eBay will charge sellers a 10% fee on postage from 4th of September 2013!
I thought that I would write a guide notifying you that as from the 4th of September 2013 eBay will charge a 10% fee on a sellers postage.
If you are reading this guide then the chances are you have only just discovered this and like myself aren't too happy about this change either.
With the current economic recession this is a bad decision for eBay and timing could not be worse.
Postage is a service and is not for goods and should not have an additional 10% fee on top and is inconsiderate.
The result of this extra fee will be sellers charging the maximum postage allowed for that catagory of goods and the item or items being sent by the cheapest method available (second class or standard parcels).
Packaging will also suffer too as a result and goods will be less well packaged to keep a sellers postage costs down to a minimum.
This will inevitably see more items arriving damaged and more 'items not as described' disputes and more unhappy buyers!
Whoever has thought of this additional 10% fee has not thought this through properly at all.
This is a real kick in the teeth for small private sellers and will not affect the big sellers who offer free p&p on their auctions (or affect cash on collection items).
Purely a money grabbing exercise for eBay which has not considered the impact it will have in the long term.
Revenue will go up in the short term but I predict it will go down in the long term.
This is the worst decision eBay have made since they chose to increase the final value fee from 5.25% up to 10%.
eBay should be decreasing fees and not increasing them if they want to generate more revenue in the long term and win more buyers and sellers to the site!
Not charging anything at all for relisting unsold items would be a welcome change as relisting fees are crippling sellers.
eBay make money on the listing fee, auction extras (subtitle etc), the final value fee, Paypal fees and now also on the postage fee!
I do not know of any other company or site who charge sellers a fee on postage and packaging.
If eBay could charge for us to breathe air while using their site then I believe that they would!
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*** JUNE 2014 UPDATE ***
On a happier note eBay are now allowing some auction items to be re-listed for 1 to 3 months for free.
You will need to tick the box at the bottom of the page just before submitting your listing.
The text next to the box says: 'Automatically relist this item 1 time (or up to 3 times) if it doesn't sell - it's free to relist. Final value fees apply.'
I have no idea what the criteria is and it applies to some of my auctions but not others.
Thank you eBay and this is a welcome change and is much appreciated as it is the re-listing fees for unsold items that are costing sellers alot of money.
eBay will charge a 10% fee on postage from 4th of September 2013!
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7 November 2014
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