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Tue Mar 15 2011 04:37:24

eBay 'Ides of March' Seller Release Brings Major Fee Changes

By: Ina Steiner
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eBay is rolling out its first major seller release (SR1) today, including news it will launch a shopping cart on eBay.com. In a surprise move, eBay will begin charging Final Value Fees to the total amount of transactions, including shipping. eBay will also hold funds for sellers who don't meet certain standards or who are new to selling.

eBay will reduce FVFs for Store subscribers for fixed-price and auction listings and will leave insertion fees untouched.



eBay will allow non-Store subscribers to list up to 50 free auctions, no matter the starting price. Also for non-Store subscribers, FVFs will be reduced for Fixed-Price listings only.



eBay will eliminate the current 5% discount for non-TRS PowerSellers; Top Rated Sellers (TRS) continue to earn a 20% discount on Final Value Fees.

Other changes include:

- As anticipated, eBay will announce a new shopping cart, which it has been testing in the UK.

- eBay will impose minimum global standards for international sellers as of May 20.

- eBay will launch changes in the Electronics category, including the addition of a Listing Bundles feature and requiring the use of the eBay Catalog in certain subcategories.

- eBay will launch changes in the Clothing, Shoes & Accessories category, including requiring all listings to include certain item specifics and the launch of a new color treatment to help establish consistent color across categories and a Size Chart and Handbag Measurement Guide.

- eBay will make changes to selling internationally, including shipping requirements and visibility.

See the story in today's AuctionBytes Newflash for details, and keep an eye on this Blog post for more news as it unfolds throughout the day - we will cover eBay's Town Hall meeting - stay tuned!

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ina
       
Sun Mar 20 17:42:56 2011
@Dun-4,
We address the new Global standards in today's "Cheat Sheet"

http://www.auctionbytes.com/cab/abu/y211/m03/abu0283/s02


here's
more info

Link to info on the new GLOBAL standards

http://pages.ebay.com/sellerinformation/increaseyours
ales/GlobalStandardsChart2011.html

It
does not affect your domestic U.S. standards - see this page, especially the FAQs

http://pages.ebay.com/sellerinformation/news/globalstandar
ds.html

"Nothing
is changing with US performance standards. Your US performance standing will continue to be evaluated on your transactions with US buyers only."
eBay 'Ides of March' Seller Release Brings Major Fee Changes   eBay 'Ides of March' Seller Release Brings Major Fee Changes
by: Digby
       
Sun Mar 20 18:23:25 2011
Yes if ebay just came out and spoke plain English people would respect them a bit more.

Many sellers are talking about boycotts and leaving ebay

Don't forget Ina's survey on the alternate sites.

http://www.auctionbytes.com/cab/abu/y211/m01/abu0279/s02


eBay 'Ides of March' Seller Release Brings Major Fee Changes   eBay 'Ides of March' Seller Release Brings Major Fee Changes
by: Tony
       
Sun Mar 20 22:01:22 2011
WHY WAIT UNTIL APRIL TO BOYCOTT???  EBAY DUMPED THIS ON US NOW, SO THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW!  WHY EVEN GIVE THEM THE PRIVILEGE OF HAVING US UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE???  THE BOYCOTT SHOULD START RIGHT NOW!
eBay 'Ides of March' Seller Release Brings Major Fee Changes   eBay 'Ides of March' Seller Release Brings Major Fee Changes
by: davjanwil
       
Mon Mar 21 10:20:56 2011
I for one have a problem with free shipping,the last four items i sold lost money.Anyone shipped a trunk lately,or an ammo box that weights over 20lbs.There were people asking why i charged 21.99 shipping on these items & i lost money.In this weak selling market more fee's on sellers is nuts!!!!!
eBay 'Ides of March' Seller Release Brings Major Fee Changes   eBay 'Ides of March' Seller Release Brings Major Fee Changes
by: davjanwil
       
Mon Mar 21 10:24:08 2011
BOYCOTT NOW!!!!!!I AM,GOOD BY EBAY.
eBay 'Ides of March' Seller Release Brings Major Fee Changes   eBay 'Ides of March' Seller Release Brings Major Fee Changes
by: Rick1313
       
Mon Mar 21 10:36:58 2011
To davjanwil's post...

The whole way that eBay,inc. addresses ''shipping issues'' is wrong and in bad faith.

Given that they are a worldwide corporation that offers services that has sellers selling worldwide and expect that buyers worldwide know worldwide shipping costs and then allow the buyers to secretly rate the shipping cost, given that eBay says that sellers need DC (and sig at US$250+) or they lose their seller protection, and buyers expect ''low shipping costs'', shows their continued bad faith dealings with the sellers.

This new S&H fee just continues along this line.

I, for one, will be dipping into the pooled funds that eBay has set aside to payoff/settle legal matters.
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by: francan
       
Mon Mar 21 12:27:42 2011
If Paypal hold payment money what happens should the buyer not pay, do they then take money from me after I've already shipped.

Will PayPal also report the cost of shipping to IRS as part of sale???
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by: francan
       
Mon Mar 21 13:19:37 2011
I just listed 2 items @ $.99 supposedly no listing fees, got charged for both - again!  
I've spent far toooooo much time on phone calling to have the apologize and not see any change in what they are apolgizing for!
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by: Pat
       
Mon Mar 21 17:47:36 2011
I beleive this will all but finish the antique market on ebay.  Most buyers have already disappeared and those that are left want everything cheap with no shipping cost.  Sellers who sell antiques can't really offer free shipping and have already seen a steady decline in the price they can get for an item.  I used to have a sell through rate of about 50% on antique glass & china and now I rarely see more than about 20%.  I've sold elsewhere for the past year and although I don't sell high volume, I get much better prices and no nonsense about DSR's, etc.
eBay 'Ides of March' Seller Release Brings Major Fee Changes   eBay 'Ides of March' Seller Release Brings Major Fee Changes
by: AtomicFX
       Web Site
Mon Mar 21 19:10:35 2011
In the article ''Executive Says New eBay Fees Help Align Seller Incentives,'' Vice President of Selling Experience Todd Lutwak said, ''sellers could use eBay's Fee Illustrator to estimate the impact of eBay changes on their businesses.''

Horse hockey!

eBay's Fee Illustrator was created last year for the express purpose of helping sellers determine which, if any, store subscription works best for them.  This year's version is no different, and it says so right on the illustrator page: ''Use the Fee Illustrator below to help determine which eBay Stores subscription may best fit your needs.''

There is NOTHING in eBay's Fee Illustrator which allows you to determine the impact of the Seller Update or to compare old fees to new.  HOWEVER, *I* have made modifications to their illustrator so that it does just that.

Check out my IMPROVED Fee Illustrator and, using eBay's calculated estimates, see whether YOUR fees are estimated to increase or decrease.

http://www.peacetothenations.org/ebay/illustrator2011
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eBay 'Ides of March' Seller Release Brings Major Fee Changes   eBay 'Ides of March' Seller Release Brings Major Fee Changes
by: Collin
       
Mon Mar 21 21:54:54 2011
''We think this is a real win-win for the marketplace. We've been listening to our customers, our SELLERS tell us that they love free shipping, and we want to offer free and low cost shipping.''

I am STILL waiting to the USPS to make THIS announcement!
eBay 'Ides of March' Seller Release Brings Major Fee Changes   eBay 'Ides of March' Seller Release Brings Major Fee Changes
by: DONNA
       
Tue Mar 22 00:04:55 2011
IF I SOLD AN ITEM FOR .99 CENTS, AND PAID $7.00 TO SHIP IT, AFTER EBAY AND PAYPAL GET WHAT THEY WANT, MY EARNINGS WOULD BE 2 CENTS, ON THAT ITEM!

WHO SAID BOYCOTT?!
eBay 'Ides of March' Seller Release Brings Major Fee Changes   eBay 'Ides of March' Seller Release Brings Major Fee Changes
by: Me
       
Tue Mar 22 00:23:01 2011
Back on page 10 StressedSeller wrote:

"The greed of eBay executives seems to be boundless. They clearly don't value or respect small sellers like me. I called customer support and was told that the low value items "aren't worth the bandwidth" and "aren't a profitable area for eBay" so the company is knowingly driving small sellers away."

This is exactly the type of thing to complain to the FTC about. They cannot charge the same fees to everyone for service represented to be the same, then give lesser level of service to the smaller seller, reasoning that they are 'not worth the bandwidth"

https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/

If people can document that it might be worth contacting the AG of California, their own state, or a private attorney.

Don't settle for letting them mistreat you. Boycott, make noise. Do whatever you can.
eBay 'Ides of March' Seller Release Brings Major Fee Changes   eBay 'Ides of March' Seller Release Brings Major Fee Changes
by: woody
       
Tue Mar 22 09:17:15 2011
Looks like ebay dosen't want part time sellers any more. Example I just sold a old hand saw. Using the ebay postage calcaluter it cost the buyer $8.85 to ship parsal post. It would have cost over $15 to send poritory mail all because of the weight. Most buyers want there item asap. So if heavy items are sold the fees would go up.  I guess as a part time seller I will have to only sell items that don't have much weight. I think that ebay will find that all the fun for buyers will be gone from the site as sellers have to up the prices to be able to make any money on ebay.
eBay 'Ides of March' Seller Release Brings Major Fee Changes   eBay 'Ides of March' Seller Release Brings Major Fee Changes
This user has validated their user name. by: Howard
       
Tue Mar 22 12:46:49 2011
Another knife in the back for small volume sellers... Ebay now calculates fees based on sale price plus shipping.. This will undoubtedly prompt sellers to increase shipping charges to make up the loss. Net result: Higher prices for buyers, less profit for sellers, more money for Ebay.. Ebay suggests lowering shipping fees or offering free shipping. This is a pipe dream, as USPS rates have increased so much in recent years. How can a seller afford to offer free shipping on a 10 or 15 dollar sale, when it costs $11 for a medium flat rate box. and that's without insurance or delivery confirmation. Ebay already hands sellers a double whammy, by requiring use of Paypal. Soon, we'll be lucky to break even..
eBay 'Ides of March' Seller Release Brings Major Fee Changes   eBay 'Ides of March' Seller Release Brings Major Fee Changes
by: nothingnew.ecrater.com
       Web Site
Tue Mar 22 16:08:23 2011
Well I moved my selling to ecrater almost 3 years ago for changes way back then. I only use ebay when i'm totally desperate so whatever the changes I'll just deal with them. Once enough is enough for your business you will pick up and move elsewhere. Good Luck ya'll.
eBay 'Ides of March' Seller Release Brings Major Fee Changes   eBay 'Ides of March' Seller Release Brings Major Fee Changes
by: Ben R
       
Tue Mar 22 19:06:02 2011
Shame on Ebay, the economy is bad and people are not buying things, shipping keeps going up and this makes it even harder to make money on ebay. Some of us sell stuff(not making much profit) something that cost $25 to ship we shouldn't get charged for that. They are way to greedy. I have been selling on EBay since 1998 and I hate when people say get over it, for the smaller sellers and some many of the mid size this really can make Ebay a waste of time when you you can't make money, to the person who says paypal fees are like that and now one complains. We do and we have not choose Ebay had a monopoly its ridiculus, you don't go to the Walmart and they say you must pay with Walamart money! Give me a break Ebay. get someone with Business sense and commonsense! Sorry for the misspeilling, jsut very frustrated especially being someone who loves Business and see stupid things like this going on by greedy  foolish business people!
eBay 'Ides of March' Seller Release Brings Major Fee Changes   eBay 'Ides of March' Seller Release Brings Major Fee Changes
by: GET THIS
       
Wed Mar 23 00:24:38 2011
Meanwhile, eBay's corporate response to the seller backlash is to downplay it.

While sellers are burning up Internet forums, including FSB's discussion board, with vitriolic criticism of the planned new policies, eBay spokesman Usher Lieberman said sellers' reactions in eBay's town hall forums have been "balanced."

"The community understands the rationale behind these changes," he said.

At the same time, Lieberman acknowledged that eBay's sellers are, first and foremost, entrepreneurs.

"They have a lot of different channels available to them, and we expect they're evaluating what the changes mean for their business," he said.
eBay 'Ides of March' Seller Release Brings Major Fee Changes   eBay 'Ides of March' Seller Release Brings Major Fee Changes
by: another side of the coin
       
Wed Mar 23 01:02:35 2011
''sellers' reactions in eBay's town hall forums have been ''balanced.''

Take this with a grain of salt since eBay execs and henchmen are so out of touch with reality. Like I said in another post, take everything these idiots say and it means the opposite is true.
eBay 'Ides of March' Seller Release Brings Major Fee Changes   eBay 'Ides of March' Seller Release Brings Major Fee Changes
by: Rick
       
Thu Mar 24 09:42:33 2011
Apparently Ebay wants to support the new "Ebay Bucks" program off the backs of it's sellers.
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