eBay is raising commission fees for media sellers on Half.com. The news comes in the middle of the holiday shopping season, giving sellers only 4 weeks notice of what are in some cases double and triple commission fees.
Half.com commission rates will increase on December 16, eBay told sellers in an email that went out on Thursday morning.
Where sellers who sold an item for $10 would currently pay $1.50 in commission fees (15%), they will pay $2.50 beginning in mid-December. For a $25 item, instead of paying $3.75, they will pay $6.25.
For a $300 item, sellers will go from paying $22.50 to paying $52.50.
And for a $500 item, sellers will go from paying $25 to paying $75.
Here's the breakdown showing the current fees, the new fees, and the percentage increase:
$0.75 - $50.00 was 15.0% new 25.0% (66% increase)
$50.01 - $100.00 was 12.5% new 22.5% (80% increase)
$100.01 - $250.00 was 10.0% new 20.0% (100% increase)
$250.01 - $500.00 was 7.5% new 17.5% (133% increase)
Greater than $500.00 was 5.0% new 15.0% (200% increase)
eBay offered no apology and gave no explanation for the dramatic increase in selling fees in its notification to sellers:
We're writing to let you know that Half.com will be increasing our standard commission rates in all categories starting December 16, 2016. Here's a detailed look at how commission rates will change:
Please note that this rate increase applies to all Half.com categories, including Books, Music, Movies, Games, and Game Systems. All seller commissions from 12/16/2016 forward will be based on this new rate structure.
For additional information on Selling Fees, please visit our Seller FAQs.
Your Half.com Seller Development Team
The reaction from one seller: "For small sellers, half.com was a reasonable alternative to eBay and Amazon, but with the new commission structure it will die. eBay wants to give its main site greater pricing power in commissions and fees."