untapped value of their unwanted items. Selling on eBay is a great way to make money and students can really take advantage of this untapped source of income.

And perhaps the launch of the eBay Cup will encourage the future generation of entrepreneurs as ebay.co.uk is home to over 200,000 business sellers.”

To take part in the eBay Cup, Nottingham students can register at ebaycup.ebay.co.uk. The student that sells the most during the competition period between 29 February and 9 April will be crowned champion.

The winning student of the eBay Cup will receive: £3,000 cash, a week’s work experience at eBay (UK) Ltd and £500 to spend on eBay.

Check here for full T&Cs: http://ebaycup.ebay.co.uk/terms-and-conditions utm_campaign=ebaycup&utm_medium=email&utm_content=terms&utm_source=ucas

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