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Wed May 28 2014 12:08:08

eBay Charges for Ending Auction Listing without Bids

By: Reader

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Dear Ina,
I still drive around this country selling at flea markets and shows. I also list less than 20 items a month on eBay. I'm a TRS with 100% positive feedbacks.

I sold a dish today (off eBay) that had sat on eBay for 2 months. So I just went in to end it and up came a message saying I might be charged a fee to end a listing if I ended more than 1 other item this calendar year.

I had to end the eBay listing because I sold it myself. I didn't bother to see what fee would be charged, cause I don't care.

I guess I will be listing even less than the 15 items a month I'm listing now. Funny watching eBay squirming to grab every last penny they can steal from anyone.

Totally surprised eBay keeps finding ways to surprise me.
H.

From the Editor: eBay put in place a policy in 2012 that it would charge a fee to sellers who ended auction listings early once they received a bid. However, this seller said the listing he ended did not have any bids on it.




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This user has validated their user name. by: Anonymous Annie

Wed May 28 12:41:05 2014

When it comes to eBay, nothing they do shocks or surprises me any more.

No new policy, no policy-reversal, no new requirement, no new prohibition, no new fee, no glitch, no rip-off, no scam, no new matrix, no new penalty, no new formula, no new security breach... nothing, nothing shocks me any more.

This my dear friends is the ''new-normal'' at eBay, and nothing we say or do is likely to change it.

At best, we can vent here and offer/receive advice on how to cope with (or avoid) all the new hazards.

Of course, doing so accomplishes no *changes* or reforms or improvements at eBay, but at least it keeps ordinary folks like us from feeling isolated and going nuts. We can vent our anger and frustration and (hopefully) let go of the feelings of resentment and betrayal.

Plus... it's a great way to warn others of the pitfalls, traps and risks of selling at eBay.

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This user has validated their user name. by: WOODJUNGLE! ON EBAY

Wed May 28 13:46:29 2014

What sort of fee? That's a new one to me. Are you sure about that one?

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Wed May 28 14:21:43 2014

This was a policy put in place ab out 2 years ago.  To many sellers were ending listings that had bids on them.  Most likely because they weren't fetching the price the seller wanted for them.

Ebay doesn't charge you a fee if there is NO bid on the item.  And they will allow you one per year as the OP stated.  But beyond that, if you end a listing that has a bid on it, you will be charged the FVF.

But if you are ending listings that have NO bids on them, you are NOT charged anything.

So chances are most sellers don't run into these problems.  Which is why they didn't know or have forgotten that Ebay placed this policy in place a couple years ago.

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This user has validated their user name. by: WOODJUNGLE! ON EBAY

Wed May 28 14:27:22 2014

She didn't say it was an auction. She made it sound like it was a fixed priced item that was just sitting there for a couple months. That's a different story.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Basset

Wed May 28 14:30:09 2014

I remember that too, Marie.

This is not a new policy. I cant remember exactly when it was announced but Marie's time frame sounds about right.

There was a discussion here on this site. I think buyers were complaining about items ending   prematurely.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Wed May 28 14:31:51 2014

Yes, it really isn't a big deal.  One of the few times that Ebay introduces a policy and we don't need to scream and pull our hair out.  For most responsible sellers this is really a non issue.

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This user has validated their user name. by: windsorbear

Wed May 28 15:04:02 2014

It IS a big deal if the seller is charged for ending items early that have NO BIDS on them.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Wed May 28 15:40:09 2014

@windsorbear

As was stated earlier.  There is NO fee if you end a listing that has NO bids.  Therefore it should not be an issue for most sellers.

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This user has validated their user name. by: windsorbear

Wed May 28 15:47:21 2014

Marie, from the context of the posting by the OP, it would seem to indicate that his canceled listing had NO bids.  Thus the title of this is "eBay Charges for Ending Auction Listing without Bids".

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Wed May 28 15:53:59 2014

You just need to look a little closer at what was stated.  The message the OP got is just a standard canned message everyone gets that ends an auction.  As the OP stated it says "a message saying I MIGHT be charged a fee to end a listing"  The word "might" being the one to consider here.

Part of the actual policy reads:  Ending an auction-style listing early once it has received a bid can lead to disappointed and frustrated buyers who may be less likely to bid on listings the next time around, so you may be charged a fee if you end a listing early. This fee is equal to the final value fee (not including shipping charges) you would have paid if the listing had ended on its own and sold for the highest bid received when you ended the listing.

I'm honestly not sure why the concern in regards to this policy.  Unless you are a seller that frequently cancels bids and ends auctions.  Or am I missing something here.

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This user has validated their user name. by: iheartjacksparrow

Wed May 28 16:18:57 2014

I agree with Woodjungle that the OP was not referring to an auction. "H" states that the dish "sat on eBay for 2 months." I've never heard of a item that was in an auction format for a duration of two months. Who would wait two months to find out if they won an item? Perhaps eBay is now generating a warning e-mail every time a seller ends a listing no matter the format. But that seems really dumb (nothing new for eBay) if someone has a store and decides to end a listing.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Wed May 28 16:23:12 2014

I end BIN or GTC listings all the time.  Never once with a fee.  All you and wood need to do is read the policy that is linked above.  Ina provided it at the bottom of the letter.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Anonymous Annie

Wed May 28 16:30:02 2014

----- ''Perhaps eBay is now generating a warning e-mail every time a seller ends a listing no matter the format.''

This appears to be the most logical reason. It wouldn't be the first time that eBay had sent out an email message in error.

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by: HarmonyGroveAntiques This user has validated their user name.
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Wed May 28 16:45:54 2014

We cancel eBay auctions all the time. As long as the auction has no bids, we get the Warning from eBay that there could be charges but we have never been charged a fee.

Thankfully, most of our eBay listing cancellations are from selling the item elsewhere - Usually on Etsy! Love those Lower Fees and no DSR BS! More money and less stress.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Wed May 28 17:17:07 2014

@annie

It is the same warning.  And it is a warning on screen, not a separate email.

I understand that many want to see something evil in anything that Ebay does.  They have pretty much trained us to view things that way.  So when we run across something that is a non issue, it is hard to accept.

But unless all sellers were sleeping for the past couple years, I can pretty much guarantee you if sellers were being charged to simple close a listing, we could have heard a whole lot about it.

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This user has validated their user name. by: eBoy

Wed May 28 17:22:19 2014

Though I normally do just Fixed Price listings, I have ended a few auction style listings in the past few months. None resulted in any warnings or fees. I wish eBay would institute a rule on whatever and then stick to it and apply it universally so we all would know where we stand.

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This user has validated their user name. by: iheartjacksparrow

Wed May 28 20:43:53 2014

Marie states: "I understand that many want to see something evil in anything that Ebay does."

When was the last time eBay did something that wasn't evil? You can start in February 2008 and work forward.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: Puck

Wed May 28 23:24:20 2014

eBay is working on a plan to send representatives to sellers' homes to physically remove the food from their children's mouths and the shoes from their feet.

It will be marketed as Project Golden Rule.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Anonymous Annie

Thu May 29 05:41:30 2014

''But unless all sellers were sleeping for the past couple years, I can pretty much guarantee you if sellers were being charged to simple close a listing, we could have heard a whole lot about it.''

I'm thinking you're correct. If the OP's listing was a BIN, then this was either a message sent in error, or a generic warning that goes out, or the OP was mistaken (or the LTTE didn't make it clear what type of listing it was.)

There's NO way this would have flown under the radar if others have been charged for cancelled BIN listings.

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by: Gina This user has validated their user name.

Thu May 29 12:51:36 2014

Was this within the period of time which ebay gave us to cancel listings without penalty because of their getting hacked?

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