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eBay Reverses Decision to Limit Anchor Stores in UK

eBay had planned to begin limiting the number of listings available to Anchor Stores in the UK, but announced this week it was reversing the decision. “Sensible,” one reader called the reversal, calling it an unnecessary restriction that only hit the biggest sellers. “How to upset your biggest customers,” he said.

As part of the eBay UK fee changesannounced in March, Anchor Shop owners were facing the prospect of only receiving 50,000 fixed-price listings per month as part of the subscription instead of receiving unlimited fixed-price listings.

eBay had planned to offer them a choice of paying an additional 5p for each listing over the allowance, or purchasing an “Unlimited Listing Pack” for an additional 250 pounds (presumably per month, though it didn’t specify) – Anchor Shops already pay 217.38 pounds/month for an Anchor Store subscription in the UK.

eBay had told its UK Store owners in March that it was making the decision in order to “encourage the removal of outdated listings which improves the shopping experience.”

At the time, it also announced a new fee for renewing listings that hadn’t sold within 18 months in order to “improve the shopping experience by removing clutter on the site,” but it also reversed that decision.

eBay notified shop owners by email on Tuesday. “We’re happy to announce that we’ve decided not to put this policy into place at this time. While only a small number of Anchor Shop subscribers create over 50,000 listings per month, all Anchor Shop subscribers can continue to enjoy unlimited listings. We’ll continue to review our shop allowances and seller behaviour to make sure we’re delivering the best experience on eBay for both buyers and sellers.”

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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. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.