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    Mumolulu
    Is it currently free to list on ebay, and how long for?
    • #1
    • 12th Mar 09, 10:38 PM
    Is it currently free to list on ebay, and how long for? 12th Mar 09 at 10:38 PM
    Official MoneySavingExpert.com insert

    This is correct! Private sellers are now able to list auction-style listings, starting at up to 99p, for free (it used to cost 10p).

    You will still have to pay a final value fee of 10.0%
    of the winning bid (this went up from 5% a little while ago), up to a max fee of 40.00, and Buy-it-now auctions still have a 40p fee.

    See eBays fee chart for full details & for lots more ways to smash fees, read the eBay Selling guide.


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    I've just logged onto ebay and on the front page it says this

    We're free to list

    Great News
    Auction style items
    Starting and 0.99 or less
    are now free to list

    final value fees apply
    terms and conditions apply


    but that is all it says!

    Does anyone know anymore?


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    • FloFlo
    • By FloFlo 12th Mar 09, 10:42 PM
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    FloFlo
    • #2
    • 12th Mar 09, 10:42 PM
    • #2
    • 12th Mar 09, 10:42 PM
    I had this in an email but was surprised no one on here had mentioned it.
  • blue_monkey
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    • 12th Mar 09, 10:44 PM
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    • 12th Mar 09, 10:44 PM
    I thought this started 12th but I knew it was coming. Should be for all PERSONAL sellers, not businesses (unfortunately) Might encourage me to clear some of the rubbish I have been 'saving' for eBay. LOL. I hated the thought of listing it before with so many things available on ebay and having to pay 20p each time.
  • Mumolulu
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    • 12th Mar 09, 10:53 PM
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    • 12th Mar 09, 10:53 PM
    So when does it end?
    I have loads of stuff to sell and was planning on listing as of next sun 22nd to end 29th.

    Will it still be on?
  • zippybungle
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    • 12th Mar 09, 10:57 PM
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    • 12th Mar 09, 10:57 PM
    I got the impression it will be a permanent thing :confused: There was a full page advert in the Sun Newspaper today about it, and as far as I could see, it didn't have an expiry date. Just that it is free to list auctions which start at 99p for private sellers.

    Zippy x
    Busy working Mum of 3
  • blue_monkey
    • #6
    • 12th Mar 09, 10:59 PM
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    • 12th Mar 09, 10:59 PM
    There is, for now, no length of time. I basically got that it was for now until they decide that it is another hapless cause to get people back selling on eBay.

    People have stopped selling on there, businesses have left, fees have gone up, feedback is now ridiculous, people can bid and not pay and a seller cannot leave feedback to that effect. People at eBay and Paypal are losing their jobs and so they are clearly desperate enough to consider Free listings. My fees used to be over 1000 a month plus Paypal - they do not get that from me anymore - and there are more like me!

    However, FVF have gone up so beware of this.
    • RFW
    • By RFW 12th Mar 09, 11:00 PM
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    RFW
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    • 12th Mar 09, 11:00 PM
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    • 12th Mar 09, 11:00 PM
    I had this in an email but was surprised no one on here had mentioned it.
    Originally posted by FloFlo
    There's been quite a lot on here for the last few weeks. Came in earlier this week.
    Private sellers list up to 99p auction for free. Gallery is also still free.
    This is a permanent policy change.
    The final value fee is now 10%.
    Last edited by RFW; 12-03-2009 at 11:06 PM.
  • Mumolulu
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    • 12th Mar 09, 11:02 PM
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    • 12th Mar 09, 11:02 PM
    Cool!
    Thats me selling next week then.
    • RFW
    • By RFW 12th Mar 09, 11:06 PM
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    RFW
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    • 12th Mar 09, 11:06 PM
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    • 12th Mar 09, 11:06 PM
    There is, for now, no length of time. I basically got that it was for now until they decide that it is another hapless cause to get people back selling on eBay.

    People have stopped selling on there, businesses have left, fees have gone up, feedback is now ridiculous, people can bid and not pay and a seller cannot leave feedback to that effect. People at eBay and Paypal are losing their jobs and so they are clearly desperate enough to consider Free listings. My fees used to be over 1000 a month plus Paypal - they do not get that from me anymore - and there are more like me!

    However, FVF have gone up so beware of this.
    Originally posted by blue_monkey
    Certainly some sellers have stopped as have some buyers, there's still a lot of sellers (myself included) who have either had an increase in sales or no overall change.
    Several larger companies are now regular sellers on EBay (Argos for one) and overall sales figures are still quite healthy. I don't see it as desperation merely a good marketing exercise in credit crunch times.
    If there's stuff to buy there will always be buyers on Ebay which is sadly more than can be said for some other auction sites.
  • ArmitageShanks
    Free to list, a million squid to sell.
    • RFW
    • By RFW 12th Mar 09, 11:32 PM
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    RFW
    Free to list, a million squid to sell.
    Originally posted by ArmitageShanks
    Or more accurately 10% and Paypal fees, so generally under 15%.

    As a piece of advice try and list items that have value above 99p, the lower the item sells for the more impact the Paypal fees have.

    Check completed listings and see which items attract the most interest, higher interest items are more likely to get higher bids. Also consider listing a few similar items together rather than have lots of separate listings.
    • patman99
    • By patman99 12th Mar 09, 11:48 PM
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    patman99
    Its only FREE if your item starts at 99p or less (you can't list for less than 99p, I know, I've tried). If you want to start something at 10.00, it is now cheaper to start listing at 99p and stick-on a 10 reserve.

    They will now nick 8.75% off you should your item sell, so now you really do need to research the likely selling price for the type of item you are selling. That way, you know how much you need to charge for P&P to cover your fees.

    To successfully keep your costs down, you can use the following methods -
    1, Use an alternative listing designer with free image hosting, such as Auctiva or Listing Factory (this one even has photo editing facilities and watermarking of images) - Save 7p
    2, Host all your images using either the above, or if you create your own templates, use a photo hosting service such as flickr, photobox or snapfish. Just link to the photo in your listing code.
    3. DON'T use 'Bold' listing option, no-one I know takes a blind bit of notice as to whether or not listings are bold. Save 'Gallery Plus' & 'Featured' for items over 250. Below this, they just are not worth it.
    4. Change your account type from 'business' to 'personal' (or open a second, personal account).

    Personally, I didn't mind paying to list, the final selling fee of 5% was reasonable. Now, it's just plain robbery.

    Maybe we should all boycott Ebay for 1 week starting on the 1st of April?.
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    • RFW
    • By RFW 13th Mar 09, 12:23 AM
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    RFW
    To successfully keep your costs down, you can use the following methods -
    1, Use an alternative listing designer with free image hosting, such as Auctiva or Listing Factory (this one even has photo editing facilities and watermarking of images) - Save 7p
    Originally posted by patman99
    That's if you've got more than one picture, it is still free to list one picture with gallery settings.


    3. DON'T use 'Bold' listing option, no-one I know takes a blind bit of notice as to whether or not listings are bold. Save 'Gallery Plus' & 'Featured' for items over 250. Below this, they just are not worth it.
    Originally posted by patman99
    Bold is one of the more useless upgrades, even Ebay representatives tell you not to use it!

    4. Change your account type from 'business' to 'personal' (or open a second, personal account).
    Originally posted by patman99
    Provided it's a personal account and you don't buy goods to resell, otherwise you'll be flagged to HMRC and your pennies saved will not look like a sensible idea!

    Personally, I didn't mind paying to list, the final selling fee of 5% was reasonable. Now, it's just plain robbery.
    Originally posted by patman99
    Well it's a fee, if you don't like it don't use it.


    Maybe we should all boycott Ebay for 1 week starting on the 1st of April?.
    Originally posted by patman99
    A few people boycotting for a week won't have any effect whatsoever, don't like Ebay, don't use Ebay, simple.
    I'm a business seller and most of my auctions start at 99p, they finish for between 20 and 100, I get the customers and don't mind paying the fees as I'm earning, if I wasn't I'd be elsewhere.

    I've been using auctions, and have been an auctioneer, for the past 25 years, auction houses charge more than double Ebay's fees (albeit often for a slightly different service) and provide a tiny proportion of the customers that are available on Ebay.
  • chja
    Spot on RFW.

    Its now a great way to get rid of your clutter at no risk.

    If it's real c*** you are selling, then you probably will only get 99p, so around 75p after eBay & Paypal fees. Up to the seller whether they feel that's worth it - a lot of 75p's do add up and personally I find it fun.

    If you item is worth more than 99p, then chances are it will sell for more - will cost a little more on the end value, but 10% is not really unreasonable (ever looked at what a real auction house charges ?).

    If it doesn't sell, then it's cost you nothing.
  • chja
    I had this in an email but was surprised no one on here had mentioned it.
    Originally posted by FloFlo
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?t=1537691

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?t=1517485
    • soolin
    • By soolin 13th Mar 09, 7:10 AM
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    soolin
    Its only FREE if your item starts at 99p or less (you can't list for less than 99p, I know, I've tried). If you want to start something at 10.00, it is now cheaper to start listing at 99p and stick-on a 10 reserve.
    Originally posted by patman99
    Minimum reserve has been 50 for a good few years now and the reserve facility costs .

    They will now nick 8.75% off you should your item sell, so now you really do need to research the likely selling price for the type of item you are selling. That way, you know how much you need to charge for P&P to cover your fees..
    Originally posted by patman99
    Read it again, under this new free listing it is 10% FVFs

    Maybe we should all boycott Ebay for 1 week starting on the 1st of April?.
    Originally posted by patman99
    I don't think ebay will even notice a few people boycotting them for a week.
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    • soolin
    • By soolin 13th Mar 09, 7:11 AM
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    soolin
    I had this in an email but was surprised no one on here had mentioned it.
    Originally posted by FloFlo
    chja has posted the link but I even started a new thread last week as a reminder, so yes we have been discussing this since it was first announced about a month ago.
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  • blue_monkey
    I do think that for the likes of Argos to sell on eBay this is deperation on the companies part to get an extra sale. If a company like Argos that has hundreds (thousands?) of shops and a website why on earth do they need to pay eBay and Paypal fees for their sales. Because they are desperate??

    I think eBay has become very expensive and I only look on there as a last resort for buying these days, there are so many discount codes or offers around these days unless you are looking for 2nd hand or for something specific then I no longer bother. I looked for a special needs buggy in the week - all going for around 120 - I asked on freecycle and got one for free!

    I paid over 9k in Paypal and eBay fees last year for the short period I worked (I closed after 7 months for personal reasons) but because it is so cut-throat I was selling for the bare minimum I could. If I had something listed for 10 someone else would have it for 9.75. Something I never understood is how people could sell less than I am able to buy from the manufacturer for, or why people want to work for nothing. Now I have a website and I use just this for selling but I get more profit from this than I ever did from eBay and I do much, much less work. EBay used to take every minute of my spare time and no this year I have a life that is not dominated by eBay. I also think people take me more seriously and that I am running more of a legitimate business because I am not based on eBay. If you don't have a website then consider getting one as the money either stays in your pocket or you can drop your prices to be more competetive. I always look at it that their prices are higher because they have to pay the fees first so somewhere else might have that item cheaper.

    That being said, it depends on what you sell, I used to be the only person on eBay selling the things I did now there is too much too choose from so I do not bother. If I am going to sell 100 items to break even (I had over 5,000 items in my eBay store as I sold undies - and for each one I had to pay to list, of course, eBay then started hiding these items if you had a shop) I'd rather sell 5 items to break even. And I for one am enjoying the time I get doing other things rather than eBay and am making more money. I've actually been able to expand away from eBay as I can offer a different service and I have more time. I pay less for my monthly website hosting than I did for an eBay store - before starting on the listing fees for the 5,000 items each month. As I say, if you do not have an external site then consider it as you might well be surprised.

    But I'll dig out some stuff from the loft once I get a chance and I'll stick it on there. Just kids clothes I'll get for 50p at a Boot sale so to list for 99p and for it not to sell I've not lost anything - before if I listed 100 items and they did not sell I'd have had to pay 20.00 for that. And I've way more than 100 items tucked away for selling so that is why I'll consider it now.
    • patman99
    • By patman99 13th Mar 09, 10:51 PM
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    I've ched the email again, and it defo states the FVF is 8.75%.
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    • Brooker Dave
    • By Brooker Dave 13th Mar 09, 11:54 PM
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    Great News
    Auction style items
    Starting and 0.99 or less
    are now free to list

    Does anyone know anymore?
    Originally posted by Mumolulu
    Expect your items to go for 99p as the tidal wave of similar clutter hits ebay.

    Give it a week or two and when sellers are sick of only getting 99p for stuff abd give up, ebay will come up with a new lame promotion to try to get their business back.
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