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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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#76
If you sell regurarly, it might be a good idea to get an ebay store for $20 a month. Save on FVfees and get benefits of putting items on "sale" or listing you as away when you go on vacation.

I'm seriously considering paying the $20 a month.

Here is a good link to see if it's worth your while. http://pages.ebay.com/sellerinfor...rator.html
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Quote from scb435 View Post :
Yes Amazon is horrible. Buyer decides to screw you, invokes "A-Z Guarantee", and as a seller you're toast. Amazon literally does not care what your side of the story is, the money is going to be refunded and you're either on the hook for it or at best you get a strike against you. Been there, done that, with a bitch who wanted free printer ink. And she got it.

They are not an option for me.
Exactly. When I sold on Amazon, I would get people that said they didn't receive an item, even though delivery confirmation said they did. Most sellers refund before it gets to the claim state; I forced them to file an A-Z so that would go on their accounts as well. I had so many buyers claiming they didn't receive an item that Amazon banned me from selling. They do not recoginize delivery confirmation as valid proof of delivery (or at least they didn't, anyone know if that changed?) Even more laughable, I swear the language on their help page suggested to use signature confirmation on everything, and that "should" cover you as a seller-- FedEx and UPS would be the only definite ways to be covered, which is absurd for games which mostly range from the 4oz-8oz weight.

As much as eBay sucks, they're at least reasonable in that area. DC works, $250 or higher needs signature confirmation. Easy.

I'll have to check again later since I am on my phone, but FVF fared pretty well for video game listings, right?
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#78
What kind of profit margins are ebay sellers getting anyway on say consumer electronics? I ask because ebays cut seems larger than many sellers gross profit margins could be in the first place.

If you have to make some amount just to break even, plus 10% more for ebay plus 3% for paypal, plus 30% taxes plus 20% shipping plus help plus gas... Is it even possible to sell non used non one of a kind things on ebay and make as much money off your own work as ebay makes off you?
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#79
Does this mean we need to list by April 16th or sell by April 16th?
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#80
I've been more successful on Craigslist than eBay.....no selling fee...no paypal fee.....straight cash.
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Quote from kmoff77 View Post :
If you sell regurarly, it might be a good idea to get an ebay store for $20 a month. Save on FVfees and get benefits of putting items on "sale" or listing you as away when you go on vacation.

I'm seriously considering paying the $20 a month.

Here is a good link to see if it's worth your while. http://pages.ebay.com/sellerinfor...rator.html
i think its 15.99 per month if you subscribe for the year, is there any contract we have to sign?
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Quote from MyBallsItch View Post :
What kind of profit margins are ebay sellers getting anyway on say consumer electronics? I ask because ebays cut seems larger than many sellers gross profit margins could be in the first place.

If you have to make some amount just to break even, plus 10% more for ebay plus 3% for paypal, plus 30% taxes plus 20% shipping plus help plus gas... Is it even possible to sell non used non one of a kind things on ebay and make as much money off your own work as ebay makes off you?
it depends on how much you get the actual item for. many things are purchased directly from the manufacturer and drop shipped to the customer. the margins are very small, but power sellers make up for it by selling a high quantity.

Quote from LegalHustler View Post :
I've been more successful on Craigslist than eBay.....no selling fee...no paypal fee.....straight cash.
where do you live? i live in a big metropolitan area, but the traffic i get for my items on craigs are nothing compared to ebay. ebay still wins in that department.

Quote from SmokeMaxX View Post :
Does this mean we need to list by April 16th or sell by April 16th?
we really need an answer to this, anyone willing to call ebay?
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Quote from henryondeals View Post :
i think its 15.99 per month if you subscribe for the year, is there any contract we have to sign?
I forgot about that.

No contract, you just have to pay for the entire year up front.
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Quote from kmoff77 View Post :
I forgot about that.

No contract, you just have to pay for the entire year up front.
there's somewhere that mentions 19.99 too, i'm assuming that's month by month but i haven't really looked into it yet. that could be a good option though.
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#85
eBay is a best buy with commission to sellers there without the risk and any inventory. Just traffic and the sellers do all the work for little profit
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Quote from henryondeals View Post :
it depends on how much you get the actual item for. many things are purchased directly from the manufacturer and drop shipped to the customer. the margins are very small, but power sellers make up for it by selling a high quantity.



where do you live? i live in a big metropolitan area, but the traffic i get for my items on craigs are nothing compared to ebay. ebay still wins in that department.



we really need an answer to this, anyone willing to call ebay?
That's what i thought. Ebay must be making more money than the high volume low margin seller. There's something seriously wrong with that.
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Quote from kmoff77 View Post :
I forgot about that.

No contract, you just have to pay for the entire year up front.
So if pay for the year what sort of savings will be seeing then compared to the flat 10% that will go into effect? So if I don't do the store option then for a $300 item ebay will charge $30 FFV...what would my FFV be if I sign up for the store deal?
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Quote from mrtrance View Post :
So if pay for the year what sort of savings will be seeing then compared to the flat 10% that will go into effect? So if I don't do the store option then for a $300 item ebay will charge $30 FFV...what would my FFV be if I sign up for the store deal?
You know it would be at least less than $30. Signing up for year is essentially paying for 10 months, but getting twelve months, if you do the basic subscription.

Seems this move is to continue the overall push of eBay being less and less of a marketplace and more and more like shopping at an online retail store.
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Quote from mrtrance View Post :
So if pay for the year what sort of savings will be seeing then compared to the flat 10% that will go into effect? So if I don't do the store option then for a $300 item ebay will charge $30 FFV...what would my FFV be if I sign up for the store deal?
It varies depending on the category.

4% Computers/ Tablets & Networking,
Video Game Consoles
6% Consumer Electronics and Cameras & Photos
7% Musical Instruments & Gear
Coins & Paper Money
8% Motors Parts & Accessories
9% Clothing, Shoes & Accessories
Collectibles
Home & Garden
Camera & Photo Accessories
Cell Phone Accessories
All Other Categories

Here is link. http://pages.ebay.com/sellerinfor...ation.html
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Quote from kmoff77 View Post :
It varies depending on the category.

4% Computers/ Tablets & Networking,
Video Game Consoles
6% Consumer Electronics and Cameras & Photos
7% Musical Instruments & Gear
Coins & Paper Money
8% Motors Parts & Accessories
9% Clothing, Shoes & Accessories
Collectibles
Home & Garden
Camera & Photo Accessories
Cell Phone Accessories
All Other Categories

Here is link. http://pages.ebay.com/sellerinfor...ation.html
It's still not clear if we can do a month by month vs 1 year subscription, has anyone figured this out?
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