eBay UK Seller Release 2014: Fee changes
eBay have announced today, as part of the 22014 spring seller release a selection of changes to selling fees. To be honest, there is nothing gut-wrenchingly awful here and indeed a few things to like. All in all, the changes to fees this time around are minor compared to some past bombshells. All these changes will be applicable from the 15th April.
Changes applicable to all sellers:
Supersize now free
The Supersize picture option will be free. This feature allows a larger version of a picture to be displayed on the item page and buyers can zoom in to look at the details of the item. Listings will automatically use Supersize pictures if their pictures meet our picture standards.
Changes to feature fees
eBay will be upping the fees for adding a buy it now option to auction-style listings and for setting a reserve price.
For items with a reserve price over £50, the reserve fee will now be 3.5% up from 3% of the reserve price.
This table shows the changes for auction BIN fees:
Fees for early ended auctions
If a seller ends an auction which has already received bids early, they may be charged a fee equivalent to a final value fee. The fee will be calculated based on the item price when the auction is ended.
Changes that will affect business sellers only:
Changes to final value fees
In some Home & Garden and Sporting Goods categories we’re limiting final value fees to a maximum of £50 so fees will decrease for higher valued items above £500.
In some Home & Garden, Lifestyle and the Business & Industrial categories eBay UK will be increasing final value fees from 10% to 11%.
More details of exactly which categories can be found on the eBay announcements made. I’ll add the link when we get it.
Looks like a good clobbering for us on these changes. I’m told we’re currently only Above Standard and not TRS, so will lose discount and a further 1% increase.
So around a 30% increase in final value fees along with a potential of even lower sales.
That level playing field gets rockier each time they have “improvements”.
Its hard work to get and maintain TRS status but it pays off a lot if you can achieve it.