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 10:04:05 PM
As someone whose done a lot of buying and selling on Ebay (528 transactions), I have no problem with the feedback system. As a seller, I don't like high fees, and having to pay fees to both Paypal and Ebay. I've stopped selling things with a small amount of profit, because it's hardly worth it after the fees. As a buyer, their prices are usually higher than amazon - it's gotten to the point that I don't bother checking Ebay anymore.
RE: F%ck eBay/PayPal
3/21/2013 10:32:12 AM
Then you're a categorical idiot.
The next time you sell something, look at the options you have for feedback. You can leave "Positive" feedback or "Neutral" feedback. You're not even given the option for "Negative" feedback.
And it's a massive stroke of luck you haven't been scammed by a fraudulent buyer yet. When you are, eBay will steal money from your PayPal account to give to the criminal without even notifying you, and possibly even suspend your accounts on top of that. And then the scammer will leave negative feedback for you just to be a d1ck, and you won't be able to do as much as even try to warn other potential sellers by leaving factual feedback on the issue.
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