Where are the eBay free listing promos?

By Chris Dawson June 9, 2014 - 6:45 am

Here at Tamebay HQ we’ve been getting a ton of emails about eBay Free Listing Weekends, or rather the lack of them over the past few weeks.

The answer is we don’t know when the next one will be and eBay aren’t officially telling.

However we suspect that all marketing activity such as free listings promotions has been suspended following the announcement of the leaked personal data and eBay will restart them at some point in the future.

Many of those that have contacted us have surmised that now eBay give 20 free listings per month that they’ll no longer give free listings and complained that at 35p per listing they can’t afford to list items that may sell at 99p. If you’ve a lot to sell it may be worth considering a Basic eBay Shop Subscription for £19.99 per month which then gives you 100 free listings a month plus the advantage of being able to schedule for free. You can get a Basic eBay Shop if you’re a private seller.

Other than that it’s a case of selling products which justify the 35p listing fee or waiting until the next listing promotion appears.

You can check the on the eBay fees page.

  • JD
    4 years ago

    Your US cousins, ecommercebytes, are reporting up to 20,000 free listings for invited sellers on .com. These are auctions or auctions with buy it now.
    And of course .com makes no distinction between types of seller.

    I suspect that there may well be an offering for UK sellers within 10 days.

    • radroach
      4 years ago

      I would imagine they would be looking to boost the number of listings on the site, with the end of the quarter looming.

  • Alex
    4 years ago

    Yippee!!! No bad thing IMO.

    Frankly I never understood why anyone would bother selling a 99p item and free listings encourage it. If its actually worth anything then you will gladly pay the listing fee.

    99p merchants clutter the site trying to sell (most does not sell) the garbage from under the stairs, shed, garage, attic, etc. I also can not understand where they find the time. 99p?? Cmon…. Why bother?

    If you have a box of rubbish then be sensible and give it to your local council via the big black box with wheels outside your front door!!

    • 4 years ago

      Alex is working on the basis that ALL items initially listed at 99p sell for 99p. In actual fact some items listed at 99p go on to sell for tens of pounds or even hundreds of pounds(have a look at Motors many cars etc start off at 99p).

      Not so long ago we had one gentleman stating that Private Sellers(its always Private Sellers that seem to be critisised) list their items for unrealistically high prices. Now it looks as if Private Sellers are being critisised for selling items for such a low figure that they really are not worth listing.

      Surely initial price is a matter of individual policy. I can show you Trade sellers who list substantial numbers of items for 99p expecting them to be sold for much more. I can alsio show you Trade Sellers who list items for unrealistically high prices seeming to work on the basis that sometime somebody will pay over the odds.

    • Gary
      4 years ago

      Alex said most of the 99p garbage items do not sell, not that all items listed for 99p sell for 99p. I totally agree with Alex. 99p garbage plonked on ebay by chancers clutters ebay and ebay and genuine sellers of items with some value are better off without it.

      Good riddance free listing promos!

    • 4 years ago

      Don’t I remember something about one persons junk is anothers treasure. Who is actually qualified to say if this or that item is actually junk? It might be junk to you or me but it is possible indeed likely that somebody out there is desperate for it because either he knows its real value or perhaps it contains parts that could be used in something he owns to make it work again.

    • Alex
      4 years ago

      Chris, you may have misunderstood me.

      What I am saying is that a growing number of private sellers will only list their 99p items when there is a free listing promotion because they know that the item probably won’t sell, or if it does it will be for 99p or maybe a few pence more. Because they expect this theydon’t want to pay a listing fee. I know of at least two sellers clearing out old baby stuff, toys, brick-a-brack, crap, etc, who only list with free listing promo’s. They know it is anything but “treasure”.

      They are listing these item with little expectations but a lot of hope. They are hoping that they may get two bidders fighting for it, but even when they do the item ofton only goes up very slightly (£2 if VERY lucky, an occasional item may reach £5 or £6). A typical outcome of 20 free listings is: two or three sell for 99p, a couple of items each get a couple of bids raising the sale to maybe £2 each, and the other 15 don’t sell. For this reason they wish to avoid listing fees which would make the sale financially pointless. Sadly many of these items don’t even sell at 99p and this clutters up eBay with a lot of garbage.

      Lets face it, if you thought your item would realise a good price then you would not hesitate to pay the listing fee.

      Basically, eBay is being cluttered up by a load of cheapscates living in hope and in places it is looking more like a car boot sale than an eCommerce site!!

  • 4 years ago

    Thats all right but if you wait too long you will find that any or indeed all of your items sitting in Unsold have been wiped. Then you have to spend hours and hours relisting them. If ebay are waiting until all the chaos subsides the very least that they could do would be to extend the time that listings can sit in Unsold or institute some way that after being wiped they can still be retrieved without having to spend hours and hours having to relist each and every item individually.

  • paddy
    4 years ago

    I’d rather give an item away to charity than sell it for 99p. To me its just not worth the time or effort to sell for such a low amount.

  • 4 years ago

    There is another point about the 20 Free Listings per month. ebay does not seem to discriminate between the selling of 1 item on Auction or Fixed Price over 10 days with listing 5 or 10 items on Fixed Price over 30 days. So I must admit that I have been concentrating on items where I have multiples of in stock and to a certain degree it seems to work.

    • Gary
      4 years ago

      You have multiples of stock. Why are you faffing around as a private seller? Just put the whole lot up for sale as a business seller with a store and do it properly. Firstly you gain credibility with buyers when currently you have none. Secondly you benefit from a snowball effect as more listings mean more find you meaning higher sale levels at higher prices. Thirdly you only have to list once meaning less time leaning over a computer freeing up time for more pleasurable things. Ok you pay some listing fees but the overall benefits far outweigh this negative. If your believe your “stock” has a value of £5000 total say (a random value as an example) then surely you can afford £60 a month to list 1200 items for free? You will more than recover this out of the higher prices realised as a result of the increased credibility and visibility. List your £5000 of stock for £7000 and see what happens.

      Tell us why you cannot see this?

      Alternatively list on Amazon where listing is free and you only pay when you sell. Why use ebay at all? After all now that ebay charge fees on shipping the fees on Amazon are lower overall for small ticket items if that is what you believe you have.

    • tinker
      4 years ago

      private seller stock??????

  • rutherfordpaul
    4 years ago

    Let’s dispell a few myths here.

    (1) I’ve worked in a Charity Shop.
    I frequently donate to a Charity Shop.

    And I can tell you that (although their volunteers do absolutely great work) a lot of stuff get’s dumped.

    So don’t assume that the Charity Shop is an automatic repository for 99p items – they like to sell things for pounds, not pence!

    (2) eBay’s free listings are (were?) a valuable contribution to recycling.

    Recycling through re-use is (arguably) the preferred recycling method.

    (3) Unless the item is collected, there is almost no such thing as a 99p sale.
    E.g. I sell CD’s.

    I convert about 2 of every 100 (99p) listings into a sale.

    To save my buyer’s postage I ship without “jewel boxes”.

    My true shipping cost is £0.53 + £0.60 = £1.13 (I don’t charge for packing).

    Assuming I bought the CD for £0.99 and pay the 35p listing fee [using eCal] I make £0.30 on each sale while eBay make £0.83.

    HOWEVER, if only 2% sell I make a LOSS of £0.35 on each non seller.

    2 x £0.30 – 98 x £0.35 = minus £33.70 = my loss on every 100 paid for listings.

    So well done, eBay.

    By abandoning the 100 free 99p listings a month you have just made it impossible for me to sell CD’s.

    What a bunch of numpties you are.

    (4) I suggest that eBay look at their business like casino’s do.

    The casino knows they will take a % on their “handle” (i.e the total money bet).

    So they don’t essentially give a damn about the nature of the bets so long as the handle is their.

    And their %’s are usually independent of the size of the bet.

    eBay are actually better off.

    Their % increases the smaller the sale!

    Concluding (and in the absence of eBay’s costing data) they would do well to restore limited free listings – and might do even better by adopting eBid (an eBay alternative) listing policies.

    • 4 years ago

      You were doing splendidly until you said “Assuming I bought the CD for £0.99 and pay the 35p listing fee [using eCal] I make £0.30 on each sale while eBay make £0.83.”

      If you bought the CD to resell then you’re a business and shouldn’t be using free listings on a private eBay ID anyway.

      If you bought the CD to enjoy and now just want to resell to recoup some pocket money after having listened to it then it doesn’t really matter what it sells for as you’re not trying to make a profit and in fact should probably expect a loss anyway…

      I’m not saying free listings aren’t valuable for private sellers just wanting to unload unwanted possessions, just that you sound like you’re buying to sell in which case it’s a rubbish business model and you’d be better off buying different stock with a higher market value in the first place and you should have a business eBay ID to sell it on.

      Alternatively rather than buying different stock get a business ID with a Featured or Anchor shop with a ton of free listings and increase your stock and therefore your sales to justify the cost of your shop.

  • northumbrian
    4 years ago

    “So don’t assume that the Charity Shop is an automatic repository for 99p items – they like to sell things for pounds, not pence!”

    Never a truer word!

    Charity shops are not very charitable when it comes to pricing.
    the ordinary shopper is fair game

    • John
      4 years ago

      I would disagree strongly with that (ex charity Shop manager and volunteer here) , many of the charity shops here price things “as cheap as chips” so to speak.

      If you think the prices are high its because your going in one of the big five charity shops and they will try and rip you off.

    • 4 years ago

      These days more and more Shops that used to be selling New Things have closed and the Landlords have found a Charity to move in and open a Charity Shop. So much so that there are Highstreets that seem to be a combination of Charity Shop and Loan Shops. So most of us are used to seeing large numbers of Charity Shops.

      We could go into every Charity Shop although probably we soon realise that some Charity Shops prices are almost as high as New or indeed in some cases more expensive that New. However there are other Charity Shops where the prices are much more reasonable.

      Sometimes walking down a High Street I have casually been looking in the various Charity Shops and I have noticed something of interest. I go in and ask the price. At that point the usual rules start. Is this whatever actually worth whatever I am being quoted to me.

      Surely that is the same rule we each have to face when we look on ebay. There is an item which is listed at say £20.00. Do we think that it is worth £20.00. If not I say thank you, turn round and walk out of the shop. If however I think that it is worth say £30.00 perhaps I will buy it. Nobody is forcing me to buy.

      Over the years I have bought a few items in Charity Shops. Not I hasten to say Clothes because in my experience being 6 foot 4 with a 52 inch chest etc very few shops..New or Charity Shops have anything in my size and if they do it is just one item and that is usually quite appalling and something I would not be seen dead in.

      However I know a little about Books and just occasionally I take a look at a Charity Shops Book Shelves. Sometimes the prices marked for Secondhand are more, much more than I am selling the same Book but New, OK is might very well be a Remainder but a Remainder is just a New Book that the Publisher has sold off cheap to clear space in his Warehouse. It is still a New and Unread Book.

      With some prices that I have seen I wonder if they ever sell it. After all it was donated to the Charity Shop but they only benefit if they can sell it and if it is say twice what a Remaindered copy will sell for they are unlikely ever to sell it.

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