eBay UK: 20 free listings for Private Sellers per month now live
As we reported last month eBay will be changing some of the pricing for private sellers and those changes came into play today. You can read our piece on it from last month here and check out the official announcment here.
You can find the full details in the announcement, but the basics are that private sellers get 20 free listings per month (100 if you have a Shop) and after that it’s 35p a listing.
I see the merit in these changes: they are another step in greatly simplifying the fees structure, which used to be of byzantine complexity. And should meet the needs of most private sellers who trade as a hobby on the side. If you need much more thna these offers per month, I think you must be pretty close to trading as a business.
And don’t forget that eBay have also said they will still be holding regular fees promotions throughout the year despite the changes.
Correct me if I am wrong but don’t you have to be a business seller to have an eBay shop ?
In short NO. Anyone can get an Ebay shop.
I think the intention is to help those private individuals with lots of 2nd hand goods e.g. back issues of magazines that they wish to dispose of.
An Ebay shop is ideal for those private sellers, who are not trading i.e. buying to sell..
The short answer is no – private sellers can have a basic shop: though the expression “shop” is something of a misnomer in eBay land, it’s essentially a way of managing listings for a fixed monthly fee.
This is just another way by which Ebay are trying to make more profit. I normally sell between 50 and 100 items per month an all of my items (stamps) have a starting price of less than £1. They rarely sell for more then £2-£3 so by making the change from 100 free listings of less than £1 to only 20 listings at any price i will have to pay significantly more in listing fees than before. It must be remembered that Ebay was originally set up in order to provide private sellers to dispose of unwanted items at a reasonable price but now Ebay is only interested in its commercial customers from whom they can make more money.
You are right, eBay is about making more money.
Surely it would be better for you to wait for a free listing weekend.
As a private seller it is more convenient for me to sell a few items every so often rather than having to spend most of a weekend listing items when insertions are free.
The way round this to schedule listings for as far into the future as you can, doing them gradually at convenient times.
Then, during a free listing weekend amend them to start immediately – either all at once, in batches or even individually. You will then not be charged a scheduled listing fee, and will also benefit from the free listing offer.
Remember to check them every now and then; if they look in danger of starting on a scheduled basis then bulk revise them to start sometime in the distant future again.