eBay.com is raising eBay Store fees
eBay.com have also made a Spring Seller Release and it’s slightly different to the one we reported for the UK.
You can find the US announcement here with full details but the most significant aspect of it is definitely that the eBay Stores offering is changing and fees are going up. The new tariff can be found below and on this page.
Hal Lawton, Senior Vice President, Marketplaces North America runs through the changes stateside in a blog post and says: “We are on a journey – we’ve made solid progress on a number of key things you’ve asked for, but we know we still have a long way to go. The big hurdles that we’ve crossed and the feedback that we’ve gotten from you, our Community – both positive and negative – is the fuel that we use to keep moving forward.”
I just took a look at the release on ebay.com and wasn’t aware, at what seems to be, anchor stores in the US were limited to 2500 products as inclusive of your subscription.
The NEW subs increase takes it to 10,000.
I know that we are entitled to list 2500 products FREE on ebay.com which webinterpret does for us.
Does anyone know whether this change will mean we can list 10,000 products for free on ebay.com.
I think it’s important to show what the fees are currently to compare…
If they do anything remotely like that on UK Ebay it will be game over for many sellers of small items with large inventories.
Essentially its a massive fee hike, with the “advantage” of the dedicated customer service which they took away not so long back.
So you will be able to ring someone up at Ebay to complain that you aren’t make any money any more, whilst Ebay is getting richer.
Why would it be game over for UK sellers if .com type store benefits were replicted for the UK? The free listing for auction format and reduced final value fees surely would make stores more attractive rather than less? I wonder how many of these “large inventory” items are actually duplicate listings.
They’re already beginning to make .com and uk sites similar – look at the run of unlimited free listings given here, compared to the measly 100 per month until recently. That’s more in line with ebay.com’s strategy in the states, where mega quantities were given regularly.
Not everyone listing 100’s each month is a business selling new jeans, trainers etc – plenty of private sellers getting rid of a lifetime’s accumulation of old comic books, postcards etc could easily list hundreds….at the rate stuff is selling recently, it could take years to sell off a large collection.
The problem with ebay is that doing a one size fits all site doesn’t work well for many categories, and so even store benefits won’t always make it financially viable to pay the highish cost involved.