EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2500 - March 16, 2011     1 of 3

eBay Clarifies New Policy Regarding FVF Fees on Shipping

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eBay posted an announcement in the Discussion Boards yesterday afternoon to clarify one of its new Spring Seller Release policies. eBay told sellers it would begin calculating Final Value Fees (FVFs) on the total price buyers pay at checkout, less any sales tax. Currently eBay charges FVFs on the selling price, not including Shipping and Handling or other charges.

eBay clarified, "The Final Value Fee will now be charged on the total that the buyer paid at checkout less any sales tax - except if the buyer selects 1-day or International shipping."

If a 1-day service is selected by the buyer, the least expensive of either the 1-day service or the first domestic shipping service offered other than 1-day will be used to calculate Final Value Fees. And the same goes for international shipping services. If an International service is selected by the buyer, the least expensive of either the International service or the first domestic shipping service offered other than 1-day will be used to calculate Final Value Fees.

eBay will be taking questions about the 2011 Spring Seller Update on a special discussion board on March 16th (9:00 am to 3:00 pm Pacific Time). An eBay representative has also answered some questions on the AuctionBytes Blog.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.


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