EBay lowering fixed-price sellers' listing fees Good News

by Mark Riddle 12 replies
EBay Inc is cutting the fees U.S. sellers on its site pay for fixed-price items, in one of the company's boldest moves this year to boost merchandise for sale, lure new buyers and take on competitors.

Total sellers' fees will decrease in most cases under eBay's plan to improve the balance between buyers and sellers on the world's largest online auction site, and thereby reduce customer defections to rivals such as Amazon.com Inc.


Instead of charging sellers to list each item separately, eBay will charge 35 cents to list any number of the same types of fixed-price items. Similar changes will be made in Germany and Britain, eBay's second- and third-largest auction markets.


The move, effective September 16, is a bid to reduce the clutter of similar items on eBay -- 100 pairs of white socks will now be sold as a group, for example. The change is timed to boost business heading into the crucial holiday season.

Here's the link for more info:

EBay lowering fixed-price sellers' listing fees | Reuters

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  • Profile picture of the author adamv
    That's good news for me. In addition to selling my artwork and DVDs on my own website I also sell on eBay. I used to list a ton of stuff but when the prices kept going up I started listing less and less. Right now I pretty much only list my DVDs and nothing else.

    If this is true I think I'll start listing everything again (until some ass wipe leaves negative feedback for no reason and I have no recourse.) I hope eBay will reconsider their stupid feedback policy.
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    • Profile picture of the author dbh
      Uh huh, sure. The last time eBay lowered listing fees, they forgot to mention that they also raised final value fees about twice as much as the lowered listing fees :rolleyes:...

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      • Profile picture of the author adamv
        Originally Posted by dbh View Post

        Uh huh, sure. The last time eBay lowered listing fees, they forgot to mention that they also raised final value fees about twice as much as the lowered listing fees :rolleyes:...

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        That's true. The final value fees are just shy of 9% (ouch!) And then my customers check out with paypal and eBay gets a little more money.
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        • Profile picture of the author Dan Briffa
          Thats really good,

          There has been a multiple listing week going on here in UK where you can list mulitple identical items for one fee for a set time. I wonder if this is a test for the change to appear.

          I hope this change comes in as im starting to grow my Ebay biz and could really do with cutting down some of the fees.

          I paid over £1,000 in ebay fees in the last month alone.

          i also made a healty profit but still.. we could all do with cutting those fees right?
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          • Profile picture of the author LB
            ebay is getting their asses kicked in the fixed-price arena by Amazon and this is obviously directed at that.

            Problem is ebay needs to decide what they are...if they're an auction site, then be the best auction site there is.
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            • Profile picture of the author Dan Briffa
              Yeah its like they cant make theyre minds up which way to go. lol Do ONE thing and do it well!
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              • Profile picture of the author ExRat
                Hi,

                Damnation.

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                • Profile picture of the author schabotte
                  From what I read, there are lots more changes than just this...

                  higher final value fees
                  more tweaks to search to favor certain activities
                  electronic payment only

                  eBay Makes Major Announcement, Creates Core-Store Hybrid
                  eBay Changes Fees for Fixed-Price Media Listings
                  eBay Changes Search, Bans Checks & Money Orders

                  covers all the changes in pretty good detail.
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                  • Profile picture of the author dbh
                    Originally Posted by schabotte View Post

                    From what I read, there are lots more changes than just this...

                    higher final value fees
                    more tweaks to search to favor certain activities
                    electronic payment only

                    eBay Makes Major Announcement, Creates Core-Store Hybrid
                    eBay Changes Fees for Fixed-Price Media Listings
                    eBay Changes Search, Bans Checks & Money Orders

                    covers all the changes in pretty good detail.
                    Boy am I glad that I'm slowly getting away from eBay. These are just more nails in their coffin as far as I'm concerned. The new payment acceptance is an obvious move by them to control all aspects of a transaction as well as force more people to use PayPal.

                    Sellers who can see through this crap and afford to do so should move away from eBay asap because if you depend on them for your livelyhood then at some point you will be very, very sorry.....

                    I hope Amazon cleans their clock....

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                    • Profile picture of the author TedMarlett
                      When I read the article they did not appear to be very concerned about working with the sellers unless you were a seller that was listing many thousands of products on their site. Then, it appears they will give that particular seller a very agreeable discount on listings.

                      They have never been very supportive of sellers. I started selling there in 2004 and stopped in 2005 when they really started turning against sellers.

                      I do not think I will ever be back.
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                      • Profile picture of the author buckapple
                        Wow,

                        This is great. Save me about $100 a month unless they jack of the backend final value fee to the point that it's a wash.

                        Besides trying to satisfy the investors, I wonder who, besides amazon, is putting the squeeze on eBay.

                        Once I find out, I'm going to go list there...
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                        • Profile picture of the author adamv
                          I just looked into the fee structure changes that eBay is making and while listing fees for fixed price items are going down quite a bit, the final value fees are going way up. For books, CDs, and DVDs (which I sell) the final value fee will be 15%.

                          I may start listing more stuff again but those final value fees are crazy. The just went up a couple of months ago from 5% to 8.75% and next month they will be 15%.
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