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2013 eBay fee increase: 10% flat fee. Bad news for sellers

Tike71 281 March 19, 2013 at 06:14 PM in Finance (4) More eBay Deals
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Heads up eBay will be charging a 10% flat fee across all categories coming April 16th 2013
Those with eBay stores will be charged fees that will vary with different categories starting from 4% on 05/01/13
http://pages.ebay.com/sellerinfor...ation.html

This rate calculator shows the old and new fees and how much they will be milking sellers
http://pages.ebay.com/sellerinfor...lator.html



For the consumer electronics category you're going to be paying 43%-209% more than you pay now.

Old vs new fees. Free shipping offered
$20 fvf = $1.40 vs $2 (increase of 43%)
$100 fvf = $6 vs $10 (increase of 66.7%)
$250 fvf = $13.50 vs $25 (increase of 85%)
$500 fvf = $26 vs $50 (increase of 92.3%)
$1,000 fvf = $51 vs $100 (increase of 98%)
$1,500 fvf = $61 vs $150 (increase of 146%)
$2,000 fvf = $71 vs $200 (increase of 182%)
$2,500 fvf = $81 vs $250 (increase of 209%)
$5,000 fvf = $131 vs $250 (increase of 91%)
$10,925 fvf = $250 vs $250

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#121
This is super expensive fee!
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#122
Quote from kbenson View Post :
Find and use alternate sites - i.e ubid or even amazon. (Yes Amazon charges crazy fees too, but at least they are not in bed with Paypunk)

The more people that get feet out of the mud and make fleabay realize they are not the only player in the town, the less likely they will increase fees.
The problem with Amazon is that they will literally let customers return ANYTHING and make you accept the return regardless of condition / price / etc.

I've sold brand new items, sealed in the package, and then had the item returned as defective.

When I got the item back, it was literally ripped in half (this particular item was a relatively expensive pair of in-ear monitors) -- lesson learned: Amazon mandates you except returns no matter what if the customer says the item is "defective" -- even though this item was new, sealed in box, and had a full 1 year warranty with a receipt from an authorized dealer, I was left to eat the loss. Very, very frustrating.

Not that eBay / Paypal is much better when a buyer lies...
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Quote from DeathCab View Post :
The problem with Amazon is that they will literally let customers return ANYTHING and make you accept the return regardless of condition / price / etc.

I've sold brand new items, sealed in the package, and then had the item returned as defective.

When I got the item back, it was literally ripped in half (this particular item was a relatively expensive pair of in-ear monitors) -- lesson learned: Amazon mandates you except returns no matter what if the customer says the item is "defective" -- even though this item was new, sealed in box, and had a full 1 year warranty with a receipt from an authorized dealer, I was left to eat the loss. Very, very frustrating.

Not that eBay / Paypal is much better when a buyer lies...
Yeah that is quite true. I think I posted a similar story as well.
Amazon gives too much time 4 a buyer to complain. If the buyer get the item on day 1 and has no reports of problems after 5 days, then deal should be done.

Not the case with amazon - I think it is like 30 days and the customer can return (on your dime) the product.

Had 1 person file a a-z last day of the deadline and said the hat did not fit him. Doh.
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Quote from Maschil View Post :
yep... got banned.... was making good money...
Quote from DeathCab View Post :
The problem with Amazon is that they will literally let customers return ANYTHING and make you accept the return regardless of condition / price / etc.

I've sold brand new items, sealed in the package, and then had the item returned as defective.

When I got the item back, it was literally ripped in half (this particular item was a relatively expensive pair of in-ear monitors) -- lesson learned: Amazon mandates you except returns no matter what if the customer says the item is "defective" -- even though this item was new, sealed in box, and had a full 1 year warranty with a receipt from an authorized dealer, I was left to eat the loss. Very, very frustrating.

Not that eBay / Paypal is much better when a buyer lies...
Quote from kbenson View Post :
Yeah that is quite true. I think I posted a similar story as well.
Amazon gives too much time 4 a buyer to complain. If the buyer get the item on day 1 and has no reports of problems after 5 days, then deal should be done.

Not the case with amazon - I think it is like 30 days and the customer can return (on your dime) the product.

Had 1 person file a a-z last day of the deadline and said the hat did not fit him. Doh.
The sad part is, these are COMMON stories when dealing with reselling on Amazon Facepalm
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#125
Looks like Craigslist is the best option.
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#126
Quote from LegalHustler View Post :
Looks like Craigslist is the best option.

still figurative... depends on what your selling.... and where you are selling it
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#127
Quote from Maschil View Post :
still figurative... depends on what your selling.... and where you are selling it
agreed
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#128
Doubling fees is outrageous. We should all complain collectively and maybe they will reconsider like netflix did lol
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#129
Wait till they toss in sales tax across the board. Prob one of the reasons fleabay opposes it. It will cause them to loose more customers (sellers + buyers)
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Quote from tmaxx123 View Post :
Doubling fees is outrageous. We should all complain collectively and maybe they will reconsider like netflix did lol

yah it is... i did some math.... if i have an ebay store and sale about 1k a month (which i do) then its alittle less than what it use to be... so i am angry... but what can i do
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Quote from Maschil View Post :
yah it is... i did some math.... if i have an ebay store and sale about 1k a month (which i do) then its alittle less than what it use to be... so i am angry... but what can i do
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just curious, but if you sell 1k per month, do you file that in your taxes at the end of the year?
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Wait till they toss in sales tax across the board. Prob one of the reasons fleabay opposes it. It will cause them to loose more customers (sellers + buyers)
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/sho...00383.html

What is interesting is eBay is fighting a bill where the government will collect tax and is trying to protect their sellers' interest, yet while raising fees on their sellers where they will personally collect Facepalm
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#133
seems like they are trying to recover the free $10 they gave to a lot of us here Big Grin
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#134
Quote from getdealsonline View Post :
seems like they are trying to recover the free $10 they gave to a lot of us here Big Grin

The free $10 was much less than peanuts for them.

Here is what I think they should do:

1. Provide a rebate every qtr to all active sellers (It could be as small as 1%)
2. If you are a buyer and make more than x amount of purchases, you can get a % off coupon code (yes I know about ebay bucks, but I think they need to do better for active buyers)
3. remove the "shipping % fee" sellers must pay when ever we sell something. - Ban sellers that abuse it.

I sent these suggestions to fleabay some time ago, bu just got a canned response from someone in India.
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#135
I'm just looking at these new store fee schedule that started May 1st. It looks like the old ebay fees (if you didn't subscribe to a store) are about the same as the new ebay fees if you do subscribe to a store (excluding store fee of course)..

For example:
Old fees (no store): 9% auction for everything
New fees (store subscription): 9% fee for most categories

Old fees (buy it now electronics): 7% up to $50; 5% above $50, etc.
New fees (electronic categories): 6% for many electronics; some 4%; some 9%

Some categories that did qualify for the old "electronics" 7% fee category, now do not qualify for the "consumer electronic" category 6% and are 9% on the new fee schedule.

consumer electronics -> multipurpose batteries -> (all sub categories)
does not qualify for "consumer electronics".. It is one of the "exceptions", there are others as well.. It used to be part of the "electronics" in the old fee schedule..

Computers/Tablets Networking -> Printers & Scanners -> Ink, Toner and Paper..
Does not qualify for "Comptuers/Tablets" at 4%. I kind of figured. Fortunately though it does still qualify for 6% consumer electronics (as opposed to the crappy 9% fee for accessories which I thought it might get)..

Gosh, there are so many damn exceptions.. Go here to read all of the exceptions to know if your electronic item is going to cost 4%, 6% or 9%: http://ebay.com/help/sell/storefe...l#computer
be sure to click on the arrows to expand what's include, or excluded from the categories:
"Included Computer/Tablets & Networking, Video Game Consoles categories:"
"Included Camera & Photo Accessories, Cell Phone Accessories and more categories:"
"Included Consumer Electronics, Cameras & Photo and more categories:"

You can also go here to figure out what % your category is going to cost:
http://www.fees.ebay.com/feeweb/feecalculator

Right now I don't think a store is good value for most low volume sellers.. Getting 9% fees instead of 10% should get back the store fee If you have a high volume.. If you sell exclusively in the 4% and 6%, then possibly you could justify a store subscription with a low volume of sales..
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