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eBay Runs Free Listing Promotion through Christmas Eve

Remember when eBay would run free listing days every December 26th so that there would be enough inventory on the site in the weeks following Christmas into January? Those days are over and have, for the most part, been replaced with frequent, limited, invitation-only promotions, such as a private one that kicked off on Thursday.

eBay.com is running a free-listing promotion for sellers that runs from December 12 – 24, 2013. But not everyone can participate – only sellers who receive a special invitation via email or through their My eBay account can take part.

Those who do receive an invitation can list up to 100,000 auction listings with no insertion fee. Also included – Gallery Plus and 10-day duration listing upgrade. (But 1-day listings are excluded.)

The messaging on the invitation shows a handbag with the words, “sold for $250.” The fine print explains:

Sold for amount is based on the average selling price over the past 30 days for a designer handbag. The average price is calculated on final sales prices for items sold in auction-style and fixed price formats in used condition. Shipping and handling costs not included in calculation. Because this is an average price, the actual price may vary. No representation is made that any item will sell at a particular price.

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The promotion is activated with the seller’s qualifying eBay user ID. It is not transferable, and any listings created prior to December 12th are not eligible for the promotional rate. Sellers who have been invited to participate will automatically receive the promotional rate when they list items in the auction-style or auction-style with Buy It Now formats through the Sell Your Item form, eBay Seller Tools, eBay mobile applications, and most third-party tools.

All other fees apply, see eBay website for details and restrictions.

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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 ina@ecommercebytes.com.