Confused about Ebay fees.

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by K2000, Nov 18, 2013.

  1. K2000


    Nov 16, 2005
    I just got a bill from Ebay (not itemized, unless that info is hidden somewhere).

    They want 40 dollars from me - I sold about 350 dollars worth of gear in the last month. Their fees are over 10%?

    This plus the fees that Paypal gets?

    When I listed the items, Ebay told me the listings were free - I guess they hammer you harder on the back end now?

    Walk me through the basics, I'm confused.
  2. K2000


    Nov 16, 2005
    I just found the info… their fee is 10% of the sale, including shipping charges.

    WOW - I just realized why people HATE Ebay. That is excessive!
  3. K2000


    Nov 16, 2005
    I bought something on recently - maybe I will start selling there. Their fees are 3.5% I believe.
  4. fisticuffs


    May 3, 2011
    Madison, WI
    Amazon, Sears, NewEgg, BestBuy etc. all have user selling services as well. None of them cheap. Reverb's fees are nice. They were pretty great at responding to my questions as well when I was checking them out.
  5. OldDog52


    Jan 1, 2011
    Ebay buyers and sellers have very strong protection from scams and fraud. Sellers can offer hassle-free returns. Retaliatory neg feedback from sellers has been eliminated. Bogus $10 listings with $150 shipping charges to circumvent eBay fees are history.

    This is all worth something to me as both a seller and a buyer. Basically it's 10% to eBay and 3% to PayPal.

    Oh and eBay users get discounted shipping rates from USPS etc.

    Your eBay account statement is itemized. Nothing is hidden.
  6. Just saw about 15 of them on Sunday night...
  7. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much

    Jul 2, 2011
    Milton Keynes, UK
    It doesn't stop them - but the seller doesn't benefit from them now that eBay charges a percentage of the total cost including shipping.
  8. OldDog52


    Jan 1, 2011
    I guess sellers can still inflate the shipping charge to "help" buyers in other countries avoid customs fees. It used to be a way to avoid eBay fees too.
  9. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Banned

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    The change in the Ebay fee structure has made the site unusable IMO. No charge to list, and so when I search for things, there are an ENDLESS list of options. Categories are spammed and I see lots of scam postings, like something that would sell for 13.99 listed as 139.90 ETC...I don't use Ebay AT ALL. In the beginning, it was great, and fun. Now it's all Buy it Now mostly.
  10. Ebay used to hit you on both ends: when you list an item
    and when you sell it. I think ebay figured out that more items
    get listed (and ultimately sold) when they eliminate the
    listing fee.