lower ebay listing fees

@irisheyes (4375)
United States
February 25, 2010 1:30pm CST
I used to sell on eBay but when my book business on other sites got busy, I dropped away. With the auction and estate sale cancellations caused by two blizzards in a row and another starting today, I decided to stay in and list a few things on eBay again. For once I got a really pleasant surprise. NO INSERT FEES and FREE picture hosting. Last night I listed five items with 4-6 pics each for a grand total of $.35 (One was a Buy It Now) These listings would have cost me at least $8.00 a short while ago. How long has this been going on? I'm deinitely planning to put up more today. Gives me something to do besides look at snow and it's practically FREE.
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@missybal (4492)
• United States
25 Feb 10
I noticed they did it for me for a while I let me do a few free book listings and dvds and that then it kicked in with high fees again and I think the final value fees have gotton a lot worse over the past year however I don't list on ebay too often. It still seem outrageous the about they get out of me. Especially the paypal fees on top of final values, since they don't like you getting check or money order payments anymore.
@irisheyes (4375)
• United States
25 Feb 10
Yep, those costs really add up. Unfortunately, the book site fees are just as bad in the long run. However, I've found that I can get a lot more for books on Amazon and ABE than I do on eBay. It's fixed price but it's my price. I only like the fun and excitement of an auction when the surprise is a pleasant one. I don't mind giving a deal now and then but if I don't usually make a profit, I'm not a business, I'm a charity.
@missybal (4492)
• United States
25 Feb 10
I know what you mean, I go to rummage sales and library book sales to find books to sell but I'm afraid to not do an auction because I have been shocked several times at how much I got for a book when they go bid crazy. I have to start listing more again but I haven't had much luck selling much of anything lately. Mostly I'm selling my husband's textbooks as he gets finished with them lately.
@missybal (4492)
• United States
26 Feb 10
Yup... he is not allowed to put a mark on them...lol. I actually turn a profit on them. My husband is doing online college and his classes are only a month long one class at a time so they the books don't go down in price. I buy them off ebay or amazon depending on how good the price is and only look for like new no marks or new and I usually get my money back and sometimes I even get more off them than I paid for them. Mostly that is when I bought it off Amazon and then on ebay the same textbook is listed higher. Some people don't use anything but ebay so I list it the same price I paid for it and it goes up higher than that. Mostly I try to go for the children's books at the library book sale because they are a quarter each. I usually get them sold online for $5-$30. I once found one book I bought for $1 and sold it for $60. I look for 1st Edition antique books and at times antique toys and games really sell well too. I need to get back on it this year.
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26 Feb 10
It's funny you should mention this. I haven't listed anything in years probably, but I listed a DVD this week and noticed it was free. I thought maybe it was some sort of incentive to get me to sell more.
@irisheyes (4375)
• United States
28 Feb 10
I think old eBay has finally started to realize that they need sellers too. Anyway, it was about what another person on this thread it would be, I got five free listings. I'm hoping he was right and we get five every month because I plan to list a few where the opening bid is high on Monday so it will go into March. Those listings have an insert fee of at least $3.00. Actually, I think they sent me something about free auction style listings in March. Oh boy, I'm hot to trot here! lol
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@charles63 (146)
• United States
26 Feb 10
Your insertion fees were so low because eBay has made the first five insertion fees free (auction-style listings only) in any 30-day period. Any more listings that you make within 30 days of your first listing will be charged at the full rate. You can find more details in eBays help files. Navigate to "Selling & seller fees Seller fees & invoices Fees for selling on eBay Insertion fees" for more details.
@irisheyes (4375)
• United States
26 Feb 10
Yes, I caught on to that. I'm hoping that 30 day period starts at the beggiing of eavey month since I don't intend to list more than ten things this time. (Too hard to wrap them all at approximately the same time and ship them) Still it's nice. The free pictures are also new and the timing for me couldn't be better. I have windows 7 on this computer and I cannot (at lest not easily) access my ftp space.
@newtalent (1114)
• United States
25 Feb 10
That's why I stopped selling on e-bay. I was paying people to take my stuff off my hands. I went to craigslist and that is a hit or miss at my price but at least I am not giving it away. I am going to have try again on e-bay and see what happens. PayPal is a killer to with the fees and the guarantees. The seller takes a big risk. Thanks for the heads up though.
@irisheyes (4375)
• United States
25 Feb 10
I've been starting things around the minimum amount I have to get for them. I never started anything lower than $9.99 and I would never chance putting anything of value up for $.99. They just let one person walk offf with the item and know they've cheapened the price so they can wait for the next one.
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
25 Feb 10
thats good news. i wonder if this is because ebay was loosing business? i find the fees pretty expensive and hate it when people list their items for one cent and then charge insane shipping fees. maybe this will put a stop to it??
@irisheyes (4375)
• United States
25 Feb 10
I think it probably does have a lot to do with lack of business. Still, they are not putting any limits on us. I listed one thing with a starting bid of $75.00 adn it was free. Ebay used to try to encourage sellers to list low but they don't seem to be doing that. They probably wised up to the fact that nobody was goito take a chance. I don't expect this to last but I'm sure going to take advantage of it while it's here. Probably the prices will come back in the Spring.
7 Mar 10
Periodically eBay offer free listing days, and you can take advantage of them when they are available. You need to keep up with the eBay notices, they will give you advance notice of the free days