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100 Free eBay listings, max £1 selling fees for Business Sellers

By Chris Dawson April 20, 2020 - 12:56 pm

eBay are offering 100 free eBay listings with a capped final value fee of just £1 for invited business sellers to support them in listing more inventory on the site. If you are invited, you have a week to get the listings live but you have to activate the promotion first.

We would suggest that you use the promotion to list your most expensive stock on the site. There is no point having fees capped at £1 for an item selling for a tenner with 10% final value fees – use the promotion to list items that will sell for £100 or more if you can where you’d normally pay over £10 final value fees to see some real savings.

There have been complaints from Business Seller on eBay that the free eBay listings were all going to new businesses that had never sold on the site before, but now it’s your turn, so if you have an invitation make sure you use it. We’re hoping that if this initiative is successful and enough sellers add new inventory to the site which converts and generates sales that we’ll be seeing repeats of this free eBay listings offer – We know plenty of you business sellers will appreciate it and have in the past complained that this type of incentive was aimed at Private Sellers, but in this time of crisis eBay want to put support directly to businesses like yours.

Free eBay listings announcement

Hello business sellers,
 
As part of our ongoing efforts to support eBay businesses during these unprecedented times, we’re inviting established business sellers to take part in a 7-day listing promotion from 20 April.
 
We’re sending out invitations by email but you can also click the following link to see if you’re eligible to activate the promotion: Click here to activate your invitation
 
Simply activate the offer from the invitation or from the links in this post and start listing. There will be no listing fees on up to 100 items listed before 11.59 pm on the 26 April. Business sellers taking part will only pay a maximum of £1 Final value fees on each of those items sold within 30 days of listing.
 
eBay Listing Week promo is by invitation only and certain category restrictions as well as promotion Terms & Conditions will apply.

 
Your eBay Team

  • SAM
    4 months ago

    A welcomed surprise for once for Business sellers. Naturally I had just listed a bunch of more expensive stuff so that was all ended and relisted.
    It has been a very regular thing for private account for a long time now.
    As the are not giving proper estimates for post I have gone back to 24 hour and put a 3 day dispatch up so will lose TRS but of course shipping ASAP, so anything to save a couple of quid.

  • NorthCrystal
    4 months ago

    100 free listings???

    They’re treating those same way as UK Gov treats the PPE… Very precious things. Do not waste. Save Lives.

    Ohh, invited sellers only… what a joke. Our last eBay invoice is £2700 yet we’ve been not invited.

  • Sam Shipley
    4 months ago

    What about multi quantity listings ? do we know if they count, I cant seem to find any information regarding this.

    Either way, £1 max fees for business sellers is LONG overdue!

  • Jonah
    4 months ago

    Usual glitterati of eBay sellers invited no doubt, meanwhile in the real world the rest of us slog along paying thousands of pounds in EBay fees and receiving nothing in return. No selling offers, no real CS help and now no site visibility without paying for item promotion. A twenty year EBay customer- thanks – clearly I’m not worthy.

    • Alan Paterson
      4 months ago

      @ Jonah, I am always happy if i am paying thousands of pounds in ebay fees as it means that i have SOLD tens of thousands of merchandise.

      Isnt that the real reward? You claim ebay has no selling offers but this IS a selling offer – and a rather good one unless i am missing something.

  • Jonah
    4 months ago

    @Alan- quite right. But as ever- where is my selling offer? Why don’t I ever get the invite? Why wasn’t I ever invited to eBay concierge? It goes both ways.
    Good to see you posting again 😆

    • Alan Paterson
      4 months ago

      @ Jonah, sorry I understand now …….. you didnt get the selling offer from ebay.

      Ironically i got the offer on my shops that are inactive at present. Perhaps ebay have targeted accounts that have been inactive for a while in an attempt to get the seller off their arse. I spoke with some of my clients today and their seems to be a pattern. the more “inactive” accounts seem to be getting the offer. I wont argue the logic of that one…………. I would have thought it would have been good practice for ebay to send the offer to everyone – especially given the current situation.

  • Jim
    4 months ago

    Well were utterly ungrateful
    In reality it will cost ebay nothing
    Thousands of extra listings on the platform a large number of those will not sell within 30 Days
    full fees will then apply
    Many will have various promotional fees etc,

    Its not philanthropy its business

  • Jim
    4 months ago

    Strangely we have not been invited though when we click the link In the announcement we are accepted
    We will watch our invoice with interest

    • alan paterson
      4 months ago

      @ Awesome Jim

      At least ebay are making moves to try and assist sellers during this time. When compared to other platforms (I wouldn’t name Amazon by name lest they kick me off) ebay are way out in front. They are assisting with seller fees, protection from defects and promotions to at least some of their sellers. Other platforms are standing still by comparison offering very limited intervention or protection when compared to ebay.

      ebay have been very proactive. Some of my clients even received calls from ebay back at the beginning of the crisis offering clarity and advice on how to trade through the pandemic.

      It would be nice though if ebay had offered this promotion for everyone. they obviously know you are awesome Jim and that you don’t need it.

    • jim
      4 months ago

      we hope you recover from you Stockholm syndrome alan

  • stuart
    4 months ago

    I think what’s need now is an extension to delivery times for Royal Mail on ebay. Even with setting longer dispatch times sellers, like me, are being overwhelmed with emails from customers asking where orders are, so not only are we busy trying to get orders out we are busy answering pointless questions that could easily be solved by ebay right now.

    • robin
      4 months ago

      Don’t select RoyalMail as your shipping service – use “Other Courier 48” or 24 – and you’ll get extra day for delivery if bought right before the weekend – deliveries for RM are Mon-Sat – for Other Courier Mon-Fri 😉

    • NorthCrystal
      4 months ago

      @robin
      Yes, change to “other 48 courier” and Wait till you start receiving messages asking:
      Can you send with RM?
      Is this Hermes your using? They don’t deliver to my address.!#2@!
      Where is my parcel?
      Has it been sent yet???
      Etc
      Etc

      The problem goes much deeper than the postage options to select on eBay UI but I’ll spare those on this occasion.

  • SAM
    4 months ago

    @Jonah
    Your man Alan may be right, as my store was not active from 25th March till the 18th April.
    I never normally get any incentives but got this one, and some £15 credit also for some reason on the account.

    • Alan Paterson
      4 months ago

      @ SAM

      I wanted to take the opportunity to apologise to you from my post a few weeks ago.

      I have an excellent excuse………

      At time of writing I was in ICU with COVID-19 with the doctors giving me a less than positive prognosis. So I may have been a little “off”.

      I may have subliminally taken it out on you. On the thread there was reference to one of my favourite educational books of which SAM is the main protagonist and purposely very annoying (Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Zeus). I recommend this book to anyone reading this post – its a challenging read but outlines the philosophical attitude required for selling on ebay.

      You may have unfairly got the brunt of the way I was feeling at the time – which was LOUSY. It is just unfortunate that your name is SAM.

    • jim
      4 months ago

      who needs oxygen when tamebay is available

      “At time of writing I was in ICU with COVID-19 with the doctors giving me a less than positive prognosis. So I may have been a little “off”.”

    • alan paterson
      4 months ago

      @ Awesome Jim.

      I was referring to the time of writing the post to SAM. It was a few weeks ago and at the time of writing I was not well and apparently quite rude………

      Me rude?

      I didn’t get so bad that I couldn’t log into my laptop. I was one of the lucky ones as they were discreetly removing bodies every night. Quite scary. Felt lousy but my experience never got life threatening and I have now recovered and I’m back home.

      if my health was a service metric I would have been kicked off years ago.

  • Dave
    4 months ago

    As a private seller, ebay have turned off the taps for the £1 offers……they were very frequent and needed…..in this Brexit world, and no this Covidian Brexit world. My sales have dried up, even items listed at £1 each just get watchers, i dont even bother with he high priced items…..ebay do not earn their fees so i would rather not pay them any more than £1 in fees. The more expensive items can wait til they start to offer fee deals to the private sellers.

    And of course, if I do not sell, I do not buy packing supplies from the business sellers, so you do need us smaller private sellers.

    On on the UK postage issue, when you pring postage from Royal Mail direct you now get 7 days to post items (well done Royal Mail) before the label is invalid. But typically if you print a postage label via Packlink, it is next day still….why?

    Remember when i said ebay dont earn their fees, this is another example. They are rubbish and cannot even keep up and match the service changes of one of the biggest postal firms.

    I dont know who s in charge of ebay uk, but they need a right good kick up the backside folowed by swiftly being replaced by me, or someone else who uses ebay.

    • 4 months ago

      The economy needs all the help it can get, and people on reduced incomes need some cash in their hands, but if ebay had kept those £1 FVF offers going as normal to private sellers, they’d be accused by some of helping spread coronavirus.

    • Alan Paterson
      4 months ago

      @ Dave The new CEO is Jamie Iannone who was involved with ebay about a decade ago. i have high hopes he will fix a lot of the issues once he is “back up to speed”.

      I too offered to take charge for a fraction of the price of Jamie but i seem to be unemployable at the moment.

      Also, I think it would be unfair to kick Jamie at the moment as he has just started his new job with ebay this month …….. but watch this space, i am sure he will start to fix the stuff that needs fixing. Also, he has been working for Walmart for the past 10 years so he would probably just kick you back.

      I do think that ebay earn their fees though. if i compare advertising on ebay compared to say …… Google Ad words – ebay is far better value for money for driving traffic and conversions.

      Looking at where ebay spend our selling fees – I love the new ebay TV adverts. The ads are on consistently on a variety of channels and must have cost ebay a fortune. This consistently drives traffic to the platform.

      when we look at what ebay are now doing FOC for the NHS with their new portal for PPE i would be happy to give ebay selling fees.

    • rob
      4 months ago

      @Dave if you usually sell that much on ebay that you have to buy packing supplies are you sure you are not running a business and might need to declare sales to the taxman?

      I actually find ebay to be fantastic at the minute especially when compared to how Amazon treat small businesses. ebay have realised small online businesses can carry on and are promoting them with TV & radio adds.. Large high street business are struggling with their online stores as some have shut down, others don’t have an online presence and others have reduced capacity. You can book parcel collections cheaper than drop offs via Packlink. I am getting 15 – 20 orders most days at the minute compared to 5 – 10 usually. ebay this week sent out an offer for 100 listing with £1 final value fee They have offered to defer fees.

      Amazon on the other hand, what have they done to help small businesses, I don’t use fulfilled by Amazon yet get a phone call from them asking if I would like to join even thou they had stopped accepting new stock.

      ebay don’t always get it right but have done a pretty good job so far.

  • 4 months ago

    Check your account fees. Used the link to list 100 items. Sold a few already. Checked our account fees. Item sold for £34.99 charged final value fee of £4.20. Checked the rest of sold listings that we used the link for and all charged at full fees.

    • Rob
      4 months ago

      Sue, I believe you will be credited for them later in the month or next month for anything that has sold using the £1 FVF offer

  • Farid
    3 months ago

    Hi,
    I received an invoice for April and they charged me full final value fees instead of £1, Does anyone else have the same exact problem?

  • Sarah
    3 months ago

    Hi I am having the same fee problem, usually it would say PROMO next to it.

  • SAM
    3 months ago

    Yes the 100 free listings appear to be charged at the FULL rate we have had no credits or anything. Your 20 mins wait on the phone

  • jim
    3 months ago

    same here
    full rate charged

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