From the 14th August this year eBay will be making certain amendments to fees, affecting both private sellers and businesses as follows:
Optional listing upgrades become easier
There will only be one flat fee to pay, irrespective of the duration of the listing. The impact of this will be that in some cases you will pay less but in other it will be more than you ordinarily pay. For those of you who don’t use listing enhancement, the new fees won’t affect you.
Gallery Plus will change to £2.50 per listing
This means that a 30 day listing is reduced from £2.85 but short duration listings will increase by £1.55
As seasoned sellers running an eBay UK shop know, larger images appear in search results with Gallery Plus and you get an “Enlarge” link with a magnifying glass. Also if you have multiple images, in search results there is access to all of them.
If you currently have any free features related to your listing category or due to your use of eBay tools, this will remain free of charge providing you continue meeting the requirements of the tools/category.
Pet Supplies, Home and Garden, Motors and Clothes, Shoes & Accessories on Gallery Plus are the free categories; and for sellers using TurboLister or similar tools, Listing Designer will remain free of charge.
Adding Buy it now to auctions will change to £0.50 per listing
Previously fees were as follows:
- £0.99 – £4.99 = £0.10
- £5.00 – £14.99 = £0.20
- £15.00 – £24.99 = £0.30
- over £25.00 = 50p
Note that when the first bid is placed, the “Buy it Now” button vanishes.
Subtitle changed to £1.00 per listing:
- Down from £1.05 for 30 day listings
- Up from £0.35 for short duration listings
Whilst relatively useful, search engines do not display subtitles when in gallery view which is the default for some categories.
Listing designer changed to £0.30 per listing
Increased from 21p for 30 day listings and 7p for short duration listings
eBay listing designer for Consumer ElectronicsNB Listing Designer is free and will stay that way if you have some eBay UK tools such as TurboLister.
Updated fee for setting a reserve price for your auctions
Commencing on 14 August 2014, if you set a reserve on your auction you will have to pay a 4 per cent. This is an increase of 0.5 per cent. There is no alteration on the current £50 minimum reserve capped at £150 per item which also remains the same. Obviously this will only affect people who set reserves which is quite unusual nowadays.
Early ended auctions
The new policy being introduced from 14th August is that you will have to pay a fee should you end your auction if it has been listed for more than 24 hours and has bids. The fee you will pay will be calculated on the highest bid your auction has received at the time you end it.
This is really going to cause some damage those sellers who cancel auctions regularly because it appears that they won’t get the price they expect, or if you sell your item outside of eBay whilst the auction is still running. Even if you have a legitimate reason to cancel your auction you will still have to pay. So the moral of this story is try hard not to cancel your auctions!
If you are going to struggle to keep your commitments with your eBay shop, do remember we have an eBay UK Fulfilment Service for over the holiday period as well as full management services.