Starting March 30, 2010 selling on eBay will be a better deal than ever!
List 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 (but never more than $50)-and pay only if your item sells.
List in Fixed Price for 50¢, with Final Value Fees for the most part staying the same.
This new standard fee structure will replace the current "first 5 listings free"--you'll pay no Insertion Fees whenever you list Auction-style and start pricing under $1!*
Today, I learned that eBay store owners get a very different "deal" that adds significant monthly overhead. This change essentially kills the ability for some card sellers to make any kind of money. Read the White Sox Cards post on The Final Straw of an eBay Seller, excerpt below.
"Why would a company founded on the consumer getting the best deal, shoot itself in the foot at almost every opportunity in the past two years? I haven't been able to offer the best deal on some items for two years. Now, I can't even afford to keep the good fight going."
One angle is that eBay's trying to convert low-margin shops to "active" sellers, where ongoing 99-cent listings allow them to cull more frequent transaction fees. Another take's that they're trying to "clean up" shops that carry over-priced (and thus, under-selling) inventories, by upping the monthly overhead. (I'm thinking of hi-grade slabbed cards from the 1970s for $500.) The impact's not specific to sport cards, of course, yet this seems to impact us more than, say, iPod sellers.
Will this new policy change how you use eBay as a seller (or buyer)?