|Fri Aug 1 2008 11:52:55|
eBay Survey Suggests ProStores Fee Change
By: Ina Steiner
A reader reports having taken a survey conducted by eBay that indicates it may be considering possible fee changes to its web-hosting business, ProStores.
The ProStores model is based on Kurant Technology, whose assets eBay purchased a few years ago. Current ProStores pricing includes monthly subscription fees in a tiered system.
For example, the "ProStores Business" plan costs $29.95/month with a 0.5% Transaction Fee. eBay sellers currently receive a 30 percent discount on all ProStores subscription fees.
According to the AuctionBytes reader, the survey indicated eBay may be considering moving to the following fee structure:
No monthly subscription fee; Half a percent commission (FVF); And an 8 percent commission if eBay drives the business to the seller's ProStores site.
In mulling this over, I think it may be one additional pricing plan that might be offered exclusively to eBay sellers. eBay may be considering pushing its ProStores harder at eBay sellers with possible integration with eBay Stores. Having no monthly fees would be attractive to the typical eBay seller, and in return, eBay would earn higher commission fees.
Pure speculation on my part, of course. If anyone has screenshots of the survey, please send them (or post a link).