eBay is running a promotion with several variations in order to encourage sellers to list in the auction format in Collectibles and Fashion from now until the end of February, though at least one variation promotes fixed-price listings in almost any category.
In one version, sellers pay a 5-cent insertion fee for up to 10,000 auction listings/month in fashion and collectibles categories once they’ve used their free monthly listings allotment.
Fashion categories include Clothing, Shoes & Accessories, Health & Beauty, and Jewelry & Watches. Collectibles categories include Antiques, Art, Coins & Paper Money, Collectibles, Dolls & Bears, Entertainment Memorabilia, Pottery & Glass, Sports Memorabilia, Cards & Fan Shop, Stamps, and Toys & Hobbies.
In another version, sellers can list up to 1,000 auction listings/month in fashion and collectibles and pay no insertion fees.
This version gives sellers up to 2,000 free listings a month in the fixed-price format – not the auction format, and most categories are included (see details).
One seller pointed out that the invitation they received stated, “Please note, the free listings are for each month, and as such, will renew on the 1st of every month through February 2016.”
“I am thinking that a lot of sellers are going to get nailed for duplicate listings if they are not careful,” they commented.
Those sellers who were invited to participate in a promotion should check the invitation carefully for details and restrictions.
Update: A reader sent us a link to another variation of the promotion in which eBay offers 500 free auction listings/month in the fashion and collectibles categories through the end of February.
Update: Another reader wrote to say their invitation was a hybrid: “My free listing offer was 10,000 fixed price listings (anywhere) and 1,000 auction listings (collectibles and fashion) monthly through February.”