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by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Tue Jan 10 2017 20:05:45

eBay Assault on Auctions Continues

By: Ina Steiner

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eBay continues to discourage sellers from listing items in the auction format. The latest move came on Tuesday when eBay doubled the fee for listing auctions for Australian storeowners, aside from collectibles categories.

eBay told Australian sellers, "The auction insertion fees used to be $1.50 for items under $1.00 and $3.50 for items over $100. We have worked hard to streamline the pricing structure of auctions for our store sellers so that there is one rather than two prices, especially for categories that convert better using the Buy It Now function." Beginning next month, eBay Australia sellers with Stores will pay $3 to list non-collectibles in the auction format.

Update: Excuse the typo in the above paragraph copied directly from the eBay FAQs. It should read, "The auction insertion fees used to be $1.50 for items under $100 and $3.50 for items over $100." Thanks to the alert reader for pointing that out (you might wish to inform eBay as well so it can fix its FAQ.) 

Former eBay CEO John Donahoe openly set out to decrease the percentage of auction listings on the eBay marketplace, and succeeded. Current CEO Devin Wenig has not made such declarations, but the focus on new, commodity items continues. Yesterday, eBay tweeted, "#DidYouKnow 81% of items sold on eBay are new?"

Why not let sellers list in their own preferred format without using fees to dissuade them?




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by: Volvo351 This user has validated their user name.

Tue Jan 10 20:40:42 2017

$3 just to LIST a freakin' item? Thank Gawd that for the moment, this utter rip-off isn't affecting US sellers; when that day comes, you can not only pronounce that site officially dead, you can bury it. I currently have 48 Unsold Items. Most are unique, price-leaders, or BOTH. But eBay isn't moving merchandise. With those fees, they won't have to, as long as suckers are willing to throw their money away on worthless listings.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ming the Merciless

Tue Jan 10 20:43:49 2017

This begs a the larger question which is why not return to a genuinely level playing field and let sellers run their businesses as we see fit with REASONABLE fees?

Get out of my business, ebafia!

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ming the Merciless

Tue Jan 10 23:09:18 2017

Not quite as bad it seems. One Aussie dollar equals about US.74 cents or about US$2.21.

But still waaay to much.

Is The Devil preparing his own Golden Parachute?

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by: dans parts This user has validated their user name.

Tue Jan 10 23:09:40 2017

Let's see. $1.50 AUD is currently about $1.11 USD.

$3.00 AUD is about $2.21 USD.

I can't imagine listing anything UNDER $1.00 (.74 US),and spending $1.11 to list it.  Talk about financial suicide.

And now they're going to want $2.21 to list at any starting price?

And WITH A STORE????

Well, that's surely the way to kill auctions - price them to absurd levels.

I just hope the US site holds at least reasonably steady for the next couple years, until I can retire.  I'm about 2-3 years away.

My items are non-commodity, and absolutely REQUIRE the auction format.  If that kind of price increase hits here, I'm toast.  Cardboard box, here I come.

Still have never understood the course to be a "sub-prime" (pun intended) Amazon that eBay's been on since Donuthole took over.  It's been years and years, and STILL is not successful, and obviously so.

Remember one of the definitions of insanity: doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different result...

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by: Whatever This user has validated their user name.

Wed Jan 11 00:26:40 2017

there's a really quick way to fix that (did I say I hate auctions?) You know those 500 free auctions you give me every month? you know the one's I never use because I hate auctions - make them GTC and I'll just keep listing. I just opened my 2nd store because there's nothing in between premium and anchor. If I list 10 items a day - which I do - at that rate it would take me 3+ years to get to the 10,000 listing limit on anchor - meanwhile I'm paying 5x"s the store fee just to get there? Not  Worse thing they ever did was eliminate the tier between the 2 stores.

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Wed Jan 11 00:31:13 2017

$2.21 to list an auction, even this eBay cheerleader has his limits!

The .20 cents I pay for an extra category is enough.

Between the USPS & eBay it's a run for your money!

Just think, at one time I was 100% auctions.

Listed between 50-100 items each week and had 100% sell thru's almost every week.

I'm all fixed price just what Donahoe wanted. . .

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by: Aahz This user has validated their user name.

Wed Jan 11 00:33:23 2017

SOOOO much wrong with this "article".

1) "The latest move came on Tuesday when eBay doubled the fee for listing auctions for Australian storeowners, aside from collectibles categories."

While they doubled the fees for items starting at less than $100, they lowered it for items starting at $100+

2) eBay told Australian sellers, "The auction insertion fees used to be $1.50 for items under $1.00 and $3.50 for items over $100."

Proofreading is your friend, decimals clearly are not.  
Should read "$1.50 for items under $100"

3) It's not an "assault on auctions".  Insertion fees on auctions by non-store subscribers are not changing.

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by: gec2002 This user has validated their user name.

Wed Jan 11 01:05:08 2017

I am an Australian seller.  The Auction fee increase was only a small part of it.
Come 14th February store subscription fees go up.

Basic up to AU$24.95 (19.95) Offset by 600 Free listings (current 200)

Featured AU$54.95 ($49.95) Offset by 1500 Free listings (current 500)

Anchor (Make sure you are sitting down before reading) AU$549.95

Featured and Anchor stores will have slightly higher FVF fees at all levels and tiers eg Tier 1 7.2% FVF up from 7.0%

As per usual with eBay the devil is in the detail

The cap on Final Value Fees per item will increase from AU$250 to AU$400

Auction Insertion Fees (not within the collectibles category) will be $3 regardless of the start price for store subscribers.

And remember we lucky Aussies don't get the Top Rated Seller 20% Discount just all the BS that goes with it, and the chance to be (cough, cough) higher in the listings.

Stone the crows cobber!

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by: papertrail This user has validated their user name.

Wed Jan 11 02:04:32 2017

I am an Aussie seller.

For some time now Ebay AU's love affair has been growing with the bigger corporate brand name stores in Australia and their fixed price listings. Deals from these big store brand names have been strongly promotions on Ebay's front page for months and months now - there is no indication that Ebay is a platform for small and mid range sellers or, even, God forbid, auctions, especially of second hand items!

Ebay AU is currently running a promotion whereas when you search to buy an item, a banner comes up "Buy from Aussie Sellers" with an option to click and thereby hopefully bypass the items located overseas, especially the tidal wave of cheap junk from China that threatens to drown all of Australia.

It was brought to Ebay AUs attention recently that this option "Buy from Aussie Sellers" totally excluded any second hand or pre owned item, effectively excluding any item available from an Aussie Ebay seller that wasn't brand new. Search for "second hand" anything and all that Ebay AU gave you as available were brand new items. Search for "vintage" or "antique" whatever from sellers in Australia- EbayAU showed you only all brand new items that had the word vintage or antique in the title. What a farce. When it was brought to Ebay AU's attention, they were aghast and quickly set about to fix it, which took about a week.

But the problem, which ran for weeks and weeks, if not months - shows just how out of touch Ebay AU execs are with their own platform and its users.

Australia is a very small marketplace. Ebay AU currently has the market tied up as far as auctions go. To make it $3.00 AU to list auctions for an Aussie Ebay store holder (unless in the collectibles category) will drive auctions from store holders off the platform. One wonders why a company would willingly throw away their monopoly holding?  

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by: papertrail This user has validated their user name.

Wed Jan 11 02:10:21 2017

in reply to Aahz

1) seriously, how many store holders would start an auction over $100? Very few - makes the saving a non event.

3) non store subscribers have 40 free auctions a month, if they want more, they pay $3.00 for the 41st and any thereafter in that month. Unless of course, they are one of the very few sellers that would start an auction over $100 and then it will cost them only $1.50 for the pleasure.

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by: Chicago48 This user has validated their user name.

Wed Jan 11 02:29:36 2017

Higher fees are coming from everywhere:  FBA-AMZ, Tradesy, Half.com.  I'm surprised EB hasn't raised the fees yet for its sellers -- but it's coming.

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by: Baubles This user has validated their user name.

Wed Jan 11 07:52:52 2017

Is this Ebay's way of trying to eliminate all that junk from China clogging up the site?  It might not make much business sense for a Chinese seller to list thousands of .99 cents + free shipping items anymore.

Although, my guess is the Chinses sellers will just move their items into collectibles now.  After all, who is to say that lot of 1 million rubber bands for .99 cents isn't a true collectible.  (lol).

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Wed Jan 11 08:24:49 2017

Another day, another eBay mess!

Sigh .... John (the Don) Donahue needs a higher take, so a call goes out to the head of the eBay AU family (Hal Lawtons words that they are a family (not mine)) to increase the kick up, pure and simple.

Have the button men collect more in fees ... OR ELSE ....

Am I watching the Sopprano's or engaging in ecommerce?  

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by: FeelingFroggy This user has validated their user name.

Wed Jan 11 09:03:52 2017

Auctions...What is an auction on Ebay.....Ah yes thats the listing that starts at .01 with 50.00 shipping. No time for auction ripoffs like that.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Wed Jan 11 09:53:52 2017

I'd be willing to bet money that new listings, especially those with a UPC or EAN get much more visibility than used items do. And it goes without saying that the enterprise sellers have the highest amount of visibility.

The level of manipulation by this company never ceases to amaze me.   For most small sellers, it is virtually impossible to grow one's business.

As for auctions, I don't waste my time on them anymore and I haven't for years. Donahoe took the wind out of the sales of auctions years ago.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Wed Jan 11 09:55:54 2017

Chicago48, still free on eCrater.  :)

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by: epuise This user has validated their user name.

Wed Jan 11 12:53:51 2017

Unless you list for 99 cents, effectively giving the item away, NEW repeatable commodity items generally do BETTER in FP and FP w/ B/O. eBay has all the data. There is NO reason to list a $24.99 item auction that SELLS consistently at no more than $25.00 - waste of band-with, gluts the search.

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by: lurkulator This user has validated their user name.

Wed Jan 11 16:11:17 2017

Huh.

I'm currently listing a bunch of items using the 500 free auction listings promo eBay tossed my way (same last month).

Looks like the usual split-personality eBay behavior.

With a 5% sell through rate in general it doesn't really matter anyway.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Don Wagner

Wed Jan 11 16:11:50 2017

eBay is what it is. I don't see things ever getting better with them. 10% of my sales in 2016 were on Facebook. When you figure in NO EBAY FEES, then profit margin skyrocketed there. Nice forums with focused collectors - purveyors of Chinese fakes get a quick unceremonious boot.  

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by: mindelec This user has validated their user name.

Wed Jan 11 21:06:21 2017

"Basic up to AU$24.95 (19.95) Offset by 600 Free listings (current 200)

Featured AU$54.95 ($49.95) Offset by 1500 Free listings (current 500)"

Wow, not only are aussie subcriptions cheaper, you get a heck of a lot more free listings

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