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Tue Jan 26 2010 08:14:29

eBay Announces Fee Changes, Will Eliminate Store Format

By: Ina Steiner

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As anticipated, eBay will eliminate its Store Inventory format and has introduced a new pricing structure effective March 30, 2010. There will be one Fixed Price format on eBay - listings in the current Stores Inventory Format will automatically become regular Fixed Price listings with the same duration and appear with all other Fixed Price listings in eBay search results.

eBay will also extend the multi-variation listing feature to more categories - this allows sellers to list multiple variations of a product, including color and size, in one listing.

Sellers may no longer use the PowerSeller icon or references to the PowerSeller designation in listing templates, listing descriptions, About Me pages, or Stores pages.

Some initial thoughts:
With the new eBay Stores pricing, it's much more expensive to list in Stores format for low-volume sellers - you pay the same $15.95/month subscription fee, but rather than paying as low as 3 cents to list, you must pay a 20-cent insertion fee. However, your listings appear in Core search results.

An option would be to pay a higher monthly subscription fee - almost $50, and get insertion fees of 5 cents. eBay says this works for sellers who list over 250 items per month.

A lot of news to digest here, let's hear your comments!

Fee Changes
- No Insertion Fees for Auction-style listings when you list your item with a start price under $1—up to 100 listings per month. Pay only if your item sells.

- New low Insertion Fees when you list your item with a start price of $1 or more

- One easy Final Value Fee of 9% of the winning bid—and never more than $50—regardless of your start price or final selling price.

- 50-cent Insertion Fee for Fixed Price with Final Value Fees for the most part staying the same.



eBay will also introduce new fees for its Stores.
BASIC: 20¢ Fixed Price Insertion Fees, $15.95/month - Consider a Basic Store if you list more than 50 Fixed Price or Auction-style items a month. It's a great starter package if you plan to start an eBay business or ramp up your selling.

PREMIUM: 5¢ Fixed Price Insertion Fees, $49.95/month - Great choice for higher volume sellers (more than 250 items per month) and sellers listing in both Auction-style and Fixed Price formats.

ANCHOR: 3¢ Fixed Price Insertion Fees, $299.95/month - Get the same great deal as the old Store Inventory format-now with full exposure in search results! With an Anchor Store subscription, higher volume sellers get top savings and the lowest package rates on eBay.



NOTE: Starting in March, meeting the new minimum performance standard for all sellers will be a requirement for Premium and Anchor subscribers. ("Above Standard.")



- Insertion Fees as low as 3¢ for Fixed Price listings with full exposure in search results

- Fixed Price Final Value Fees for the most part staying the same

- New low Auction-style Insertion Fees

- Auction-style Final Value Fees significantly reduced over the new standard rate

- FREE pictures—up to 12 per listing

- FREE Selling Manager Pro with Premium and Anchor subscriptions
 
- Plus all the other great marketing tools you get with an eBay Stores subscription, including your own customizable store front and Markdown Manager.



New PowerSeller discounts and seller requirements coming in mid-April - the new PowerSeller requirements (originally announced in July 2009) will be in effect for all PowerSellers, not just Top-rated sellers. And with the new PowerSeller discount schedule (also announced in July), only eBay Top-rated sellers will receive 20% fee discounts. All other PowerSellers will receive 5% discounts. PowerSellers will see this change reflected on their statements starting May 1, 2010.

Here's a link to eBay's overview page.
 

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by: Here's your solution!

Tue Jan 26 16:44:32 2010


No more ebay fees.......... ever!!!

REALLY!

No more ripping your hair out trying to figure out just how badly you're being screwed!!

No more sticking pins in your eyes trying to dull the excruciating pain and suffering your business endures everytime ebay RAISES YOUR FEES, yet spins it to you and the media as a lowering of fees, thinking you're stupid!!!

That's right... HERE'S YOUR SOLUTION!!!

Open your FREE STORES on eCrater.com (and/or MANY others - see David and Ina's past articles!) and bring YOUR buyers with you!

Simple!

***WE*** MADE EBAY and we can just as EASILY MAKE SOMEONE ELSE!

Imagine... no more ulcers! No more bald spots on your head! No more headaches! No more embarrassing gurgling going on in your stomach! No more stress!

Best of ALL...

NO MORE FEES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is not rocket science... anyone can do it and have FUN with it! :D

Just say TOODLES to ebay!

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ina

Tue Jan 26 16:51:06 2010

Here's what a Wall Street analyst told me he's interested in learning in terms of seller reaction from today's eBay announcements:

"i would be curious how sellers overall expect the changes to impact the fees they pay; are they likely to list more or fewer or the same number of items on eBay; does the new fee structure make ebay more or less competitive with amazon; will they shift the mix of auction and fixed price items. I am sure the answers would depend greatly based on the size of the seller and what category(ies) they operate in."

eBay management, reporters and Wall Street analysts come to AuctionBytes to get seller reaction; if you want to tell the world why you like or dislike the changes, explain how they impact you, and if it will impact your selling behavior, giving some context as to what type of seller you are.

I've found some of these comments, including the questions, very informative.

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by: Net profits are all that matters

Tue Jan 26 16:52:41 2010

@RBH

You state:

''Having said that, the new total fees are considerably lower than alternative sites with equivalent traffic''

eBay Traffic doesn't equate to NET profits for a seller. Ebay gets ''better'' traffic than Amazon but many sellers realize better NET profits for their efforts on Amazon.

Amazon's fees are higher but there are NO insertion fees, and consumers are willing to pay higher prices for goods there. Dude, you know this, it's common knowledge.

Pick a commodity item of your choice, sell it on ebay, and sell it on amazon. See what happens.

Cheers.

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by: concerned

Tue Jan 26 16:53:35 2010

@RBH
With the increase in fees does that mean they will fix "best match" search? This is the one thing that has been a nightmare. I sell about $30,000.00 a month on ebay with 100% feedback with great stars but my competition has 97% feedback and their listings are ahead of mine in search!! That just blows my mind. PLEASE explain this to me!

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by: Wake-Up!

Tue Jan 26 16:54:06 2010

@Craig Clark

Doesn't matter if your items sell on eBay anyways. They still take most your money!

They have a insatiable desire to rule the planet. Those who continue to sell on this venue are encouraging their own enslavement.

Death to eBay corp in 2010

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by: Patricia

Tue Jan 26 16:58:27 2010

Ina - can you get this reporter interested in more than just this fee change?  There are big troubles for sellers inside of Ebay and the media just doesn't understand them and their blanket headlines certainly do not address them.  This is not just a case of higher fees (which no doubt it is cause not all of us are going to sell stupid 99 cent items).  Its a whole dark nest of things all jumbled together that actually makes the Ebay environment extremely difficult for sellers AND for buyers.

Its evident that whoever thought up the 5 free listings each month (which was also mostly a fee raise) also thought up these fee changes.  How much nicer it would be not to be spoon fed corn but simply told the truth for a change.

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by: Joe

Tue Jan 26 16:58:38 2010

Just a version of the shell game move everything around to keep us confused. BUT more people are catching on and just like the old shell movers ebay will be gone. Thats whats called short term thinking. They had a great thing going but had to screw it up. Over educated under acheivers.

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by: Patricia

Tue Jan 26 17:14:38 2010

Okay - everybody tell your story  - here's mine:

DEAR WALL STREET ANALYST:

''eBay management, reporters and Wall Street analysts come to AuctionBytes to get seller reaction; if you want to tell the world why you like or dislike the changes, explain how they impact you, and if it will impact your selling behavior, giving some context as to what type of seller you are.''

Truth is Ebay's site is cluttered, its precious best match does not work! Small sellers are hidden and buyers are confused that they cannot find what they want... small sellers pay the rates yet get shoved aside as far as exposure is concerned.  Ebay has not been truthful with small sellers.  Now, it has come out with a new program (TRS Top Rated Seller).  This program awards sellers with good records who sell a certain amount of goods.  Ebay has come out with a statement asking buyers to frequent Top Rated Sellers because they can be TRUSTED!!!!!  What does that do to the rest of us who also have pristine records but just don't sell enough to suit Ebay....we're shoved aside!  We're not to be trusted (so the statement implies) yet they'll accept our fee money!  This is just the tip of the iceberg - everyone here can tell their own story.  I know that I went from almost powerseller status to selling only a few items each month...due to lack of traffic to my listings!  There is now no difference between Ebay and most of the up and coming sites - except most of them are free to list and Ebay still has high fees!  Paypal 21 day holds and rolling reserves also hurt sellers.  How can a small seller stay in business and have his money held up for 21 days or a chunk of his revenue held up even longer?  These fee changes are just the tip of a huge iceberg - one that seems to grow daily.

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by: Susan

Tue Jan 26 17:20:43 2010

eBay store fee changes:  Let me see if I understand this. If I list 100 items to the eBay store, I pay $.50 listing fee per item each month which = $50.  I am assuming that these are monthly, recurring fees.  So, if I list for 10 months, should the items not sell, I'm paying $500?  Is that correct.  Versus $.03 X 100 = $3 X 10 = $30.  And when items sell, eBay takes 12% versus 8%.  Am I correct with this?

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by: concerned

Tue Jan 26 17:24:02 2010

I'm VERY frustrated with these changes!  I've been selling on eBay for about 6 years.  I have about 2,000 items in my store and ''planned'' to add more.  I have a basic store and pretty much only sell that way.  Currently, my fees go from approximately $76 to $150 per month, since I'm forced to get a Premium store.  How is that a fee reduction?  That's DOUBLING my current listing fees.  Why is an Anchor store required to get the same listing fee as the current Basic store?  That's an increase of almost 2000% from $15 to $300!  I could maybe live with having to get the Premium store to still be able to have over 2,000 items listed at 3 cents per item, but going from $15 to $300 is TOTALLY INSANE!  

I also don't see how joining the ''core'' search is going to help me increase sales either because EVERYONE has to move to ''core'' search now.  People find my items just fine as it is since my items are somewhat specific to what they are looking for.  

Once again, I'm motivated to move elsewhere.  

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by: h

Tue Jan 26 17:24:04 2010

"BEST MATCH" does not just affect SMALL sellers!!

I am a "BIG" seller and my listings are buried in search!!

Sellers with low feedback and low stars are ahead of me in search!

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by: Susan

Tue Jan 26 17:25:21 2010

eBay new store listing fees:  Let me see if I understand this correctly.  If I list 100 items to the eBay store, the listing fee for one month would be $.50 X 100 = $50.  I am assuming the fee is a monthly reoccurring fee.  So, should those items not sell for ten months, then I would pay $50 X 10 = $500.  If they sell, I am paying 12% vs 8%.  Is this correct?  If so, it seems to me that this is more than brick and motar overhead costs, quite a challenge particularly for business that must contend with those costs, as well.

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by: Sam

Tue Jan 26 17:26:59 2010



Allowable 100 free listings in auction style format up to $1.00, and once again they thought sellers wouldn't notice the end of listing fee INCREASE.

Also, if a seller puts MORE than 100 auction listings each month under $1.00, that means the seller has to pay a listing fee for each additional listing AND pay an increase with each end of listing fee.

rotflmao @ greedbay. You thought you pulled a fast one on sellers and the world again, didn't you?

This is why I have moved to ecrater and Amazon, like all the sellers before me and the ones to follow, especially once the new fee's take effect.
ecrater is FREE, and Amazon has much more traffic than greedbay.

Put a fork in greedBay, they are done!
And are still greedy as ever!!








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by: d

Tue Jan 26 17:33:39 2010

Speaking of search: I've have perfect feedback and near perfect ''stars'' on eBay.  Unfortunatley, 4 buyers gave me positive feedback but 2 or less stars for shipping time over 6 months ago.  I still haven't recovered and have yet to get TRS status.  It was a time when I was moving to an entirely different state and as you can imagine I couldn't fulfill all of my orders in a timely manner.  I let all of them know this as much as I could, but alas they still gave me 2 or less stars.  I called eBay and they can't remove them since they don't know what items got the low stars since they were positive feedback.  Now, I have to suffer who knows how many loss sales because buyers didn't know what they were doing or didn't read their email or didn't read the note I included with their item.  I don't even know who they are!  And they can't retract them and I have no chance to fix a problem if they don't contact me and just give me low stars.  It's ridiculous!  And my ability to even have a store in eBay is based on this system now!?!?  You've got to be kidding me!

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by: Susan

Tue Jan 26 17:35:36 2010

The way that eBay stores work best is to allow sellers to list large volume and offer visibility to listed items that attract attention.  It seems to me that offering more visibility to store items will simply clutter the eBay search.  Savvy sellers know how to attract buyers into their stores wihtout such costly visibility.  

I think this is a mistake.  eBay has lost good sellers and good merchandise.  Increasing the eBay store price is one way to cut out the clutter, but it's also going to force sellers to sell outside of eBay it seems to me.  So, more lost merchandise?

Apologies for double listing above -- thought 1st one didn't go thru.

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by: who moved my business model?

Tue Jan 26 17:48:21 2010

"Explain the difference between requiring everyone to list by fixed price for .35 and requiring everyone to list in stores for .3 ?"

True, if eBay's goal was to get everybody under one best match algorithm in order to favor the diamonds and to make everyone else compete with each on price they could have just as easily given all sellers the .03 listing price with 14.95 monthly store fee as is available now. But you were sold the 299.99 monthly store fee in order to get the .3 and listing and told it was a reduction.
Are seller really that gullible?

 we use the stores .03 per item  

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by: Rich

Tue Jan 26 17:51:19 2010

My upfront store fees would move from 3 cents a month to 5 cents a month and the $16/month fee is tripling from $16/month to $50/month???  Obviously I'm through selling on Ebay. My fees for 2400 items are now moving from $88/month up to $160/month and that's before commision on sales and Paypal.  Amazon upfront fees will be just $39/month with no Paypal. So I have no choice but to quit Ebay.  To the lady who runs this blog; thanx for your info and efforts. I guess I'd be done here also since most of this site is mainly Ebay updates and Ebay complaints.  Interesting how there is never any Amazon complaints.

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by: Matt Price

Tue Jan 26 17:55:43 2010

This is why I have left eBay.  The pricing structure keeps changing like lines in the sand because eBay can't figure out what kind of venue they want to be.

An auction site, which is what they are defined as or Amazon.com.

In either case, people know who Amazon is, and they welcome the new business.

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by: Jim

Tue Jan 26 17:58:59 2010

It's probably time to move on to another marketplace anyway.  I have spent years doing buyer support and customer correspondence in a tiny one inch reply box, which is what eBay has forced on us by the Communications DSR.  This shows just how much eBay cares about its sellers.

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by: fruity

Tue Jan 26 17:59:28 2010

Its ebay management that are nincompoops, they dont know how to merchandise and because of their own incompetence and lack of taking care of problems when they were growing, this is the mess that we are all in. Ebay trying to figure out what to do. And I think its just rich that while every analyst and reporter one is talking about how JD is the new CEO and that he's cleaning up the place that they fail to internalize that John Donahoe was in charge of this marketplace for years before taking over. In fact it was him that has implemented what is now a pile of crap. it only was prolonged and not fully rolled out til afterwards. But you can't just roll this stuff out, its planned for years and he's the one in charge of cleaning it up? That's RICH!

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