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by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Wed July 15 2020 16:39:23

eBay Gives Sellers More Free Listings

By: Ina Steiner

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eBay is giving sellers more free listings each month beginning August 1, 2020. The number of total free listings per month vary depending on a seller's Store subscription status and whether or not they are enrolled in eBay Managed Payments. 

The change applies to insertion fees and does not impact Final Value commission fees.

A seller with no eBay Store subscription currently receives 50 free auction or fixed-price listings. As of August 1st, that seller would receive 200 free auction or fixed-price listings.

Basic Stores will get an additional 100 fixed-price listings; Starter Stores will receive an additional 150 listings, to 250 auction or fixed-price listings. 

Sellers enrolled in Managed Payments receive a bigger boost in the number of zero insertion-fee listings. For example, a seller with a Basic Store using Managed Payments will receive 10,000 fixed-price listings in select categories; 350 fixed-price listings in all categories; and 250 auction listings in Fashion & Collectibles.

You can find the details on this page of the eBay website, where eBay also posted a Frequently Asked Questions section. Among the FAQs of which to take special note are the following:

Will I receive the additional monthly zero insertion fee listings in select categories for managed payments if I am not signed up for managed payments?
No. You will not receive the additional monthly zero insertion fee benefits starting August 1, 2020 unless you are signed up for managed payments. Non-Store sellers and Starter Store and Basic Store subscribers who are not in managed payments will still be eligible for monthly zero insertion fee listings starting August 1. Basic Store subscribers and above who are invited and signed up for managed payments will receive additional monthly zero insertion fee benefits in the select categories starting August 1. We are inviting more sellers to join managed payments every day.

Why aren't you changing the monthly zero insertion fee listings for auction listings in select categories?
Auction listing is a premium listing format and we are not changing monthly zero insertion fee auction listings. Use the auction listing format when you don't know the true value of your item and want the market to determine it. Use the fixed price listing format when you're confident about an item's value or require a certain price. We'll continue to evaluate and make adjustments as we identify new opportunities to improve the benefit. 

The full announcement is found on this page of the eBay Announcement board.

Sellers discussing the news on the eBay boards were generally pleased except for those impacted by some of the category restrictions. Let us know what you think and how you'll be impacted, and how you think this impacts eBay.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Fri Jul 17 20:04:47 2020

@The End

Sorry I upset you.  You are absolutely entitled to your opinions, as we all are.

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by: Silver Ice King This user has validated their user name.

Fri Jul 17 20:31:47 2020

@Lightning

I may be misinterpreting what you posted and if so I apologize.  My understanding of being included in Mangled Payments is that you MUST use Sellers Hub as it is the only Ebay platform that is compatible with MP.  So if you are making that switch then you would have no choice but to use Sellers Hub.  Again if this has no bearing on your comments I apologize in advance and please just disregard what I posted.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Sat Jul 18 01:41:01 2020

@Silver Ice King

You are correct.  Those in MP will have to use the Seller Hub.  So most sellers, like it or not, will be using the Seller Hub by year end.  I've been using it for a few years now.  I like it just fine.  You can customize the placement of the boxes and some of the content.  It works just fine for me.

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by: acc756 This user has validated their user name.

Sat Jul 18 14:56:08 2020

To add on to the Seller Hub discussion - just because an account is opted in to Seller Hub doesn't necessarily mean they have to actually use it.

There are a variety of 3rd party programs and/or options to use eBay's developer tools and direct API connections instead of or in addition to the features in Seller Hub.

eBay also provides the Merchant Integration Platform (MIP) which allows you to upload and download files directly via FTP to manage your business on eBay.  That is a free tool, though it may take a little bit of learning for those who are not familiar with csv files and FTP.  I can't personally speak to how well it works, but it is an option.

Many sellers, while technically opted in to Seller Hub, likely never even have to log in to eBay to do anything directly - they can create/manage listings, manage promotions, fulfill and ship orders, leave feedback, respond to messages,get sales and financial reports etc. all through a 3rd party program or the API.

A lot of those programs are more advanced or Enterprise level solutions, with a price tag to match, but there are also options that are more smaller seller friendly as well.

Just some things to think about as more sellers are pushed to find ways to adapt.  There are several ways to work around Seller Hub if you do not wish to use it or find it just won't work for your particular business, but as with anything there are pros and cons to be considered on both sides.

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by: lancecorp This user has validated their user name.

Sat Jul 18 16:25:42 2020

Hey bb6 - I don't know anyone on here that has just 25-50 listings. And as far as list more - sell more - that's rubbish - you need to sell what people want - doesn't mean Ebay is going to let it be seen but.....that's Ebay.

The problem I see is that some can't wrap their heads around the idea that many people have found they sell more merchandise on other platforms with more seller protection, less hoops to jump through and lower fees. It's because Ebay's algorithms are so screwed up and preferential treatment is given to overseas sellers who flood categories with multiple duplicate listings, often fakes advertised as vintage and often in the wrong categories.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Lightning

Sat Jul 18 22:03:03 2020

@SIK  I follow you on that, and thanks for taking the time to check.  I have been thinking of downsizing my store, don't need 1000 listings.  I was afraid I would lose some functions by doing so, but apparently not.  I'll probably drop to Basic and save a few dollars per month.

I have been on Seller Hub for quite a while, who knows how long.  I was in the dark about the distinction between Seller Hub and Selling Manager Pro, a subscription that can be free with larger stores, a pay service for smaller stores.  Apparently it's all in Seller Hub by default, but I couldn't find that in writing in the Help sections, etc.  

I hate it when you think you can switch something, only to find out it was a mistake due to some factor you missed when all the dust got kicked up.  Like that higher FVF for Starter stores that Marie pointed out.  Right after you switch, you find out why you SHOULDN'T have switched.  Then it's too late, or costly switching back.

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by: purpleiris This user has validated their user name.

Mon Jul 20 21:33:56 2020

"Right after you switch, you find out why you SHOULDN'T have switched.  Then it's too late, or costly switching back."

That's basically the very thing that happened to me when I first tried listing on eBay back in 2008 -- and the very reason I said never again. It's like a bait and switch to steal your money.

Considering the fact that I was in dire straits, using grocery money to make more grocery money, only to have pretty much given that money away for nothing, it was an easy decision to stay away from the likes of them. When you don't have the money for people to just be taking, it can sure provide a lot of clarity when it comes to decision-making.

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