eBay is running a sale to boost auction listings. Eligible sellers do not have to pay insertion fees, but like most seller promotions these days, it is by invitation only, and eBay does not disclose how many users it invites to such sales.
Sellers who receive the invitation can list up to 200,000 auction listings (and auctions listings with Buy It Now) from January 11 – 21, 2014. And while 3, 5, 7, and 10-day listing durations are included, 10-day auction-style listings will be subject to the listing upgrade fee, which is 40 cents per listing.
The promotion is activated with the seller’s qualifying eBay user ID and is not transferable. Only sellers invited via an email and/or a message in My eBay and whose accounts meet eBay’s minimum performance standards are eligible. Selling limits as well as category and item limits apply, which may exclude sellers from creating the maximum number of listings.
All other fees apply. It appears eBay is not requiring invited sellers to activate the promotion in advance: “Sellers that have been invited to participate will receive the Promotional Rate when they list items with the seller’s qualifying eBay user ID through the Sell Your Item form, eBay Seller Tools, and most third-party tools” on eBay. See promotion invitation for details and restrictions.