seems like they are trying to recover the free $10 they gave to a lot of us here
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.