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eBay Reminds Sellers of Auction Fee Credits

eBay reminded sellers of new fee credits that took effect on May 1st. On its announcement board, eBay wrote that sellers could “enjoy unlimited insertion fee credits on auction-style sales” – though sellers only receive the credits if the items end in a sale.

eBay provides sellers with a certain amount of free listings per month, depending on the type of seller. On May 1st, it sharply reduced the number of free listings available in the auction format.

In its May 21st reminder, eBay said the change was made “to encourage sellers to use the most effective listing formats and durations.”

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For greater selling success, choose auction-style listings when:

  • You’re unsure of the value of your item and want buyers to determine its value;
  • You have unique and hard-to-find items with intense buyer demand or you have items whose market value may fluctuate.

And choose fixed price when:

 

  • You have multiple items that you can group into one listing;

  • You know the value of your item or know the exact price you need to get for it;

 

  • You want your items to be available to buyers for more than 10 days.

It appears the reminder is necessary, as some sellers didn’t get the message about the May 1st changes. EcommerceBytes delved into the changes in this blog post – the impact on auction sellers is enormous.

This week, a seller told EcommerceBytes that when they inquired about the fees for auction listings, they were told by eBay there were too many vintage items listed under auctions. “The rep told me that sellers are selling more under Buy It Now, I haven’t had that happen! … if you like selling vintage items under auctions, looks like eBay wants to push us out the door without saying it.”

See eBay’s full post on the eBay Announcement Board.

And post a comment on this April 29th EcommerceBytes Blog post.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. Send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.


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