eBay is restructuring its selling fees in advance of the holiday shopping season, it announced on Monday. It's giving sellers more free listings beginning October 15th, and it's also increasing the listing limits for tens of thousands of sellers. The news came as a surprise since eBay had already announced its regularly scheduled Fall Seller Update.
Sellers who like to list in the auction format got some good news: sellers without a store had been limited to only 20 free auction listings - and those were restricted to Collectibles categories - as well as 20 free fixed-price listings in most categories. Now, they get 50 free listings that can be used in either auction or fixed price in nearly all categories.
One seller wrote, "While it's better than the 20/20, it's still not the 50/50 we used to get. But that said, I'll take it. The 20/20 was horrible if not for all the free listing promos they had been giving out."
Here's an excerpt of eBay's announcement:
Starting on Thursday, October 15, the following price and listing changes will go into effect:
For sellers without an eBay Stores subscription:
You'll get an increased monthly allotment from 20 to 50 zero insertion fee listings for auction-style, or fixed price listings, in nearly all categories. This increased allotment also replaces the 20 zero insertion fee listings dedicated to auction-style listings in Collectibles categories
And, for those of you ready for the next level, you can try a Basic eBay Stores subscription for one month - FREE. But, space is limited, so you'll have to activate it by October 31.
For eBay Stores subscribers:
Basic-level subscribers will get an increased allotment from 150 to 200 zero insertion fee fixed price listings per month
And - for all eBay Stores subscribers - the monthly allotment of 100 additional zero insertion fee auction-style listings will be extended to apply to listings in both Collectibles and Fashion categories.
Between the changes around free listings and the changes around selling limits, it's clear eBay wants to stock its site with more items in advance of the holidays. "Holidays are coming up, so I guess eBay wants a lot of listings," wrote one user - but added, "Now if they could only improve their search so I can find them."
You can see the full announcement and see a chart that breaks down the changes on the eBay Announcement Board
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