eBay UK Changes Fees and TRS Requirements
By Ina Steiner
eBay has announced the UK Seller Release. eBay will raise the cost of eBay Shops (eBay Stores) in the UK and is offering sellers with a Basic Shop 20 free listings each month, and those with a Featured Shop 60 free listings each month (30-day and Good ‘Til Cancelled listings are free). The number of free listings for sellers with an Anchor Shop will not change
A monthly subscription to a Basic Shop will increase from 14.99 pounds to 19.99 pounds and for a Featured Shop the monthly fees will increase from 49.99 pounds to 59.99 pounds.
eBay UK is also upgrading the standards required to achieve eBay Top-rated seller status (TRS) on listings, lowering the sales volume requirements, but requiring them to offer a free-shipping option in order to receive the associated benefits and final value fee discounts for those listings. (So sellers aren't required to offer free shipping, but in order to get the TRS discount, a listing must have a free-shipping option.)
eBay UK is also allowing sellers to opt in to tests of a new international tracked postage service.
The UK marketplace also advised sellers to add unique product identifiers to their listings in order to appear on Google Shopping. "Not providing these identifiers means your items won't show up in Google Shopping - causing you to miss out on sales opportunities," it wrote.
See eBay UK Seller Release announcement for all the details.
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