EBay Announces Lower Final Value Fees to Combat Amazon
March 20, 2013 10:39 AM
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eBay cuts prices to woo more sellers
It appears that eBay is feeling the heat from competitors Amazon.com. Amazon has racked up a huge number of buyers and sellers thanks in part to the company's successful
service. EBay is still the most popular online auction site out there, but over the years has raised a significant amount of ire from sellers over their high fees and practices at both its auction site and its PayPal payment portal.
As a result, eBay has announced that it's lowering its fees for sellers by simplifying its final value fees with a percentage fee levied on each item sold that varies depending on product category. As it stands now these final value fees are a percentage of the items selling price. The online auction giant has also announced that some of its listing fees will also be eliminated with most changes taking effect on April 16.
"For most of our sellers the complexity of our fees were keeping them from being on eBay and preventing them from having full transparency into their profitability from selling on eBay," said Michael Jones, vice president of merchant development.
Sellers who list fewer than 12,250 items during any given month will see lower fees according to ChannelAdvisor CEO Scot Wingo.
Under eBay's new plans, sellers will get 50 free item listings per month and if the item sells, eBay will take 10% of the sale price, which still seems rather high. High-volume sellers will see new final value fees that range from 4% to 9% depending on the product category.
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RE: F%ck eBay/PayPal
3/20/2013 4:41:16 PM
I still would put Apple and Google out there as being more evil. You can always sell stuff online via other outlets--even if not an auction.
RE: F%ck eBay/PayPal
3/21/2013 10:22:54 AM
Nope. eBay/PayPal has a monopoly on online auctions. No other online auction service is even vaguely credible.
You can easily avoid Google and Apple and get equivalent, or better, products and services elsewhere that provide exactly the same functionality with no penalty.
...and no, Craigslist isn't an actual alternative...it's not an auction site for one thing, and for another - well, there's a reason why Craigslist has an F rating with the BBB. Not kidding. Go look.
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