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EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 1875 - September 16, 2008 - ISSN 1539-5065    1 of 4

eBay's New Fixed-Price Fees Take Effect Today

By Ina Steiner
September 16, 2008

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eBay reminded sellers on Monday that the changes to Fixed Price listings - announced on August 20, 2008 - would go into effect at midnight Pacific time. eBay is offering a new 30-day duration for Fixed Price listings with an insertion fee of 35 cents, even for multiple-quantity listings. In the media category (Books, Movies & DVDs, Music, and Video Games), the Fixed-Price insertion fee is 15 cents, and if sellers use Pre-Fill Information (catalog) in the media category, they will pay only 5 cents in a promotion that runs through the end of the year. There are reports that at least one third-party service does not yet have the capability for sellers to list in the new format.

eBay also reminded sellers of other changes on the way:

  • Starting October 1st and through the end of the year, sellers will get a free Subtitle listing upgrade, and eligible PowerSellers will get double their Final Value Fee discounts for items sold with free shipping.
  • By October 5th, make sure your first domestic shipping option in your Books, Movies & DVDs, Music and Video Games listings is within the new maximum charges.
  • On October 20th, our paperless payments policy will begin, and checks and money orders will no longer be allowed as payment methods.
  • Also by late October, you'll need to specify your handling time and return policy in your listings.

eBay will answer questions on a special discussion forum on September 16th from 8 am to 5 pm PT.


About the author:

Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.

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