This would be the perfect time (hard times) for eBay to open the floodgates for free listings (hopefully my letter is "jumping the gun" and such is already in the works).
The more we sell, the more eBay makes, and this would help some voluntary shut-ins get a little comfort or sense of normalcy during these abnormal times by either listing (in hopes of getting sales) or buying (some like packages arriving in the mail to break up the monotony).
My personal philosophy (in relation to eBay) has always been, "if I make money, then you make money." I think eBay forgets that it is a lot of hard work creating and maintaining quality listings.
Who wants to pay front end fees in hard times? It only sends a seller's bottom line further in the risky wrong direction (towards a loss) rather than towards a rewarding profit. I operate on a rather small scale of around 1,000 listings. Free listings, as eBay is frequently accustom to giving, is a great way for eBay to continue to acknowledge and show appreciation for the time consuming, arduous work it takes to consistently produce good money-making listings (profits).
Many sellers do not survive the labor-intensive aspects of being a seller after just a few valuables around the house are sold and the honeymoon is over. If there ever was a broad win-win time for free listings, it is now, yet I see nothing so far.
The common sense trade off is this - we the "listers" will do the time-consuming, product-securing, listing-creating hard work, and you the platform-provider (eBay, etc.) can have your take when we get rewarded with sales. Hard times are upon us so please open all potential profit channels free of from taxation (fees).
I am considering using this "extra time" at home as an opportunity to either respond to free listings or to start migrating my listings to another platform for additional exposure. I have many listings that could be in front of potential buyers right now but instead sit dormant.
Who wants to pay front-end fees and then do a boatload of work while the economy is testing positive for Covid-19? Move the fees out of the way (reduces our risk) and watch favorable things happen for all (profits).