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eBay UK fee changes for August 2014

By Chris Dawson July 14, 2014 - 2:44 pm

eBay have announced some . The fee changes will affect all sellers on eBay, both business and private sellers.

Simpler fees for some optional listing upgrades

You’ll now just pay a flat rate fee, no matter which listing duration you choose (although unfortunately in some cases you’ll pay more, in others you’ll pay less). Of course if you never use listing enhancements these fee changes won’t affect you in the slightest.

Gallery Plus will now be £2.50 per listing

(Down from £2.85 for 30 day listings, up from £0.95 for short duration listings)

Gallery Plus gives larger images in search results, a magnifying glass and ‘Enlarge’ link, and if you have multiple images access to them all in search results. It’s free in some categories (e.g. clothes) so many sellers currently using it won’t be affected.

Adding Buy it now to auctions will now be £0.50 per listing

(Was: £0.99 – £4.99 £0.10; £5.00 – £14.99 £0.20; £15.00 – £24.99 £0.30; and over £25.00 50p)

Please remember that the Buy It Now disappears as soon as the first bid is placed.

Subtitle will now be £1.00 per listing

(Down from £1.05 for 30 day listings and up from £0.35 for short duration listings)

Subtitles aren’t quite as valuable as they used to be, for instance they don’t display on search results displayed in gallery view which some categories use as default. However they’re still pretty useful.

Listing designer will now be £0.30 per listing

(Up from 21p for 30 day listings and 7p for short duration listings)

eBay listing designer for Consumer ElectronicsNB Listing Designer is free and will remain so with some eBay tools (e.g. TurboLister).

I’m not a fan of eBay Listing Designer – the designs look like they’re stuck in 1990 and could seriously do with updating. For instance the image to the side shows the design recommended for Consumer Electronics products… if you think that would help sell your old Samsung Galaxy or iPhone then you’re a braver man than I!

Updated fee for setting a reserve price for your auctions

From 14 August, you’ll pay a 4% fee when you set a reserve price for your auction. This is a rise from the existing 3.5% fee (currently the minimum reserve is £50 capped at £150 per item and the cap will remain the same). I can’t see this upsetting too many people – most list with fixed price format but for those who still run their business with auctions…. Does anyone actually bother with reserves these days?

New policy around early ended auctions

You’ll be charged a fee if you end an auction with bids that’s been listed for over 24 hours. The final value fee will be based on the highest bid placed so far.

This will really impact sellers who sell their item off eBay during the course of the auction or who routinely cancel auctions if they feel the price they want won’t be achieved. If you have to cancel the odd auction for legitimate reasons you’ll have to pay, but that should be pretty rare so not too costly.

Edited to add: eBay have confirmed that, as above, if you’re currently getting a feature for free due to the category you list in or the eBay tools that you use it will remain free so long as you carry on meeting the category/tool requirements

This includes Gallery Plus which will remain free in Clothes, Shoes & Accessories, Home and Garden, motors and pets supplies categories. It also includes Listing Designer which will remain free for users of tools such as TurboLister.

  • DBL
    3 years ago

    Listing designer up to 30p … does this mean that they are going to provide some nice adaptive mobile description templates to go with the new mobile browser friendly shop front? Intrigued :-)

  • Linzi
    3 years ago

    I don’t pay for listing designer now. But I have no idea why not – is it free with shops? Selling Manager pro? (I don’t use turbolister so it’s not that)Does anyone know which things it comes free with and will remain free with?
    Otherwise I have a lot of listings to revise :(

    • JD
      3 years ago

      It is currently free with SMP. I have no idea whether or not that will continue.

    • 3 years ago

      If you’re not paying now then you won’t pay after the price change unless you stop using the eBay tool that’s currently getting it for free for you :-)

  • Linzi
    3 years ago

    Thanks guys it must be via my SMP and I couldn’t manage without it – so I can breathe a sigh of relief. Much appreciate the help

  • Jono
    3 years ago

    Do you know if the Gallery Plus will become chargeable in all categories? At the moment it’s free in certain categories like Clothing.

    Lots of confusion over this on the eBay forums.

    • 3 years ago

      No change to who pays, just how much you’ll pay if you do pay. Gallery Plus will still be free for certain categories as will Listing Designer for certain eBay tools.

    • Belle Lingerie
      3 years ago

      Ebay have confirmed to us today that Gallery Plus is not going to be free for any sellers. The fees are standard for ALL business sellers

    • Belle Lingerie
      3 years ago

      Had a chat with a lovely man at Ebay who has said that Clothes, Shoes and Accessories categories will NOT be affecfed by the fee changes due to the nature of the product, i.e customers need to be able to see the item they are purchasing in detail.

      So if you currently list and it is showing as free for you, this will remain free i.e. if you use Turbolister and it is free it will stay free.

      I have asked them if they can consider making a new announcement that is much more detailed as there have been 1000’s of sellers this morning stressing and updating listings that they can not amend or do not need to amend.

  • 3 years ago

    If we do not take off listing designer and gallery plus from our listings the fee hike will be £90,000 over the year. WOW.

    We thought we had worked this out wrong so we spoke with Ebay who confirmed that we were correct.

    • Belle Lingerie
      3 years ago

      Had a chat with a lovely man at Ebay who has said that Clothes, Shoes and Accessories categories will NOT be affecfed by the fee changes due to the nature of the product, i.e customers need to be able to see the item they are purchasing in detail.

      So if you currently list and it is showing as free for you, this will remain free i.e. if you use Turbolister and it is free it will stay free.

      I have asked them if they can consider making a new announcement that is much more detailed as there have been 1000’s of sellers this morning stressing and updating listings that they can not amend or do not need to amend.

    • Bjorn
      3 years ago

      As opposed to other categories where customers do NOT need to see the items in detail. Good logic there :)

  • Steve
    3 years ago

    I have just been through the ebay help pages; I cannot find any reference to categorgies being free – where do I find the list of Categories that support gallery plus as a free upgrade?

  • Tony C
    3 years ago

    I’m glad that sellers who routinely end auctions early are being clamped down on.

    Basically some people are using eBay as a free classified ads column; they get their buyers and then end early to complete their sales off eBay.

    This is simply unfair and for once I agree with what eBay are doing in this instance.

    • tinker
      3 years ago

      were not self important curtain twitchers
      ebay are big boys now ! if someone can take advantage of ebay bloody good luck to them

    • Tony C
      3 years ago

      Except that I was one of the people who was denied an opportunity to bid because the auction ended early. I know this because it was a ‘local pickup only’ and spoke to the seller in person.

    • tinker
      3 years ago

      thats the big problem with ebay buyers and bidders they think they own the goods just because they bid or want them,
      its about time sellers won a few ?

    • tinker
      3 years ago

      its also unfair being charged to end an auction due to a mistake half way thru an auction that has gained a high price

    • JD
      3 years ago

      Who else is there to be ‘punished’ other than the seller?

    • tinker
      3 years ago

      ebay policy makers could do with a good thrashing

  • MrLJ35
    3 years ago

    “New policy around early ended auctions”

    This is going to be difficult for those like myself who also list the same item on ebid or any other auction sites.

    • JohnC
      3 years ago

      Good! It’s a real nuisance to buyers when sellers list auctions that they may not allow to run to term.

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