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eBay Surprises US Sellers with New Fixed-Price Promo

Some eBay sellers expressed their surprise, nay shock, upon learning they were invited to participate in a new free-listing promotion, given the recent dearth of offers. But invitees should be aware it applies only to certain types of listings.

The subject line of the email invitation read, “List more. Pay zero insertion fees.” Sellers can list up to 500 fixed-price listings and pay no insertion fees (warning: they must pay final value fees if the item sells). Another caveat: the promotion only applies to 30-day and Good Til Cancelled listings.

Also: “the promotional rate only applies to the initial listing; renewals will count toward your monthly listing allotment if available, or will be charged the standard insertion fee rates,” according to the terms.

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“List your unwanted items and pay zero insertion fees on up to 500 fixed price listings, even if your item doesn’t sell,” the invitation proclaims. It kicked off on August 9 and runs through August 15th. The promotion is in addition to the free listings per month as part of the everyday rate plan.

Invited sellers must activate the promotion in order to participate. One reader was puzzled about the promotion, telling EcommerceBytes, “When I activated the offer, the eBay message read: You’ve accepted the offer “7 days, no insertion fees: up to 500 fixed priced listings!””

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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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