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This week AuctionBytes published the results of a survey of 1,100 eBay sellers to see how eBay's changes to the fee structure would impact them. After reading that 75.8% of respondents said that under the new eBay.com fee structure, their monthly eBay fees would go up, an AuctionBytes Blog reader wanted to know who exactly was benefiting from eBay's fee changes.
We did some filtering of the data to answer that question - and although there were very slight variations across categories, three factors played a major role in impacting how the fee changes would affect sellers.
TRS vs non-TRS
Level of eBay Store
No Store: 6.4%
Annual Sales (GMV):
When asked, "Do you plan to make any changes to your business due to fee and/or policy changes announced by eBay on January 26, 2010?" the overall respondents said that they would either list fewer items on eBay (44.2%), close their existing Store (16.6%), downgrade their existing eBay Store (2.2%) or stop selling all together (15%).
In contrast (and not surprisingly), when we filtered respondents to those who said their overall fees would decrease, here's how they answered: 13.5% said they would list fewer items on eBay; 6.3% said they would close their Store; 0 respondents said they would downgrade their eBay Store; 2.1% said they would stop selling all together.
Additional Survey Results
"Survey Results - eBay Sellers Say Fee Changes Will Cost Them More" - Link
"Survey Shows Small Sellers Taking Brunt of eBay Fee Changes" - Link
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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