Do You Feel Ebay Charges Too Much For Sellers???

@Lejandro (1530)
United States
September 14, 2008 11:26am CST
I've been selling on ebay for a bit of time now but I felt lately charges and fees have been going up... On average I probably pay $1-$3 dollars selling stuff below $50. I really feel that's too big a profit for the, roughly%5 of sale. And don't forget there's Paypal (which they also own!) fees too! Profit is really affected vy those. How could they manage to do those and still be very weel-used and prfitable? Thanks and happy mylotting!!!
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@vivapinay (232)
• Philippines
25 Sep 08
I totally agree with you. The fees in ebay and paypal are ridiculous. Its very expensive. That is sole reason why I stopped selling in ebay now. happy mylotting!
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@Lejandro (1530)
• United States
25 Sep 08
Yeah, it's really discouraging. I guess Ebay wants to get rid of the small business people like us and instead make it a place for real stores who has access to bulk pricing and discounts. People who can purchase items with $$$$$$$ at less than 50% market value... Thanks for dropping by and happy mylotting too!
@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
22 Sep 08
yes I do think so it's hard to compete and still pay for the fees I don't make much on Ebay most stuffs I sold there I did it to get rid of them I know I won't make any profit there especially with tight budget this year I can't afford opening an Ebay store to get lower listing fee I do mylot to earn money to cover ebay fee but that's about it, really not much of profit to talk about I am just glad to get rid of the items by selling them
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@Lejandro (1530)
• United States
23 Sep 08
Yes, it seems it's getting harder to gain profit off ebay today. I'd be only opening a store if I'm selling dozens of items. Thanks for your input!!!
@3cardmonte (5098)
14 Sep 08
Thats so weird, i was thinking the exact same thing earlier!! considering how many sellers they have they must be making an absolute fortune everyday!
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@Lejandro (1530)
• United States
14 Sep 08
Yes, just imagine with thousands of listings ending every second and earning $2 of each. Every second they earn $XX,XXX.XX. Thanks!
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@redfang (969)
15 Sep 08
Fee's on ebay are being increased with a puropse, They want ebay to become a shop not an auction site this meaning they want rid of all the small sellers ( who made the site what it is today ) in order to keep the big sellers who sell only on buy it now, if oyu notice the fee changes are helping the sellers who sell on mass with buy it nows, ebay claims this is to encourage smaller sellers to do the same but it's not, small hobby sellers do not sell 10 of this and 10 of that or 100 of this and 100 of that, they sell 1 because the majority are selling from their own personal items for one reason or other. Ebays big wigs at the top are ruining ebay and in the end it will become a waste land for retail items at retail prices which is not what the majority of buyers go on there for. If anyone remembers the world before ebay it was a world where carboots ruled and second hand shops thrived then ebay popped up and people found it easier to list on there than get up early on a sunday morning or even going mooching around a second hand shop, when ebay complete it's transition to a retail site another site will have to take over but they will need to be as good and as popular, until that time comes carboots will once again be heaving with buyers and sellers and second hand shops will once again become popular for mooching around. it really is a shame, the internets biggest web site with the most traffic and they are throwing it down the pan, what a shame.
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@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
14 Sep 08
I think they could reduce the fees quite a bit. I've noticed eBay isn't really as popular as it was a few years ago. If they charged less they could probably get more sellers and thus more items available again like in the past. I've noticed the fees on Half.com are pretty bad too. It's also owned by eBay.
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@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
15 Sep 08
Oh yes they do...and I don't like their latest announcement about sellers only being able to charge 4.00 for shipping. The average package costs more than that to ship so either you eat the loss or add the extra cost to the price of the item and ebay makes a higher % off your sale.
@redfang (969)
15 Sep 08
luckily for us here in the uk we have not got postage restrictions yet though i would not doubt that they are on the horizon shortly. Ebay just seem to be doing all they can to annoy their small sellers and all they can to help the dishonest buyers and the scam sellers, they don't police their own site they leave it up to lone vigilantes who happily go around looking for every little reason they can to report your listings it's just sad. Fee's just another line of greediness from ebay fat cats.