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Sun May 25 2014 09:02:32

Seller Says eBay Auction Fee Change Hurts His Sales

By: Reader

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Dear Ina,
This is getting rather ridiculous...  Now that eBay is making sellers use auction listings, I have seen a drop in overall buyers.  I also have noted that views on these items are also down. 

Also to be noted is that even though you get Auction + Buy It Now for free, this is true, until you want to list it for 10 days, then its not free anymore.  I only found this out because when I was listing something and had to use the auction format, my total fees at first were $0.00, but when I selected 10 day duration period, I noticed my fee went from $0.00 to $0.40.

What gets me the most on this, is WHY are they charging, when they state its FREE???  I had to drop my days down to 7 and the $0.40 fee went back to $0.00.

I am also now seeing eBay telling me to "List this as an auction and your item will be seen by more people".  I used to use auctions, but I sell tons more by listing them as BIN with free shipping.

I'm out of words for this... eBay is really starting to kill my sales (again)..
Thanks
Jeff B.

Note from the Editor: eBay charges 40 cents to add a 10-day duration to an auction listing.




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Seller Says eBay Auction Fee Change Hurts His Sale   Seller Says eBay Auction Fee Change Hurts His Sale

by: sasikat9 This user has validated their user name.

Sun May 25 14:03:43 2014

Been that way for years. People need to learn to read the fee schedules.

Seller Says eBay Auction Fee Change Hurts His Sale   Seller Says eBay Auction Fee Change Hurts His Sale

This user has validated their user name. by: Philip Cohen
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Sun May 25 18:05:21 2014

Yeah, what a dope; every experienced eBay seller knows by now that whenever eBay makes an offer you always have to read all twenty-seven pages of the fine print to find out what they are actually offering, if anything ...

eBay Inc, where the incompetent mingle with the malevolent [and the criminal] ... http://bit.ly/11F2eas

Seller Says eBay Auction Fee Change Hurts His Sale   Seller Says eBay Auction Fee Change Hurts His Sale

This user has validated their user name. by: Ina

Sun May 25 18:18:10 2014

The point I believe the seller was making is that there are no more 50 free fixed price listings for non-Store owners (that's new this month), so if they wanted to run a 10-day listing, it's not free anymore because eBay charges 40 cents for 10-day duration for auction listings.

Seller Says eBay Auction Fee Change Hurts His Sale   Seller Says eBay Auction Fee Change Hurts His Sale

This user has validated their user name. by: Philip Cohen

Sun May 25 20:37:01 2014

I did not mean to be disrespectful; it's just that eBay users should know that they have to look carefully under every "shell" to understand what type of "pea" eBay is offering for "free" ...

Seller Says eBay Auction Fee Change Hurts His Sale   Seller Says eBay Auction Fee Change Hurts His Sale

This user has validated their user name. by: windsorbear

Sun May 25 21:18:07 2014

It's a pain... I have comic books that I usually list each month as "Buy It Now" for "free" using the 50 free monthly listings.  But now, the "Collectibles" category (that comics fall under) is one of the categories that is now longer "free" for monthly "Buy It Now" listings; so I will either have to list them as auctions, or not list them at all.

Seller Says eBay Auction Fee Change Hurts His Sale   Seller Says eBay Auction Fee Change Hurts His Sale

by: ConnecticutGal This user has validated their user name.

Sun May 25 23:36:42 2014

Not only are 10-day listings not included in the "new" free auction-style listings, but scheduled listings are no longer free.  The fees for these scheduled listings are not shown when creating a listing, either, although a message pops up telling you that they cost extra.  Waiting to see if they are on the monthly invoice.  And this, after all the hoopla about "now, get free scheduled listings" just a couple of months ago.  It's more cost effective to run a 30-day fixed price listing with a Best Offer.  Seems like this new push for auction listings might just backfire.

Seller Says eBay Auction Fee Change Hurts His Sale   Seller Says eBay Auction Fee Change Hurts His Sale

by: Tiffee Jasso This user has validated their user name.

Mon May 26 00:38:16 2014

Books are totally wiped out of the new listing selections by Ebay. You do have to wonder if they are so far ahead of Amazon on book sales, they can afford to drop half of their listings in that category?

Seller Says eBay Auction Fee Change Hurts His Sale   Seller Says eBay Auction Fee Change Hurts His Sale

by: JT&A This user has validated their user name.

Mon May 26 04:07:31 2014

Whatever ''problem'' eBay tries to ''fix'' ends up to be more broken than it was. Maybe it sounds mean...but,I really hope that it all backfires on them. I'm personally so sick of trying to find ways around all the regs and dictators declaring new rules under the guise of ''great news, sellers''!, that I've stopped listing. It's been 3 weeks of ''eBay Detox''. I've been looking at other auction sites, but haven't found one that's a good fit, yet. I don't want to go from the ''frying pan into the fire'' lol.

Seller Says eBay Auction Fee Change Hurts His Sale   Seller Says eBay Auction Fee Change Hurts His Sale

This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Mon May 26 05:41:46 2014

I never understood why eBay were giving 50 free fixed price listings for non-Store owners when store owners were being charged for their "free" listings.  Then when the free listing promotions would come up sales would drop like a rock so that didn't accomplish anything but saturate eBay with an overabundance of listings.

Now, due to cassini burying or hiding listings altogether, a data breach which took 59 days to address, and Google's heavy hand, it's tumbleweeds in eBay land.

And management seem about as concerned and engaged in these matters as roadkill on a highway.  They've got a discussion board to revamp.

Seller Says eBay Auction Fee Change Hurts His Sale   Seller Says eBay Auction Fee Change Hurts His Sale

This user has validated their user name. by: Philip Cohen
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Mon May 26 06:09:27 2014

@Rexford, I suspect that "fee-free" listings are not primarily intended for those that are already locked in to selling on eBay; fee-free listings are intended only to attract new sellers that eBay would not otherwise have; indeed, ultimately, nothing is really "free" on eBay ...

Seller Says eBay Auction Fee Change Hurts His Sale   Seller Says eBay Auction Fee Change Hurts His Sale

by: RCL This user has validated their user name.

Mon May 26 07:32:29 2014

I have a store and get 500 free listings a month. It works well for me. For once no complaints :)

Seller Says eBay Auction Fee Change Hurts His Sale   Seller Says eBay Auction Fee Change Hurts His Sale

This user has validated their user name. by: Basset

Mon May 26 08:04:25 2014

I've wondered that, too, Rexford. It sure seemed to me like they were removing a major incentive to even have a store. Maybe that is why they were trying to sell the annual contracts.  

Seller Says eBay Auction Fee Change Hurts His Sale   Seller Says eBay Auction Fee Change Hurts His Sale

This user has validated their user name. by: windsorbear

Mon May 26 08:09:09 2014

As of today, I have no active listings on eBay.  This past week, I had 250 active listings.  One sold and was paid with a "Buy It Now", and two others were won at auction.. with neither buyer paying.  As of tomorrow, I will file reports for non-payment for both items.  And THAT is why I don't like using auction format anymore, and why eBay has pretty much become a waste of time for me.  The 100 free listings per month will do no good if auction buyers are not going to pay.  I think I will be much better off promoting the items I have on UniSquare... at least the items can sit there as long as necessary and it doesn't cost me a cent.  I use to complain about the lack of traffic and sales on the other sites, but now they are no worse than eBay.

Seller Says eBay Auction Fee Change Hurts His Sale   Seller Says eBay Auction Fee Change Hurts His Sale

by: blaumann This user has validated their user name.

Mon May 26 08:24:25 2014

Ebay just does not care about much of anytrhing. All of their serious competition do not charge up front listing fees at all.
I don't see where scheduled auction listings have a fee for scheduling again. Store items are charged to schedule.
 

Seller Says eBay Auction Fee Change Hurts His Sale   Seller Says eBay Auction Fee Change Hurts His Sale

by: FREDDY This user has validated their user name.

Mon May 26 09:57:54 2014

UniSqaure like others use Paypal. That equals ebay. Monies held and ridiculous buyer protection.  Sellers screwed again.

Seller Says eBay Auction Fee Change Hurts His Sale   Seller Says eBay Auction Fee Change Hurts His Sale

This user has validated their user name. by: Puck

Mon May 26 10:48:31 2014

''I did not mean to be disrespectful; it's just that eBay users should know that they have to look carefully under every ''shell'' to understand what type of ''pea'' eBay is offering for ''free'' ..''

@ Phillip:
There is a black widow spider under every eBay shell.

Seller Says eBay Auction Fee Change Hurts His Sale   Seller Says eBay Auction Fee Change Hurts His Sale

This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Mon May 26 14:04:59 2014

Windsorbear says " I use to complain about the lack of traffic and sales on the other sites, but now they are no worse than eBay."

Truer words were never spoken.  Who ever thought it would come to this?  eBay---the new Bonanza.   Thank you Donahoe.  Mission accomplished. Now break it up into small pieces and sell it off.  It's the Bain way.

Seller Says eBay Auction Fee Change Hurts His Sale   Seller Says eBay Auction Fee Change Hurts His Sale

by: Ebay's Slow Death This user has validated their user name.

Mon May 26 15:00:39 2014

@RCL

On one account, I had a Premium store, with the 500 free listings and TRS, and no problems. My sales kept decreasing. I went to a Basic store, and my sales are practically non-existent.

Last week I used the free auctions to list more, reduced the price of the auction, and used the old price for BIN. I sold two items at auction. The one the woman paid for yesterday, has a problem. She wants me to reduce my cheap shipping because she runs a charity. The other item hasn't been paid for after four days.

I agree, that it seems like sales have continued to decrease, and Buyers who do buy are a PIA.

My other account, where I sell postcards, is selling about a third of its usual daily total. Hope it is just because of the holiday weekend.

If they don't offer more free listing promotions, my postcard business will be gone. Sorry, I know some of you don't like free listing promos, but some businesses on Ebay depend upon them, because they need such large amounts of listings to sell anything.  Our business plans are all different, and what works for one, often doesn't work for someone else's.

I, for one, don't know how much longer Ebay will be worth listing for me. It is so much work, and it is getting pretty useless there.

If you aren't selling anything, how long are you willing to work for free?  I guess each of us needs to answer that in our own time. My time is coming soon.  

Seller Says eBay Auction Fee Change Hurts His Sale   Seller Says eBay Auction Fee Change Hurts His Sale

by: comet This user has validated their user name.

Mon May 26 15:47:21 2014

I had two whole sales on two different account---one was NOT paid for until I mentioned that the time was due for me to file a case at which time--maybe 12 hours later--it did get paid for.  One was paid for right away.  The Late paying bidder rcvd her lovely 60 year old vintage item and immed felt the need to file a SNAD.  And took great pleasure in leaving me NFB.  Why?  Allegedly the vintage item had been--used.  I did manage to get it back and of course all of the "flaws" were non-existent.  But--my rep has been trashed.  And they got to do this at MY expense!

On my other acct the paying buyer left snarky  neut FB about another item that was sold as USED that again---dared to be USED.  Gently used and at a fab price but--used.  

Ebay has bred this culture and I have to think that it will eventually be part of it's demise.  When the ONLY voice heard is the buyer who has been blinded by ebays bu!!sh!t  
and they are allowed--nay-encouraged--to say ANYTHING about the seller and a seller has NO recourse--

Well as a buyer I would NOT want to shop there.

 I would wonder at a place that sight unseen can offer--shove in ones face more like---that "Money back" deal on EVERY item.  When, say, LL Bean offers this---you presume that they have SEEN the items they are shipping.  Ditto the other major retailers.  So unless there is a damage that was NOT seen--you are pretty confident on ordering.  On ebay tho--they make such a BIG FREAKIN DEAL about how you get your money back---I am starting to wonder if this is not backfiring and driving OFF potential buyers.

Where to go where to GO

Seller Says eBay Auction Fee Change Hurts His Sale   Seller Says eBay Auction Fee Change Hurts His Sale

by: COH This user has validated their user name.

Mon May 26 20:38:00 2014

LOl - I just sold my first thing on Bonanza in over a year!  $5.00!  I'M RICH!!!!!

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