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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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#136
I listed an item at $9.99 with a shipping fee of $3.99.. Quantity 4.. I was charged FVF of $1 and $0.4 for the first three and only $1 for the 4th.. Any idea why I was not charged FVF on the last one?
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#137
Isn't it always 10%?, at least for me, I've been paying 10% ebay fees for the last two years.
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#138
Quote from slickpokerdealer View Post :
I listed an item at $9.99 with a shipping fee of $3.99.. Quantity 4.. I was charged FVF of $1 and $0.3 for the first three and only $1 for the 4th.. Any idea why I was not charged FVF on the last one?
We need more information to help figure this out. On what date did you list this item? Do you have a store? Were the customers based in the U.S. or a foreign country? Do you also offer free shipping? What shipping method did the buyers select?

If you do not have a store and qualified for a free listing, you should have been charged a $1.40 FVF per item, assuming you sold to a U.S. buyer. A $1.00 + $0.30 FVF is incorrect no matter how you look at it. Are you sure about that number?

You would not be charged a FVF on your shipping if you offer free shipping for U.S. buyers as your first shipping option and
- A U.S. buyer selected your one-day shipping option, or
- A non-U.S. buyer purchased your item.
I'm guessing that's what happened with your fourth sale.

Quote from Inpact View Post :
Isn't it always 10%?, at least for me, I've been paying 10% ebay fees for the last two years.
No. Prior to the changes, eBay's FVFs depended on the listing type (auction or BIN), category, and sale price. Your FVFs could have turned out to always be 10% based on the circumstances of your sales, but FVFs were not fixed as they are today (for non-store sellers).
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Quote from Olafur View Post :
We need more information to help figure this out. On what date did you list this item? Do you have a store? Were the customers based in the U.S. or a foreign country? Do you also offer free shipping? What shipping method did the buyers select?

If you do not have a store and qualified for a free listing, you should have been charged a $1.40 FVF per item, assuming you sold to a U.S. buyer. A $1.00 + $0.30 FVF is incorrect no matter how you look at it. Are you sure about that number?

You would not be charged a FVF on your shipping if you offer free shipping for U.S. buyers as your first shipping option and
- A U.S. buyer selected your one-day shipping option, or
- A non-U.S. buyer purchased your item.
I'm guessing that's what happened with your fourth sale.


No. Prior to the changes, eBay's FVFs depended on the listing type (auction or BIN), category, and sale price. Your FVFs could have turned out to always be 10% based on the circumstances of your sales, but FVFs were not fixed as they are today (for non-store sellers).
Sorry.. I just corrected my post.. It was was $1 (Final Value Fee) + $0.4 (Final Value Fee on Shipping) for first 3 sales.. For the 4th sale, the FVF was only $1 and $0.4 did not post.. I always offer only one shipping option (economy).. I listed with $3.99 for shipping.. The buyer was US buyer..

Thanks for replying... Just wondering why I was not charged FVF on the 4th sale alone..
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#140
Quote from slickpokerdealer View Post :
Sorry.. I just corrected my post.. It was was $1 (Final Value Fee) + $0.4 (Final Value Fee on Shipping) for first 3 sales.. For the 4th sale, the FVF was only $1 and $0.4 did not post.. I always offer only one shipping option (economy).. I listed with $3.99 for shipping.. The buyer was US buyer..

Thanks for replying... Just wondering why I was not charged FVF on the 4th sale alone..
The FVF on shipping does not post until the buyer pays or you mark the item as shipped.
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#141
Sellers will pass on the fee - it's bad news for ebay as sales will drop
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#142
Quote from Vannita View Post :
The FVF on shipping does not post until the buyer pays or you mark the item as shipped.
That must be it then. I never noticed when the FVF on shipping actually gets posted because for almost all of the stuff I've ever sold, I either offered free shipping or required immediate payment.
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#143
Quote from slickpokerdealer View Post :
.. I always offer only one shipping option (economy).. I listed with $3.99 for shipping.. ..
Just curious, why only economy shipping and what service do you actually intend to use when listing as economy? If using USPS for domestic (USA) delivery, it's almost always cheaper to use First Class or Priority Mail compared to Parcel Post or whatever the new name of Parcel is. Plus, listing as priority service enhances the appeal for potential buyers knowing they'll likely get their package quicker.
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Quote from TakeMeOrLeaveMe View Post :
Just curious, why only economy shipping and what service do you actually intend to use when listing as economy? If using USPS for domestic (USA) delivery, it's almost always cheaper to use First Class or Priority Mail compared to Parcel Post or whatever the new name of Parcel is. Plus, listing as priority service enhances the appeal for potential buyers knowing they'll likely get their package quicker.
You can use whatever service you like when you use economy. It then just matters that the item reaches within the delivery timeframe. And Parcel Post was not replaced, but elimated, so either media mail, first class, priority or express when shipping through eBay with USPS.
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#145
OK. I suppose it gives you a little more "wiggle room" should the worst happen and your sent package gets delayed beyond the delivery range. Can't remember the last time something like that happened, however. I suppose the smart thing would be to list as economy to give you that extra delivery cushioning, but write First Class or Priority Mail in your listing descriptions, to get the benefit of buyer perceived value of a quicker delivery.

Btw, there still is a Parcel service on Ebay, just called something different. Like Parcel Select or something like that. Not sure of what has changed about the service, if anything other than the name.
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#146
Quote from TakeMeOrLeaveMe View Post :
Just curious, why only economy shipping and what service do you actually intend to use when listing as economy? If using USPS for domestic (USA) delivery, it's almost always cheaper to use First Class or Priority Mail compared to Parcel Post or whatever the new name of Parcel is. Plus, listing as priority service enhances the appeal for potential buyers knowing they'll likely get their package quicker.
Uh what are you talking about? I always compare Parcel Select vs Priority and Parcel select is almost always WAY cheaper than Priority unless I'm shipping within my state or MAYBE one of the surrounding states. I'm not talking a small difference either; I'm talking $13 vs $19 or $17 vs $33.
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#147
Actually, I should have been more specific. It all depends upon weight. At some point, you're correct, Parcel Select does get cheaper the higher your shipping weight. Most of the stuff I send tends to be under that dividing line though. There, Priority is either cheaper or it's well under a dollar difference between the two options.
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#148
Parcel Post was not eliminated. The service has been renamed as Standard Post and is available in retail post office locations. Parcel Select is almost the same thing and can be purchased through eBay/PayPal when you make a sale.
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#149
You don't have to make a sale to ship via Parcel Select and AFAIK it's always cheaper than Standard Post.
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#150
Quote from SmokeMaxX View Post :
You don't have to make a sale to ship via Parcel Select and AFAIK it's always cheaper than Standard Post.
That's right, I should have said that when you make a sale, you have the option to purchase postage for Parcel Select through eBay/PayPal. Of course you don't have to make a sale to use it. Big Grin

Standard Post is a retail product for regular people (low-volume shippers). Parcel Select will always be cheaper than Standard Post because Parcel Select is a discounted service intended for businesses that make a medium to large number of shipments, which eBay of course qualifies for. If there's one thing that's great about eBay/PayPal, it's that we can always print discounted postage from them, even stuff like First Class Package International that we can't print from USPS.com. Even eBay/PayPal haters have to give them props for that.
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