|Tue Apr 2 2013 15:03:12|
Did eBay Forget to Extend Media Promotion?
By: Ina Steiner
eBay media sellers got a rude awakening on April 1st, and it was no April Fool's joke. As Tuesday's Newsflash article explains, eBay failed to renew the special promotion that let sellers list books, music, movies & DVDs and video games for just five cents, with free sub-titles.
One seller explained on the eBay boards that his fees jumped from 5 cents to $2 with no advance warning (50-cent listing fee plus $1.50 sub-title fee). Because eBay listing fees vary depending on whether you have a Store (and the Store level) and the listing duration, the end of the promotion hits media sellers differently - but it's a fee increase for all of them.
The failure to extend the promotion could be an oversight on eBay's part. In December, eBay waited until I published an article about the media-promotion expiration before extending it through March 31st. If it was a planned move, it's inexplicable as to why eBay didn't give media sellers some advance notice.
The action (or rather, inaction) certainly appears to have unintended consequences. Some sellers say they will pull their catalog from eBay because of the enormous increase in fees and won't bother relisting in May when some of eBay's new fees go into effect.
Check out today's news story, and if you're a media seller, let us know what this means for you!