eBay to Make Changes to Seller Fees

By: Chris Crum - February 1, 2010

eBay announced  that starting March 30, it will be "lowering the cost of selling for sellers of all sizes," a notion that is heavily disputed. The company claims it will introduce its lowest insertion fees ever, and that may be true for the lowest-priced auctions, but many are claiming prices are higher. Just read through the comments of this article to get a feel for what is being discussed.

Note: Some edits have been made to this article, but it has always said that the price change represents an increase for some sellers (now bolded below).

Here are the new options for sellers, as described in eBay’s announcement:

Option 1: "eBay Everyday" Standard Rates

– List up to 100 items a month Auction-style free—no Insertion Fees—when you start your Auction-style listing under $1.

– Get new, lower Insertion Fees for all other start prices.

– Either way, pay one easy Final Value Fee of 9% of the winning bid—and never more than $50—pay only if your item sells.

– List in Fixed Price for 50¢ with Final Value Fees mostly the same as today

Option 2: eBay Stores Subscription Packages

– List in Fixed Price with full search exposure for as low as 3¢ Insertion Fees with Final Value Fees for the most part the same as today

– Get FREE pictures

– Get deeply discounted fees on Auction-style listings

eBay says option one is ideal for those who sell occasionally, while option two is better for most sellers with 50 or more listings a month.

eBay’s price change does represent a price increase for sellers who don’t have a store. This is brought up in an interview (though supplied by eBay itself) with eBay VP of Buyer and Seller Experience Dinesh Lathi. His response is below (there is more to the interview, which can be viewed here):

When asked about why eBay will now only offer zero insertion fees for auctions starting under $1, as opposed to 5 item listings for free at any start price, Lathi says it is because eBay feels like the under $1 price is where the auction format works best.

Not everything from eBay’s announcement is targeted at sellers. For buyers, the company is launching a new buyer protection program, which they see as a way to bring in more buyers and keep them on eBay. There is another series of videos discussing this aspect of the announcement with eBay Senior Director of Resolutions Lynda Talgo here. When asked whether or not the program could be perceived as eBay favoring the buyer over the seller, she says:

Another key component of eBay’s announcement is what the company refers to as a boost to seller efficiency. For example, sellers of auto parts will be able to create a single listing with a complete list of compatible vehicles, which will save the seller on insertion fees and time. Sellers will be able to list multiple variations of a product in one fixed price listing in "many more" categories.

More details that reflect upcoming eBay changes can be found in this interview, this interview, the 2010 Spring Seller Update overview, and this announcement itself. In addition, there will be a webinar Thursday, and more details announced on the announcement board.

What do you think of eBay’s upcoming changes? Discuss here.

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  • Jillian

    Ebay DID NOT lower their fees.
    This is how they FRAMED their massive Fee increase. Some sellers are going to be seeing a 141% fee increase. The majority of sellers received a 15% increase.

    They sent out a wonderful little email today, and must’ve thought the people that sell on Ebay were to stupid to click on the links. Not this lady.

    Their stock went up because Ebay found a way to make millions – by screwing over the people that sell on their site.

    Expect a massive exodus from Ebay. The boards are buzzing and the sellers are IRATE!

    This was the most IDIOTIC business move possible. Yes, they will make alot more money at the beginning, but once sellers realize what had happened, Ebay will LOSE in the end.

    • Argent

      This will all continue until a better option where there are the things buyers want to buy and sellers have it all for less. Show me a viable alternative.

      • Guest

        Alternative? Craigslist, Kijiji are great places to buy and sell for free. There are also other auction sites out there. Personally I’ve had enough – I’m done with Ebay’s 8-12% final value fees, insertion fees, Paypal fees, lousy search results.

    • http://www.bappin.com josh

      seriously did you read the email? or are you just spouting shit out of your ass? because this is a good thing, if you think about it logically you will be able to list more stuff, get more exposure at the same price…. wow that really seems horrible… yeah…

  • Guest

    Anytime ebay sends a note about fees, it’s guaranteed to have a price increase for sellers. I didn’t have to read the fine print to know the direction they’re headed in. It’s somewhat insulting that they couch it as a savings but somehow they’ve convinced themselves that the only way to increase revenue is to charge more rather than make the site more attractive to buyers and sellers. Too bad because in the long run, the painfulness of using the site will ensure that more sellers go elsewhere.

  • Guest

    I am shocked this article is so inaccurate. If you go to ebay and look at the actual new fee prices, as posted on many of the forum/discussion pages on the new fees, almost EVERYONE (if you sell an item at auction for $10 to $2000) WILL PAY MORE in ebay fees. Many ebay sellers WILL PAY DOUBLE.

    If you, as an individual, sold an item at auction on ebay today for $250 you would pay about $10 in ebay fees, after the price increase your would pay $21+.

    Your article is not at all accurate at what ebay is doing (dropping the tiny listing fee and upping the end fee hugely is not savings). I am sad as an ebay stock holder thye would do something like this and then offer such thin and transparent “spin” statements thinking their sellers would buy into this.

  • Guest

    Once again, eBay has sucked the media into publicizing “lower FEES”, when in fact these are H-U-G-E FEE increases! Add to that an added myriad of new complications, subscriptions, etc. FEES have, indeed, not increased for items that sell for under $25 IF one subscribes (for a FEE) to one of the programs. If not, the final value FEE for items selling for less than $25 have increases from 8.75% to 9%.

    Now for the BIGGIE real important figures (for Auction listings, I have not analyzed fixed-price and stores as i don’t use them):

    If one does NOT subscribe (for a FEE), the final value FEE will be 9% flat, up to a maximum FEE of $50.00 (the FEE would be 0% for final value over the amount exceeding about $550.00).

    Even If one does subscribe to a monthly extra-pay “plan”, then the FEE would MORE THAN DOUBLE from that presently in force for the increment $25.00 – $50.00 (from 3.5% to 8.75%!!!!!). THIS IS A H-U-G-E KICK IN THE TOUCAS FOR MOST SELLERS!

    Final value over $50.00, the FEE will increase from 3.5% to 4.0% (14%), and over $1000, the FEE will increase from 1.5% to 2%, a 25% increase.

    This is only part of the story. Read the DETAILS carefully, especially you dumb reporters that get sucked onto eBay’s fantasy disinformation publicity campaign.

    Just the ugly facts, folks.

  • Guest

    Just amazing how everyone gets sucked up into these announcements that ebay makes disguising a fee increase as a fee decrease. If you currently pay $15.95 plus .03 (for each item) per month in an ebay store for items listed, how is now paying $49.95 plus .05 per month for each item a decrease?????

    Something about their math doesn’t add the same as my math!

  • ricky

    Ebay is actually instituting a massive fee INCREASE. Even many listing fees are going up. More accurate information that is not simply a regurgitation of the Ebay press release can be found here:


  • eBay seller

    I only have to ask eBay, why don’t you try to sell a regular item, paying the prices that a regular person pays? Perhaps that can show you that shipping a 1 lb item like a book, movie collection, vitamin bottle, painting, pair of pants or small appliance ( 90% of what sells right now ) from California to NY is not the same cost. I’m so sick of trying to explain eBay people that the USPS is divided into 8 shipping zones. The cost of shipping is not the same for all cities, but let me add something before anyone can say that we should use a different service. The USPS for small packages ( again, 90% of what sells on eBay ) is the only choice, and 100% the only way we can get people to buy, since they are so incredible spoiled to get free shipping or pay the very lowest prices. If sellers add a faster service so an item can arrive in the “demanding buyer expected time” eBay will punish the seller by saying that the shipping fees are too high or that usually the items ship for much lower price, if I’m shipping a glass item and it does require some packing, WHEN can eBay show me that they experienced what is like to ship that product? I think that they have to try a few stores with some employes inside eBay, get products at regular price like the rest of us and try to sell them and ship them all over the world for the prices they say are right. Then to pay the fees to ebay and “only option monopoly like paypal” to see how much money they have left. I there is any left to make at leas a extra income, forget a living, no to mention the abusive claims that “eBuyers are so used to make lately, maybe then I can really stick with them, listen to them. EBAY HAS DIE BY ITS SWORD

  • Chris Crum

    The article is based upon information provided by eBay itself, and I’d like to point out that the article has always said that prices will increase for some sellers, but I have made some minor edits to address the controversy surrounding the fees.

  • Guest

    I would like to see someone do a historical record of how Ebay fees have changed. If this is done using several categories (e.g., maybe 10 types of sellers), I believe it will be very clear that there is a history of significant fee increases for sellers with transactions in the $25-100 range, which is where I suspect the majority of casual sellers lie. This should also include mandatory use of Paypal.

    I think you will also find that Ebay rarely does what it says in terms of protecting sellers and making the assumption that a significant number of sellers are good. Sellers with lots of complaints stay on the system; Nonpaying buyers are allowed to stay; Honest sellers can get their sales held or reversed; alleged policies about exorbitant postage charges are not enforced; alternate payment arrangements (money orders, non-Paypal payment processors, etc.,) are cut away by internal policy, etc.,

    I think you will also find that the company has a long history of deceptive announcements and very poor customer service (Ebay is what got me to start a record of how customer service calls are handled – They are a little better now -response is now basically useless, but no longer comprises of a response that has nothing to do with the question being asked.)

    If someone was interested in doing a good, unbiased article (Ebay has a side to this also, of course), I expect the results to be quite conclusive that fee changes always result in significant increases to most people who would casually sell items, and that the company appears to be moving away from the original auction format to one where they are processing few, but higher paying transactions.

    In addition, I expect that a good, unbiased study will also confirm that Ebay communications about various matters affecting the seller community are about as exceptionally deceptive.

    As for my background, I have a collection of model kits to thin down. The selling prices are usually in the $20-50 price range. I used to try to sell some things about once or twice a year (3-4 weeks of auctions in each batch), but the fees from Ebay and Paypal (These need to be looked at together since they are mandatory for small volume sellers), the extremely high percentage of nonpaying / late bidders, loss of feedback about bidders, and other inconveniences have increased so much it is no longer worth the effort.

    There may be good business reasons for all of this, but nobody seems to have done a good, investigative journalism piece to present what his happening. If such an effort was to be made, I would certainly be open to assisting or participating on a steering committee that is overseeing the work.

  • http://www.baconsdozen.co.uk baconsdozen

    Ebay is pretty much finished as a selling venue for small sellers.I recently listed lots of tools on 99p reserve,some with retail values of thirt times that to clear.Ther reality is that with so few buyers left and the huge number of big store sellers and junk from China cluttering up tyher site,no body sees your stuff anyway.
    Amazon is far too expensive but Ecrater in the states and Ebid in the UK are far more sensible options and thats where all my stuff will be going.
    They’ve killed off ebay as far as I can see,it’s all over bar the shouting,how long before the fat lady sings?

  • dgraves71y8

    Buyer buys CD and pays with Paypal. CD shipped within 1 Hour from the time I received my Paypal notice. Post Office delivers CD 3 Days over Christmas holiday.

    Buyer leaves Neg feedback because it took 3 days to deliver CD.

    Ebay will not remove thee Neg feedback because the comment is pos but the rating is Neg.

    Ebay policy is I have to ship CD within 30 days. I shipped within 1 Hour. I do not have control of the post Office Plus it was over a Holiday.

    There is nothing fair in this Feedback policy. I will probably take the Buyer and Ebay to court over this policy.

    • haha

      good luck takin them to court

    • http://braindeadsueme/webs.com jojo monkey

      how you going to sue the seller? the kids got access to the computer, and doesn’t like the CD’s..


  • Guest

    If you look at news articles for every single fee change on eBay in the past 10 years, they are all advertised as “New Lower Fees! We listened to your feedback and we have decided to lower your fees!” eBay is the biggest scam artist / legal corporation of our modern lives! They doubled the rates on video game sellers, at the same time that USPS had their massive increase in 2008. Items were being shipped for a little over $1 (for 1 ounce large package items). That shipping rate went to about $2, and that was JUST for the USPS. eBay raised its fees on video game sales from 8.5% to 15% at the same time, effectively DOUBLING the fees. Not to mention there will almost always be a 3% fee added on (despite if you use PayPal or your own processor). We’re talking at least 20-25% of the money you receive being taken, immediately. Do you have any idea how much this kills small businesses and entrepreneurs? All that’s left on eBay are ridiculous giants of companies, like Buy.com – Ebay is no longer for the working man.

  • http://www.fixpcfreeze.com Fix PC Freeze

    EBay today is far too big. They have the power to decide. A few sensitive sellers going away is not going to make much of dent to this company. There are loads of sellers who actually are ready to pay any price because they are obsessed with their association with this company. When the volume of sales is big, these small fee issues become very minor. Yes small time sellers will feel the pinch. The exposure that a big company like Ebay gives will take far too much to forgo just because of a small fee change.

  • Guest

    These two packs of thieves would be perfect together.

    Hey, ebay, why not sell air travel? Starting at $1, with a 9% FV fee…

  • Guest

    I stopped selling on eBay over 4 years ago because I saw this coming…I’ve owned my own retail web site since 02′ and make my own rules and “fees”…I used ebay as a marketing tool, once my site took off I tossed eBay in the garbage can and haven’t looked back since…My business is doing 80K a year and I don’t have to share any of the profits with eBay…

  • http://www.prettylittlegiftshop.co.uk Gift Shop

    Will these fees be applied to the UK ebay or just the USA one? If, as they are saying, Final value fees will not increase, then i think its a welcome move.

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  • Guest

    “Lathi says it is because eBay feels like the under $1 price is where the auction format works best”

    Oh really, Lathi?

    I think you should list that exotic sportscar car of yours, your house in that gated neighborhood, perhaps a few of those rolex watches on your dresser, some $5k designer suits, and start the bidding at 99 cents, so you can take advantage of those wonderful new “free” auctions.

    You are delusional if you think people are stupid enough to list their valuables on ebay for 99 cents — as dead as it is as far as traffic now — and hope to get a fair price for them.

    RIP ebay.

    • Guest

      Gee, I’ll bet Christie’s and Sotheby’s would love to hear your infinate wisdom regarding where to start the bidding, Lathi.


  • http://www.auctalot.com Guest

    eBay just never learns from its mistakes, the latest increases are just another nail in the coffin. I have been using Auctalot – 1 cent listing fees, 1 % FVF

  • http://tomorriscat.ecrater.com/ ceebee

    I am so glad I stopped selling on ebay a couple of years ago. Way too risky to even sell small priced items on ebay with all of their draconian rules. Better off with listing at multiple alternative marketplaces.

  • Guest

    Just a guess, but by increasing the fees, it will appear Ebay is doing great, IF Ebay is considering dumping
    the company, except the increase won’t last long, and any new owner will have bought a failing company.

    Or Ebay is trying to generate a lot of revenue to invest else where, as usual at the seller’s expense.

    I quit selling on Ebay over a year ago, best move I ever made. Got tired paying the endless bloodsuckers while I did all the work and less and less in profits for myself.

  • Guest

    Imran Khan of JPMorgan Chase & Co stated in a note put out on 01/26/10:
    “Price discrimination. We think the new fees improve eBay’s ability to price-discriminate between casual sellers – who are unlikely to manage to a selling margin and thus less responsive to every penny of Final Value Fees – and professional sellers with a greater focus on margins and listings costs. We think the company also expects larger sellers to offer a more consistent buyer experience. We think the new structure could put some pressure on the middle of the curve: sellers who sell regularly but not in enough volume for the discounts to kick in.”

    Now……. Imran Khan didn’t just come up with those remarks on his own… afterall, he only has a BA degree……… no, that was over scotch and cigars with john boy donahoe…………. there is no way a corp like JPMorgan Chase would merely “speculate” on what ebay is doing………. he was TOLD.

    Why else would CHASE BANK, not associated with ebay, be even commenting on EBAY?

    There is a much bigger message here, ebay wants to ELIMINATE the small sellers from ebay and move forward with their big-box store vision, however they want to squeeze every last nickel out of those small sellers first as well as FOOL their poor, misled stock holders and the clueless media yet again — once these changes go into affect — with artificially inflated growth numbers — from the 99 cent “free” listings — when reporting for the 3rd quarter.

  • http://www.starlays.com Starlays Sports

    I find it disgusting just how expensive ebay has become, I only sell occasionally but as time has gone on, I have found that selling the odd personal item on ebay is becoming more and more expensive and a real pain in the butt. The insertion fees are low if you are prepared to start off your item at absolutly nothing and either it then sells for peanuts and you lose out, or if your item does sell at a good price, ebay milk you dry with a large final value fee so as an occasional seller you still lose out.

    This news means it will becoming more expensive for the occasional seller to use ebay and only seems to benefit the ‘professional’ sellers with stores and many listings.

    From a buyers point of view, if you can find a bargain, then you can still get a bargain, but for me it just seems like I am lining the pockets of the ebay coperates will I end up getting ripped off.

  • Guest

    There are many alternatives out there, bid2trade.com.au is another site offering free basic listings and an initial $10 sign up site credit to kick start you off. Cant hurt to expose your goods on this site and others like it anyway, especially if they are free.

  • Guest


    • http://familydiscountmall.ecrater.com/ guest

      So is eCrater, check it out

      • http://www.vbid.me vBid me antique & militaria Internet auctions

        Please try http://www.vbid.me; it is FREE and cures all the ills (feedback, security, etc.) of eBay.

  • http://www.merlinsltd.com John Burns

    Stopped dealing on eBay a few years ago when the regime kicked in and will not buy or sell there anymore, it just seems that greeedy Ebay have found a way to make millions, by screwing over the people that sell on their site. Amazon are more honest, straightforward, and open with there system for both buyer and seller!

  • http://www.bappin.com bappin.com

    i dont know about anyone else but this is great news for me, and also there are 3 different options this article is wrong.

    • Guest

      how is this great news ? You must sell listings under .99 cents

  • http://www.rwapservices.co.uk Rich

    The changes look as though eBay are pushing business sellers to operate stores on their site, which is expensive when you look at the monthly fees.

    After all the fee changes over the past few years and the 10% it costs to sell items on eBay, plus the inability to add postage charges in some categories (especially those relating to computers!), I just decided to set up another trading platform to cater for retro computers and electronics – http://www.sellmyretro.com

    Maybe that will take off as an alternative to help give people more choice!

  • John

    I haven’t been to ebay in years and have no intention of going back. I’d rather support a company that isn’t so greedy as these yahoos. Good ridance.

  • Lauri

    They are so full of it. They make it look all good up front but then on the end, boy do they tack it on! The fees are way too high and as a result, I’ve stop selling a lot of product where it just wasn’t worth selling after ebay/paypal fees. I think I’ll try to come up with a new venue for people to sell their goods….hmmm…lemme think on this. It’s time Ebay got some good competition.

  • http://www.merlinsltd.com jim barett

    Suicide is the best way to describe this once great company,people leaving in droves and exchanging this failing site for the real down to earth trading sites, it is going to be fun to watch the death of this now struggling empire.

  • Guest

    Ebay is not stupid. Very few businesses operate stupidly (when it comes to figuring how to earn revenue). The idea is to believe that the customers are the ones who are stupid.

    For example: Increase the price 10% – advertise that price, then knock off 9% and say it’s a sale !!

    Companies – Ebay included – consistantly use the old PT Barnum method of business operation practice, which is: “There’s a sucker born every minute.”

  • Guest

    Best way to make eBay come begging back is to stop using them – after 10 yrs selling I am —-gone

  • http://The-Best-Software.net Sage

    Yes, what they’re doing is stupid, and it’s no different than what the state & federal governments are doing. Instead of making the states or country more attractive to buyers & sellers (because THAT would take real thought & determination), just raise taxes & fees.

  • http://Miniaturesonly.com Guest

    If there are any doll house Miniaturists here that are disgusted with the Ebay fees and constant changes you really should take a look at this site: http://Miniaturesonly.com

    This is a site dedicated strictly to Dollhouse Miniatures with artisans from around the world! Free to list auction style listings…AWESOME customer service.

  • http://www.M1Rwebsites.com Mark1Guy

    Be realistic in how you view this change. eBay is in business to make money! eBay is a huge profit hungry company that all of us help build. It is no longer a place suited to casual sales of small items you find around the house. Aside from the costs associated with selling they will make you jump through hoops to comply with their MANY “rules”. Any changes to the cost structure are designed to IMPROVE their bottom line. Sure, a few people will save. But, eBay serves many million sellers. If they change the fee structure so everyone or the majority of sellers save money, they will drastically reduce their profits. One thing you can say about eBay is that they are not stupid! Bottom line seller costs will on average, continue to rise with this upcoming change. They have to in order to maintain profitability. Keep in mind that they also profit greatly if you make use of their PayPal division. No mention made of reducing PayPal fees.

  • http://www.vbay.me vBay me – eBay name & shame

    eBay’s new Buyer Protection Program actually allows buyers to rip off sellers, especially when the seller uses the regular postal services and / or is in a different country.

    Here is how;

    How to rip off an honest seller (ab)using eBay Buyer Protection

  • Guest

    What Ebay needs is a serious competitor!!!!!!!!!

    • http://www.sushisushi.co.uk sushi stu

      We use ebay and find that there disdain towards sellers only gets worse as time goes on.

      Does any one recommend any rival sites we could think about listing on?

      We’re UK based bare in mind!

      I’d love to sack ebay off and get the ball back in our court! Down with Monopolies!

      • http://bigvaluedepot.com/SellYourCustomItems/ Guest

        Big Value Depot is gaining momentum by the day. Mainly because they are not charging the fees that ebay are charging.
        If you use this link to take a look http://bigvaluedepot.com/SellYourCustomItems/
        If you want to list anything to sell then put in this code 20721, you can list five items for FREE, not only that but you can have those free listings FOREVER.

        If you want your own store it costs a fraction of what ebay charges. It’s all very easy to set up.
        This has been going now for a while and people are learning about it, they are aiming to be a serious rival to ebay and they are making an impact.

        Join for free and pass it on to people in your own country and it will grow just like ebay did. In fact it is growing at a tremendous rate already.

      • Guest

        don`t just throw your stuff on one site find them all just type in google online auctions theres lots out there i use okbidnow , for some items , amazon for others , delcampe for others look around

  • whisperin Aspires

    I have to agree with the others. For us smaller people its a significant increase. I have a unique product that sells in seasons. I am now getting myself set up and established on other selling net works.

  • http://fastmoneypage.com Guest

    Ebay is way way to expensive to consider it on the long run. 17-20 percent selling fees are the norm for anyone selling on ebay. In the past year I am selling much less on ebay because of it. I sell thru news papers flea markets and other auction sites. I think ebays days are numbered if they keep increasing their fees and makes it harder for sellers. There is much less items on ebay now than there was 2 years ago and not because people are not selling. they are just selling somewhere else.
    I buy on ebay because the prices are really depressed, but because of that plus the high FEES I am not using it as I used to. There are other auction sites like ebay, perhaps not as big as of yet but growing and people are discovering them. Shame on ebay but I guess the shareholders and corporate greed eating it away for good.

  • disenchanted

    I started selling ebay in 1997. I sold a lot and did make my fair share of profits in the beginning. In the last few years, I have sold items once in a while. However, one time I sat down calculated the insertion fee, the final value fee, the paypal fee, my cost of shippng materials (these were books), and found that what I made was not worth the pain. Because sellers can no longer leave bad feedback some buyers are
    unreasonable. I don’t need that sort of stress. So what did I do? I donated the books to charity and received far more in a deduction than I could have gotten after selling on ebay.

    Will I sell on ebay again? If I think the item is worth it, however I doubt the days where I was putting in countless hours will come again. I can see them more easily on craigs list.

    I have tired other auction sites, and listed, but as ebay it takes years before a stie takes off and they were non-productive. I wish them the best

  • disenchanted

    I started selling ebay in 1997. I sold a lot and did make my fair share of profits in the beginning. In the last few years, I have sold items once in a while. However, one time I sat down calculated the insertion fee, the final value fee, the paypal fee, my cost of shippng materials (these were books), and found that what I made was not worth the pain. Because sellers can no longer leave bad feedback some buyers are
    unreasonable. I don’t need that sort of stress. So what did I do? I donated the books to charity and received far more in a deduction than I could have gotten after selling on ebay.

    Will I sell on ebay again? If I think the item is worth it, however I doubt the days where I was putting in countless hours will come again. I can sell them more easily on craigs list.

    I have tired other auction sites, and listed, but as ebay it takes years before a stie takes off and they were non-productive. I wish them the best

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  • Guest

    I sold on ebay for over 10 years. When you pencil it all out, EBAY is the only one making money, unless you figure working for $5.00/hr. or less is reasonable in this day-n-age… I don’t.

    Their fees are way to high, customer support is terrible, they support support people selling illegal or copyrighted items….the list goes on.

    Would I ever sell on ebay again….Absolutely NOT!!

    Since joining http://www.etsy.com
    I have made a decent living and profit on my products. Etsy.com is not for everyone but it has its place in the market….check em out.

  • vit howard

    I only use Ebay a few times a year but I have been in business for over 40 years. An earlier post stated that the new structure would increase fees to 17-20%. I’m curious, what is the overhead for a brick and morter retail store?

    For only 20% I can market my items to hundreds of thousands of people with no staff, insurance, advertising, rent, etc. I don’t agree with Ebay’s policies but I also disagree with the multiple layers of taxes I have to pay to have a physical location business.

    Despite the many alternatives, Ebay is the second place I search when I’m looking for specific items. Craigslist is first, but rarely can I find what I’m looking for.

    I’m curious, Mr. Retailer, what is your overhead percentage of selling price?

    • Guest

      since 2008 early 2009 you are lucky to get your items on the first 5 pages of any catagory unless your a top seller selling thousands of items a week i did a test so did my daughter we sell rarely on ebay mostly end of line stuff we want rid of both of us listed same item in last 10 minutes of auction my item was on page 7 my daughters reached page 10

      you not got a hope in hell of selling items so far down in those pages

  • Guest

    I have an E-Bay- Account with about 750 ratings, all positive, worked in 7 years, and have gone to private mode since closing my business. Now it does not really make sense to use that auctions, for I am just using fixed price offers and those have seen price increases which just do not make it useful any more to sell items not for everybody (like instrument pickups or other rare audio or photo items), because if have to put it in for some times may easily eat up all the price I can get at the end!

  • http://www.ThatRestlessMouse.com John Everett

    We gave up on ebay not just because of the fees, but because it’s a pain to “list” items and the buyers need a lot of hand holding. ( We now only sell via our website ThatRestlessMouse.com )

    It’s too bad ebay is hurting those casual sellers during a time of economic hardship. Pretty callous of them.

  • Krikit*Krikit

    EBAYS Example on their website of a final value fee calculation for an auction listing:
    You sell an item for $60.00

    For the first $25.00 you pay 8.75%, which is $2.19

    For the remaining $35.00 you pay 3.50%, which is $1.23

    For this item the final value fee is $3.42 ($2.19 + $1.23)

    I list an item and start it under $1.00 let’s say 99 cents

    I sell it for $60

    Final value fee is $6.00, Not 3.42!!!!

    How is that LOWERING their fees!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    • Guest

      I recently sold an item on ebay auction for $9.99. I was charged $1.20 final value fee. That is 12.00%, not the 9% described in the rate increase schedule. That, along with listing, paypal and shipping fees left me with next to nothing. Sales on ebay have slowed to a crawl. Very Sad.

  • Lisa

    When I shop for designer handbags I go to Malleries http://luxury.malleries.com

    The site is a mall site for antiques, collectibles and designer items. I am told they are in the process of opening a home and garden area. Their fees are reasonable and I’m tired of auctions anyway. If I want something I want to press a buy button and buy it. No waiting or hoping I get it.

  • Former Power Seller

    I always figured that the COMPANY failed to understand their sellers. Wrong. They understand. They know what they are doing and they fully understand their position to leverage their marketing site and brand. It became too expensive for me. Not enough buyers of my product to maintain profits on sales. When they became a 50% of my cost of doing business I decided to quit working for them.

    • DANIEL

      you are so right, Ebay is very expancive and many time more that what the prodect cost and what the seller make. it iis not proftble any more, i am giving few last chances.

  • Guest

    ebay use and abuse it`s sellers they have done since around 1995
    in 1996 i decided i had , had enough i moved all my items to many different auction sites
    where i do ok but these smaller sites need support from sellers and buyers the latest one i joined is okbidnow.net where to my amazement people are finding my items quite quickly due to the people running the site working really hard on getting the site exposed , any new member who sells instantly gets their items put all over the internet , now thats what i call dedication from a site and customer service is great

    don`t put all your eggs ( or cash into ebays big basket ) spread it around into many little baskets

    • Guest

      Considering that Ebay didn’t hire their first employee until 1996, I doubt that they were abusing their sellers in 1995 or 1996. Your post is just a thin ruse to spam your site. At least most of the people here spamming their sites put a little more work into it than this. Can’t you do any better than that?

  • Ed

    During the past few years eBay has gone out of its way to create an EXTREAMLLY one-sided environment resulting in a dramatic decrease in seller profits and driving sellers away while creating short term increases in profits that make the company more attractive to Wall Street until the resulting down-swing in profits prompt eBay to come up with yet another half-assed way to make the company look good while it

    • http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN1333683520080513 Guest

      Summary of ebay – “Report sellers here”
      What is amazing is that when you answer one of the confidential surveys honestly as to concerns you never ever hear from ebay

  • http://www.internetandsearchmarketing.com David

    I use to use eBay for some extra income back in the day. I separated for a while because I got burned out. I had recently came back last November and started selling again. I was floored to how much I was paying out in fees compared to what I use to make per product. One of our main stays is Free shipping, which naturally we incorporate the shipping costs into the price. Thus this action causes us to pay More in fees. (There should be an incentive for this, but there isn’t) The cost of fees per the income generated was way to high. As of this point I’m just selling out my inventory and then I’ll be done.

    I currently Work as an Internet Marketing Manager for a power seller on eBay and the fees paid blow me a way. If the fees were cut just a quarter, we would be able to add another full time staff member – which we desperately need.

    eBay’s system does need to be reevaluated. Sellers are at risk in their current system specially with the Five star rating which dictates your top seller status, which can have a huge effect on your ads effectiveness. Sellers are always on the brink of having their eBay business shut down. They don’t offer logical ways to mass up date multiple items, which for sellers who have over a 1000 items listed on eBay can cause problems, specially multiple channel sellers. Buyers are really picky characters that at times you want to reach out and slap them, because they act like they want stuff for free.

    During this time, I’m finding out that Amazon has become one of my favorite selling avenues. Of course their structure isn’t to grand for start up sellers, since payment of products only happens every two weeks, but they do offer a fulfillment service which is a pretty good deal if you look at it, in fact we have done better on amazon than we have on eBay since October.

  • http://www.blanchardonline.com Guest

    I’ve had a store on ebay for 10 years called “Hot Stuff New Orleans”. I sell framed and unframed New Orleans style postcards and unframed Mardi Gras posters. I’ll make it thru this Mardi Gras season but then I’ll be leaving Ebay for good. My store has almost 400 item pages where I currently pay .03 per page and a monthly basic store fee of around $15. My rate will go up to .20 per page on March 30. That’s a 650% increase up front. Ebay has called me and tried to explain to me how my business should be run. They say my small sales figures don’t qualify me for a $300 a month anchor store where I’ll only have to pay .03 per item page insertion (30 day insertion). I’ve had this particular business since 1990, before the internet existed. I told them where i’m going, away from them. At this point I don’t know what I’ll do after I leave, I don’t care.

  • http://youresearchit.com nierika64

    I gave up on selling on eBay 2 years ago when I closed my eBay store and have only sold about 5 items since. I have had bad luck with PITA buyers, refunds granted on demand from PayPal for buyer’s remorse and recently I have had bad luck with all those ‘PowerSellers’ who seem to have high ratings but actually are pretty crappy at what they do. I have had to wait up to 2 months for my christmas items to arrive after filing disputes. Still waiting on one item, eBay is not very helpful, neither is PayPal.
    There are many alternate auctions sites out there, not as busy as eBay but I am earning about the same amount with my passive income retail items as I was on eBay. eBay also lets sellers get away with charging crazy assed shipping fees!!! I paid $12 for shipping of a SD Card that came in a first class stamped manila envelope. Everyone knows how easy USPS has made flat rate priority shipping easy for online sellers, being able to ship up to 75 pounds for less than $20. I find eBay is now full of scam buyers and shyster sellers.

  • http://bigvaluedepot.com/free/ Jeff

    I have been buying and selling on ebay for 12 years and I just can’t take it anymore. Their PR always sounds great but never is. I finally found and alternative to ebay. Go to this website and give it a try for free. http://bigvaluedepot.com/free/
    Use this code and you will be given (5) free, lifetime listings: 264015
    Chris you could do a story about this up and coming auction site.
    Hope this helps someone. Tired of all the changes in.
    Regards, Jeff

    • Guest

      It’s OK to spam your site here some, but please try to hold back and not let every 10th post be about your site.

      The level at which you are spamming causes me to be very concerned if your site is legit, or if you are just trying to sucker people in and make a quick buck.

  • http://firearmparts.snickslist.com Firearm Parts

    I think eBay has been losing a lot of people lately and this is an attempt to keep people listing. eBay is big, but they need to watch out for competition. I think they are in scramble mode now.

  • Phil

    whats the problem just use other auction sites such as Ebid, CQout, and more they are all cheaper and dont charge so much in seller fees

  • Guest

    I’ve been selling on ebay since 2000. I have a store with 200 to 300 items. Yea, they are lowering the insertion fees, but I will have to pay higher end of sale fees and even more for my store so there really is no savings. I’m doing all I can to stay on top, but I think by end of summer, I will tapper off my sales and close up for good. I’m just giving away profits to a poorly run company that has us all by the short hairs. You would think in this economy, they would make it more desirable for people trying to make ends meet to sell online. Please bring back Meg, she know how to run an auction site. Ebay will never be another Amazon and why do they want to be like them when they are known as the best auction site on the planet. I have like 13 other sites to sell on since ebay started jacking up fees. They are looking like e better venue to make a sale and after all, we have a bottom line too. I guess ebay has lost sense of the fact that we made them, not the other way around.

  • http://www.homespy.com Guest

    I’m a old man. Years ago if i needs to sell something from my attic. It was a garage sale or ad in local news paper. I have not used eBay in years, but. I still think. Put a old alarm clock on ebay. Worth nothing to you and someone 2000 miles away from you buys it. Ebay, price increase or decrease. It still the best way to reach that one pearson thats wants that old clock.
    My comment to eBay….Do what you need to do to stay in business.So, when I need you. You will be there.

    JC-Dallas TX

  • Guest

    I pay total up front charges of about $35.00 per month now for a basic store and about 330 store inventory listings. The store is only $15.95 and the listing fees average about .05 cents each. If I stay on that subscription level my fees will raise to .20 per listing, greatly increasing my monthly up front costs. This is forcing me to upgrade to a $49.95 per month premuim store which will bring listing fees back down to .05 per listing, but my monthly up front charges will double with this change.

  • http://www.motherwearclothing.co.uk Mother wear clothing

    What happened to the old ebay we all know and loved when it first cam out that helped out new and up and coming busineses ?????. You could add your site but now you cannot not unless you hite it some how ??

    The fees are realy bad !!! But i spured on and build my own web site and doing ok no more fee’s to pay as i learnt how to become a seo.

  • http://thecomputergal.com Nora McDougall-Collins

    As I read these comments, I wonder why no one has mentioned Amazon. They seem big enough to be a real player.

    I have only purchased one product through EBay, but I use Amazon on a regular basis – for books, music and such. I had a big surprise when on time I was looking for licorice and ginger Altoids and there they were – on Amazon!

  • Apres Ski

    Why not do like the other in the first mass exodus from eBay? Build your own website and forget hosting, fees and taxes. In the long run, it will give you a place to sell your stuff while checking out other sites.

    Email webdesign@lbbtraining.com for pricing but when the site is finished, you will not pay for hosting. They build sites using Microsoft OfficeLive. Microsoft pays for the hosting. If you don’t have a domain name and want one, it’s $14.95 for the name you want. You can get the name you want free, but it will be very, very long and have “officelive” in the address. Check out this site for web design: http://lbbtraining.com/webdesign.aspx

    If you’re thinking about moving to another auction site, think about having your own website first and ditching all those fees and taxes. Get a home of your own and never miss a sale no matter what happens on those other auction sites. Hundreds made that mass exodus from eBay the first time they raised their prices back in the 90s and they have not looked back. They freed themselves from eBay’s tyranny & are much happier for it.

  • http://www.yourpetstorewithmore.com Angela

    It is amazing with all of the social media out there at Ebay’s disposal they act as if they are blind to the fact that customers are not satisfied. And they forget that Sellers are their customers too. How long will it take for everyone to completely turn their backs on Ebay?

    Is it even safe to start an item at $.99 on Ebay anymore? I mean is the audience wide enough these days that you could sell the item at what you REALLY want to sell it at? It will only take a seller a couple tries at that price point before they trash that idea along with trashing Ebay itself.

  • http://www.premiumwebsiteauctions.com Guest

    Sellers have been leaving eBay for a number of years but more recently they are departing in their thousands, due to ebay fees.

    I have now done what others have done and started my own website auction site at http://www.premiumwebsiteauctions.com and although in its early stages, we are getting visitors to register and hopefully soon they will list their items.

    We allow the url of demo sites which eBay does not and also allow adult sites to be listed.

    Check it out, you have nothing to lose and perhaps a lot to gain.

    • http://NameBrandDealz.blujay.com Guest

      Great, edible undies and nipple clamps on the Homepage!

      • Guest

        Get Real, adult websites does not include the items in your reply.

  • http://www.kentuckyspecialfx.com Guest

    Ebay had raised they’re fees just a few short months ago.
    And if it wasnt bad enough that sellers couldnt leave negative feedback being at the mercy of buyers now they intend to increase fees again for sellers.

  • http://www.calltheplumber.net.au darrell

    My final valuation fees have almost doubled, I have had to put prices up on most items by $100 or more which now makes the items cheaper in my ecommerce stores than on eBay. So guess what more and more people are doing now, you guessed it buy on my web site and not off the eBay store.
    Stupid move eBay

    • http://www.okbidnow.net Nik Cook

      Hi All
      Well its coming to the point when auctioneers will be looking for alternatives to sell on.
      I run a small auction site http://www.okbidnow.net and the the fees are a lot less than what others charge.
      We also let people have a free store and charge a small fvf fee at the end of a sale if no sale no fee.
      That,s how we work and we have happy members who have stuck with us for nearly 16 months now.
      People need to start trusting the small sites and give them a ago some have put a lot of time and work into them.
      We operate a friendly site and give people all the help they want and point them in the right direction
      and we have an easy site to use and get around.
      So come along and have a look and see what we can offer with out any obligation to join.
      Nik Cook

  • http://emeraldco.com Jason Dragon

    I sell used computer items on Ebay. When I sell an older item I make it clear that the items are AS-IS, and that they may or may not work. I say it 3 times or more in a listing. I have sold 100’s of times with this with no problem, yes I may get less money because it is As-Is but I am willing to accept that. Well the other day I sold an item, and the buyer waited until 29 days to leave negative feedback and to say his item he got for $10 did not work. I told ebay that it was VERY CLEAR that the auction was AS-IS, but they decided to refund him the money via paypal even though the shipping was $12. So I am out the paypal fees, my ebay fees, and the $12 I paid for shipping. And now I have my first negative feedback ever. Very mad about it. Stopped all my listings and I have not listed there in 2 months. They make their money from the sellers yet they screw us at every turn.

  • pckat

    Et tu Ebay……………………

  • WhatsTheRush

    What eBay crazy like squirrel. eBay Schmebay.

  • John Tolliver

    Two things for sure
    1. A listing/Fees will cost you significantly more
    2. Ebay service won’t improve
    When we first started doing business in 1998 Ebay was good, and cost were reasonable (~5% overall of pricing), now, its close to 20% and they do nothing better. They are good for selling little crappy fashion/name brand counterfeit knockoffs I guess, just amazed that the license owners put up with it.
    I’ll be glad when someone builds a better beast (Cmon google)

  • Guest

    I agree Ebay is loosing some of our business to Amazon now
    We always check out what profit we are going to come out with on Ebay ,then check it out with Amazon
    Most times Amazon wins

    • Guest

      AMAZON has 19% FVF so wtf r u talking about??!!

      • Guest

        Lots of the items I sell fetch a better price on Amazon – yes, I might pay more in fees on Amazon, but I end up with more in my pocket after the sale

        Amazon usually get my item over eBay

  • Guest

    Ebay just doesn’t seem to get the fact that sellers are often buyers too, so when they make things hard for sellers, they lose sellers AND buyers, AND if you don’t have an interesting enough range of things being sold then you just won’t attract buyers.
    The appeal of ebay for many wasn’t just the number of listings, but that people sold all sorts of odd things….but a 9% cut for them? At least Ned Kelly had the decency to wear a mask when he robbed people!
    I make a little pocket money with my hobby making hand made buttons for craft purposes- I have found other internet craft sites that offer far better than ebay.
    They will find that they have another massive exodus, and by the time they get wise, it will be too late!
    Money is not the bottom line, quality is. When you provide a good service, people will stick with you.
    Ebay unregistered me due to something that was not my fault, and after eighteen months, re-instated me.
    In that time, many of my buyers were searching the internet for me-if people like what you offer, you will keep your buyers. Ebay doesn’t get it, and very soon it will be too late

    • hades

      ok… I have to admit I’m not a power seller nor reqularly selling things over online platforms. But I’ve been using online platforms to buy and sell many many items since the year 2000. And I agree completely with the eBay rip-off.

      The last time I sold items over eBay was 2008 and such a rip-off I really was astonished about that amount of fees I had to pay. Usually much more than I had expected. And I wondered if there are people really living of selling items with such conditions at eBay?

      Anyway. After two of these rip-offs I decided NOT to sell over eBay anymore! Blame yourself, eBay. Perhaps your administration got too blown up? Perhaps your greed? I’m not going to sell anymore over eBay. Fortunately, there exist alternative and less expensive platforms today.

  • Guest

    For anyone reading this looking for crafty items and handmade stuff to buy or sell, FORGET ebay, try smaller sites like Coriandr.com. There are plenty if you google
    Forget ebay, time to MOVE ON

  • http://stratoblogster.blogspot.com Stratoblogster

    When eBay changed their affiliate/partners program, many affiliates were in a panic, but affiliates with good content as opposed to spam linking have actually benefited and make more revenue than with the former program. It was all about providing searchers with quality results, and rewarding quality content, just like Google is trying stay on top of providing quality search results. eBay sellers, particularly Stores sellers with their own websites, rely upon eBay to get their product listings indexed by Google better than they can through their personal sites. Some Stores sellers try to re-direct visitors from their eBay Stores to their own shopping cart sites in various ways. Speaking as an eBay affiliate, I’ve benefited from the new partners system and hope that sellers can also benefit by using eBay. Many sellers complain about eBay’s fees, but if they can’t generate comparable SEO for their personal sites to get their product seen as well as their eBay traffic, then they should consider what their fees are bringing them. No free lunch right? Just like eBay affiliates trying to drive traffic to eBay seller listings should provide consumer helpful content, eBay sellers should focus on providing high quality product listings with clear & helpful item descriptions, good photos and understandable terms. The range of product listing quality on eBay is very broad. Top ranked sellers are such because they communicate well and present their listings well to visitors. Perhaps the best, most effective & efficient way for both eBay sellers and partners to convert well is to provide & present quality content and items to the public. Those who aren’t doing this well, make more work for eBay, problems for good sellers/partners and disservice the public. Finding quality products, services and resources online easily is what the public needs and wants. I don’t think eBay wants to impede that, rather they work to facilitate this process as it’s in their best interest. Sellers and affiliates who don’t present and communicate well, and/or operate less than ethically ultimately add expenses to the process. It’s always easiest to blame eBay or blame Google.

  • Guest

    i got off from ebay after 5 years. i began selling there in 2003 and stopped selling there in 2008 when they first began their price increases and changing the world of how sellers make money. from there ive helped a friend build a new auction site thats free listings for all sellers and items $5 and up will have one low final value fee of just $1.49! that price is to help us advertise and get more sellers and buyers to the site. join us to prove to the world ebay doesnt stand a chance with their high fees and scandalous claims.

  • Guest

    If it were not for the people selling on ebay there wouldn’t be an ebay auction, they seem to make it really hard for the sellers, and better only for themselves and the buyers. Not just the sellers fees but the feedback star rating, also you can no longer accept checks or money orders.
    and all the other stuff here in there they add in, to make it more difficult.

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  • http://www.comparebargains.com We care about the Small Seller LOL

    We care about the Small Seller LOL. Sure they do, not.

  • http://www.swiftsaves.com/ Guest

    i think because of there high value fees most of small sellers left ebay.after they sued by some French company they decided to make those money from ebay sellers.

    we started an ebay alternative website after their unfair polices .the auctions software we are using they very busy now because after ebays these kind of policies many people decided to leave and open their own websites.

  • Guest

    Hi have not used ebay in a couple of years, craigslist is much better at free all the time!
    And don’t forget how ebay is too good to talk to customers with their no phone number bs.
    If you have not tried craigslist please do and maybe, just maybe that rip-off ebay with their non-customer service ethics will be a thing of the past – and paypal too! Google, you’re next with your absolutely terrible service and making fun of customer comments in the basement!

    • http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN1333683520080513 Craiglist Sues Ebay

      In case you do not know it ebay owns 28 % of Craiglist who they stole information from to set up Kijiji (which they own 100% )
      There is a current lawsuit over ebay’s theft of intellectual data
      Sort of humorus when you consider how they go after sellers of questionable software

  • Ex-Ebay Seller

    Ebay was great back in the day. When the internet was younger and my business less mature. Nowadays, Ebay counts for less than 10% of my revenue where it used to be as high as 85%. Everytime they hike up the rates, I cut back and try new avenues. Fortunately for me, shifting away from ebay has been a very positive experience. Where I once advertised Ebay, I now advertise my own website, which is what I think more people really want.
    This time, I’m fortunate enough to be able to stand without ebay.

    Dear Ebay,
    I’m sorry. It’s not you, it’s me. We’ve grown apart. I still love you, but I’m not IN love with you. Lately you’ve been distant and I feel like we just don’t communicate anymore. I’m leaving you for another website. Maybe someday, you’ll understand. We’ll always be friends Ebay, I promise.

    Ex-Ebay Seller

  • http://www.pioutsource.com axzar

    Crazy.. no thanks. eBay will become the 99 cent worldwide clearing house. (and make good money doing it!)

  • Guest

    I use to do a lot of e-baying ,since I have been a member for 10 years ,at first it was ok , but all these fees like insertion,final value,then comes pay pal’s percentage good god people are always figuring out ways to stick it to the man,so anyway its been 5 years now and I think Ive only been in there on an average of 2 times a year, and if the price keeps going up then I suppose I will be in there less,And eventually that will lead to me just closing that account,So keep up the good work ebay, while you chase me, and Im sure others away.


  • Stephen Pannell

    I have stopped using ebay and are now using a new auction site that is really picking up pace. I have 5 FREE listings to give away and pricing is lower than ebay.

    Go to http://bit.ly/XjWUb and enter the code 10719.

  • Br5ian-Milwaukee, WI

    eBay has no intention of lowering fees. In fact, this will result in over a 140% fee INCREASE! An old accounting adage is that figures don’t lie, but liars figure. Seems to be the case here, where the claim has been made for lower fees, but the math works out to an increase.

    This is just trickery by the company, eBay, to offer a temporary and false boost to their stock price. When they have no legitimate means of doing this with a sound and stable company and set of business practices, this is what they resort to.

  • http://www.ebay.com Guest

    How much can a person be lied to especially when the sellers are paying the shot
    Ebay people seem to be given training that they work for ebay and can do no wrong what so ever
    They must have their meetings in yes man committees who come up with programs devoid of any reality what so ever
    On top of that when you try to use ebay there is nothing of value to the average normal user on the pages
    Anything that would be used in a standard every day fashion is either reduced in size or hidden away pages away
    Just go to the security areas with a real concern. Any real concerns are never addressed in any manner. The questions deal with only two areas – avoidance of ebay fees and avoidance of ebay fees
    Ebay can be summarized as “report seller here”
    Ebay will become accidentally a financial company with Paypal just as GM became the GMAC finance company not a car company
    Its not even that there was a seller revolt – its similar to the price of gas going up and drivers asking themselves – is it really worth it ? Do I really need to drive across town
    In the same way sellers began to ask themselves that even though they might of been having fun with ebay – Was it really worth the effort – and then be hated and abused by management
    The price increases ( or non price increases as ebay will inform you with a straight face) are just one more nail to seal the coffin.
    What an abusive company. What a shame overall.
    Any investment company whose research department recommends ebay or “don’t call ebay out yet” is even more devoid of the realities of the situation
    A great case for a Harvard business school case study

  • john

    Yeah that doesn’t surprise me about ebay hiding rising costs, I had one bad experience with this company whereby they kept trying to charge me over and over again for NOT selling a watch on there. I’ll never deal with them again and I hope this cynical price hike whilst disguising it as a price slash will hurt them badly.

    There are other sites you can sell your stuff on, like craigslist, ditch ebay they’re rubbish!!!!

  • http://mainlyarticles.com Keith

    I stopped relying on eBay for an income after the last price hike. I was making a reasonable amount on eBay for a year or so, until they changed the rules and put up their prices. I found this Squidoo Lens a few months ago it has a good selection of eBay alternatives. http://www.squidoo.com/auction_site_like_ebay

  • http://www.domainsnyc.com CCS

    It was time, to lower commission rates.
    Because they are exaggerated.
    I’ve gone allcolection.com

  • selling on ebay : (

    I still sell on eBay, sick of it. I’m working in other things and find out that eBay is a waste of time but there are 2 things that make eBay another scam company like the banks.

    1) Paypal and their mega scam rolling reserve which is still going on for thousands of sellers, now the ones who are not getting the rolling reserve are getting the hold the money for 21 days, no reason at all, no explanation at all, no answers at all which they try to make it seem like is a much better deal than the 6 months 20% hold of the infamous rolling reserve.

    2) the shipping and “suggested prices” if you add shipping to cover all USPS shipping zones, eBay will punish your listings. If you put a price higher than before because you think you are also entitled to make at least 15% like they do, they say that others are selling the same item half the price, that is absolute BS

    Let me ask, since when eBay ever try to sell something like the rest of us?? if they have to buy like us, sell like us and ship like us, eBay will never be in business and by the way, the only record profits they report are from paypal which has more than 600 million dollars in rolling reserve, “dispute money on hold and the latest 21 days hold for no reason money.

  • http://www.GBbay.co.uk GBbay

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  • http://shop.ebay.com/cybersherrie/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p3686 Cybersherrie

    I started ebay about 8 years ago. I was buying at first, it was fun. after a few years started selling. I used to clear 50% net. Now… after ebay fees, paypal fees, shipping and taxes I clear less than 33%. That’s SICK. I have many things unfairly removed from listings by ebay, yet they will let anything ridiculous sell, like a moldy grilled cheese sandwich because it has a Holy Image on it. they made us stop offering insurance, and make it hard for us to accept money orders, which would save on some fees. you try to keep your prices low, to be competitive, but these increase in fees will make us fall into the redzone. I tried Amazon, it does not get the veiwer hits Ebay does. Craig’s list, is only local, 99% of my sales are out of state. and all I ever get is spam. with all the ebay sniper software out there, starting at .99 cents does not guarrantee a bidding war, like the good ol’ days. someone needs to start a fresh new Marketing website, for the little guys just trying tyo make a few bucks to keep the bill collectors happy. the Power Sellers can have Ebay. eventually they will put each other out of business. the only way to make big bucks on ebay, is to find something crazy to sell, not standard merchandise. so what do we do? unless the power sellers and those with crazy items join in on any kind of protest, nothing us middle of the road sellers try to do will make any difference. and Ebay protects the buyers but not the sellers. the buyers can lie and trash us..and I have had some nutty customers, but us sellers can’t even return the favor and warn other sellers about a potentially problematic seller. Ebay is clever, but you know, if even Microsoft can get knocked off its’ high horse, for cornering the market, I am certain if some really good Lawyers would start digging into Ebay, there has to be illegal practices they are doing, violating laws or business procedures. They really need to be grounded, they are running amok, taking advantage of the people. Why don’t BUYERS pay some of the fees? they do when they go to a REAL auction house. they try to force us into free shipping, how can you calculate a Fair shipping into the price for a package they travel 20 miles or 2000 miles? and then they take thier cut from that as well. Ebay will soon end up like a certain CHEAP department store…. claiming to offer low prices, and sell JUNK, that’s not even worth .99 cents, and in the meantime hurt the Business Community. it’s sad. GREED is why we are in this Economic mess!! Someone has to take the FIRST real Honest step, and lend a hand to our failing businesses, and help to jump start the economy, back to growth and good health. I am sure Ebay’s people are making enough money, stop the greed…start doing some good… look at the big picture…not thier bank account. Make what you NEED and Share the Wealth, by really reducing fees.. we don’t need a bunch of so called Free frills…we need LOWER FEES…for all auction and buy now products. don’t take sides, make it across the board!!!

  • http://dcomcomputers.com Michael Curtin

    As a large volume seller on ebay who relies on buy it now pricing, I will see a large increase in fees when this takes affect.

  • Guest

    Ebay has become ARROGANT and GREEDY!! I am so TIRED of Ebay actually thinking their sellers are idiots! I am voting for a NEW and DIFFERENT site to sell on that buyers will be made AWARE of so they will leave Ebay also!!!

  • Guest

    I used to sell on eBay, but stopped years ago, while it was still good to be a seller. These days, eBay is trying to do everything it can to get rid of the small seller. Ultimately they would just like to have a lot of companies like buy . com selling on there and get rid of the little guy completely. For the past few years they’ve been chasing away small sellers with policies like no longer allowing payment via checks, the shipping refund policies, the detailed seller ratings policies, the feedback changes, etc.

    One day I hope the CEO of eBay wakes up and realizes just how stupid he is. I don’t go to eBay to buy from Buy . com. I go to ebay to buy from someone selling something that I might get a good deal on in an auction format. That’s what made eBay famous and popular, and when they have driven all the small, auction based sellers from the site, the magic will go, and so will the buyers. Oh, by the way, why don’t they just cut the goose open now and get all the golden eggs.

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  • Momspennies

    I have seen sellers complain for the last two years and say they are going to leave eBay. I know I did permanently as of Jan 20th 2009. Since that day, I closed my store and imported the remainder of my items to another venue where I already had a booth. Yes, there was some sacrifice in the beginning as I optimized all my products so I didn’t have to count on the bays traffic to get sales. Now I get them from Google and other search engines. Sales have been increasing every month.

    I refuse to go back, not as a buyer or a seller.
    You have to start somewhere. start with your dignity, move on to a new venture and build again.
    The only way they will understand is if you hit them where it hurts, in the pocket!

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  • PastEbayer

    If this ticks enough people off, perhaps it will help other auction sites to get their foot in the door. Ebay really has no GOOD competition, which is BAD. There are a few other auction sites out there, but they have a myriad of problems …. very little merchandise, 98% set-price auctions (usually more expensive than what the item is really worth) & very little true auctions, lots of low-quality sellers, mostly low quality merchandise, very few chances at picking up something really good at a bargain-basement price, etc., etc., etc.

    For the most part, it’s not the fault of the site itself. Ebay is just so huge & so popular that it’s tough to compete with them … kinda like Wal-Mart. I once sold approx. $100/month & bought about the same amount through Ebay. Not big fish for sure, but still a decently large amount of business with them. But after a couple of VERY crooked actions they took out upon my account (Yes, it was THEIR fault & not mine. You can believe it or not, doesn’t really matter to me), I quickly grew tired of their shenanigans & pretty much quit the on-line auction scene entirely. After about 6 months, they FINALLY admitted they had screwed me & came up with some pitiful offers to make it right. But the damage was already done, & I was already tired of screwing with them, so I just sent them an “I told you that 6 months ago, but you refused to use any common sense about the matter. So now I’m really no longer interested in doing business with Ebay” e-mail & quit using them.

    I tried a couple of the other auction sites & they just weren’t really worth the time. So I just don’t do the auction-scene anymore. But it’s definitely a very helpful & fun thing to have available on the internet, but it needs at least 3 equally powerful auction sites in operation, competing for business from both sellers & buyers. That is what isn’t happening now.

    So hopefully the repurcussions from this latest policy change, & hopefully a couple more equally bad ones that they figure out in the near future, will open the gate for other auction sites to be able to pull a significant percentage of Ebay’s customers away from them. That would make the on-line auction business much more helpful than it currently is, having basically just one big player controlling 98% of the available market.

    But I’m not going to hold my breath waiting for it to change for the better like that. I won’t lose any sleep over it, whatever comes from this new policy, good or bad. As I mentioned above, I no longer enjoy on-line auctions & VERY rarely buy or sell ANYTHING through them anymore. But I would love to see Ebay for once actually having to WORK to make sure customers used their site, rather than other available ones. If that ever happens, the on-line auctions would go through a MAJOR change, almost certainly for the better of the buyer & seller.

  • Guest

    I don’t use Ebay anymore.
    I NEVER hear anyone mention Ebay anymore.
    A HUGE Comeback in “Brick & Mortar” used merchandise stores in underway.
    Didn’t take long to kill the magic goose.
    “Rich” people ruin EVERYTHING they get involved in.
    Because they’re ignorant & greedy.

  • Guest

    I just paid a final value fee of $1.20 on a $9.99 sale on ebay auction. That’s 12%. Not 9%

  • Guest

    My ebay account was easily hacked and used officially getting my account banned. Anyways it probably makes sense for smaller online auction sites that focus on niche products or at least individual categories. Anyways, if anyones got any high school kids and are looking for an alternative to normal high school summer camps, take a look at our high school summer programs in Shanghai. This is a great opportunity to promote entrepreneurship to your kids while they also have a chance to learn Mandarin Chinese and take business classes at a local university.

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