Big Changes Coming to eBay in February 2008


I just got an email from eBay stating that some big changes are coming down the line effective February 20th, 2008. These changes are in a number of areas. I will attempt to discuss each of them as a separate posts in response to this thread. Follow the link below to see for yourself the tables.


Reduced Listing Fees


You asked, we listened. We’re reducing Insertion Fees and adjusting Final Value Fees to lower your up-front cost to sell on eBay. You wanted free Gallery, now you’ve got it–plus more feature discounts.


Insertion Fees


The insertion fee for Auction-style and Fixed Price listings will be reduced as indicated in the chart below. Also, all listings will now include the Gallery picture feature for free!


Starting Price: Fixed Price, Store Inventory, and Buy It Now


The “N/A” in the charts above reflects a new minimum start price for Fixed Price listings, Store Inventory listings and the Buy It Now feature. Store Inventory and Fixed Price listings must have a starting price of at least $1.00. The Buy It Now feature, which can be added to Auction-style listings, must also have a minimum Buy It Now price of at least $1.00.


Gallery Feature Fee

The Gallery picture feature fee for all listings will be free as indicated in the chart below. Unless otherwise indicated, all changes will be applicable to listings on and (Parts & Accessories only).


PowerSeller Discounts


Get up to 15% discount on Final Value Fees (or Transaction Service Fees) when you maintain high detailed seller ratings (DSRs) as a US or Canadian PowerSeller on your, eBay Motors and sales. These discounts recognize and reward sellers who consistently provide excellent customer service on eBay.




Valid points.
And I’m biased to treating good sellers the same way. 5 Stars.
Not to mention they only have limited control over how fast it gets to the customer. USPS is anything but regular on times it takes to mail something.
My complaint would most likely be when a seller has what I consider an already high s/h and won’t combine. You buy a few small patches that all fit in the same envelope and you get hammered 3X s/h. That’s when I will leave a lower rating. I haven’t and won’t do that when I sell something. One package, one price. But that’s how you keep a good rating, treat the customer right. Plus they come back.

One other thing about high s/h. If the guy is listing extremely low with the intent of beating ebay out of a few cents and has a “Flat Rate” then that’s okay. I can understand that.

By OkiePatchTrader on February 19th, 2008 at 12:58 am

OkiePatchTrader wrote: My complaintwould most likely be when a seller has what I consider an already high s/h and won’t combine.

I was astonished a few months back. I was looking at items from a seller in the Far East, whose listings very explicitly said that shipping (which was pretty steep) would NOT be combined under any circumstances. I ended up buying two items which closed on the same day, and paying for them (with the double shipping) in a single PayPal payment.

A couple of weeks later I get a package, registered international mail, I have to sign the return receipt–clearly not mailed “on the cheap”. I get it home and open it–it only has one of the two items in it. I email the seller and find out–he mailed them SEPARATELY, and the second item shows up two days later, also registered and return receipt.

If he had actually combined the shipments, I’d have assumed he was just using the expensive shipping as a kind of mark-up. As was, I didn’t feel ripped off in the least. I just question his business model.

By Tegularius on February 19th, 2008 at 3:43 am

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