eBay Changes Starting 22 September 2011

John Avis by | August 19, 2011 | eBay and PayPal

Most eBay customers should already be aware of the fee changes coming 22 September 2011.

I have mixed feelings about the change to allow you to list items with zero insertion fees. As a seller I think it's great because you can try and sell all that stuff that is probably unlikely to sell and not pay unless it sells. However, as a buyer I am not looking forward to it as this change will most likely result in having to wade through a whole lot more crap to find the good stuff. For example, most of the searches I do on the free-to-list quicksales.com.au results in 99% crap, 1% good stuff.

The thing that annoys me about the upcoming eBay changes is the deceitfulness we have become accustomed to with eBay.

As you are probably aware final value fees are increasing from 5.25% to 7.9%, which according to eBay is: "To enable eBay to offer this up front saving and simplified fee format, eBay is re-balancing and simplifying fees by slightly increasing final value fees..." (source)

However, if you list ore than 30 items per month you have to pay the same listing fee as before AND you still have to pay the new nearly 8% listing fee.

On top of the new 7.9% final value fee you will more often than not also have to pay the PayPal (an eBay company) commission on both the item final value and shipping costs, making the percentage payable to eBay quite considerable.

On a positive note it's about time we got free gallery image (shame it doesn't apply to all listings). This is a good benefit to sellers and whatever benefits sellers benefits eBay too!

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