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eBay Promotion Offers Half-Off Commission Fees

eBay is running a free-listing promotion with a twist: it also gives sellers half-off of commission fees. Sellers can list up to 50,000 auction or fixed-price listings per month during the promotion period and pay no insertion fees and only 50% of normal Final Value Fees. The promotion kicked off in April and runs through the end of June – however, it’s by invitation only.

Sellers that qualify for participation will have received an email or message in My eBay. Only 5-, 7-, 10-, and 30-day listing durations are included. However, it appears sellers will be charged for extra-duration fees, such as the 40-cent optional fee to run a 10-day listing.

All existing selling limits as well as category and item limits apply and may exclude sellers from creating the maximum number of listings available. Only sellers whose accounts meet eBay’s minimum seller performance standards are eligible.

eBay said the 50%-off Final Value Fees promotional rate will not be shown during the listing process, but would be reflected in the “View Account Status” section in My eBay as well as in the seller’s next invoice.

The promotion runs from April 23 – June 30, 2014. All other fees apply, see details and restrictions on the eBay website.

Some other recent promotions:

Limited Free-listing promotion – lets eBay Store owners list up to 10,000 auctions – but only in certain categories, and the listings must be priced at 99 cents or less, invitation only. March 9 – April 6, 2014 – link to EcommerceBytes story.

Free-listing promotion – lets sellers list up to 50,000 auction listings – with Gallery Plus thrown in at no extra charge, invitation only. March 13 – 23, 2014 – link to EcommerceBytes story.

Inclusive Free listing promotion – lets sellers list up to 5,000 auction, auction with Buy It Now, or fixed price listings – ALL sellers. March 26 – 31, 2014 – link to EcommerceBytes story.

Free-listing promotion – lets sellers list up to 15,000 fixed-price listings, invitation only. April 7 – 12, 2014 – link to EcommerceBytes story .

Free listing promotion – lets sellers list up to 25,000 auction listings, invitation only. April 16 – 26, 2014 – link to EcommerceBytes story.

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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.