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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.

10 thoughts on “eBay Ties Payment Fees to Commissions in New Fee Structure”

  1. How exactly would anyone see a savings on this? It does not make sense. Right now I pay 9% and nothing on the sales tax. Why sugarcoat it–call it a fee increase–which it is?

    1. @mazelgirl – You’re paying 9% PLUS a processing fee of about 3%, so 11.5% is less. If there’s no tax, that is. And it depends on the category.

      If the tax is 5%, your fees are about the same. Anything over 5%, and you’re paying more. I think at worst would be something like a 10% sales tax state. But even then, for a $50 item you are paying 32 cents more for fees. And if it’s a zero tax transaction, you are paying 25 cents less. On some you will win, some you will lose. If a seller is selling non-taxable items, it’s a benefit to them. A slight increase probably, for the rest of us, but not too traumatic. As usual, an overblown reaction to a minor change.

  2. The GREED never ends – so Republican of them! At a time when we are all struggling, they need more for their stockholders and the CEO. Disgusting! Ending FVFs is actually the way to go. We need help out here not more of their greed.

    1. I don’t think this is a place for politics, Germaine, but since you brought it up, I counter that it’s quite Democrat of them. The Dems want to keep raising our taxes and stealing our hard-earned money.

      1. This is all about politics, and indeed more about corporate greed, and in this case for most of us, not only is it corporate, it is monopolistic. Government taxation is one thing, and I am guessing you probably are forgetting the 25 trillion dollar debt right now due to undertaxation of corporations and upper tier earnings, which is, indeed, a deferred tax on everybody. The Republicans are almost entirely to blame for the fiscal mess we are presently in. Back to eBay fees. I have been a seller on eBay since 1996 and you can be sure, every single fee or terms change has been with the express goal of squeezing more money out of the little guy for the benefit of obscene salaries and skim schemes.

        1. Economics apparently isn’t your strong suit, perhaps you should stick to eBay discussions, your thoughts are embarrassingly silly. The Financial mess we’re in right now is 100% the fault of the Chinese Communist party. That fact should upset you, not a distraction for “Orange Man Bad” arguments.

  3. Never in my 20 plus years as an eBay seller, with millions in sales on the site, have they ever made changes that saved sellers a dime. Each and every time every change has lowered seller profits and complicated how to use the site.

    Rather than take steps to increase enthusiasm for the platform by sellers, they’ve instead made decisions that have put them in the crosshairs of Activist Investors who disapprove of the company’s behavior, policies and upper management.

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