Can you help me with ebay seller fees?

by admin on January 27, 2011

I just started to sell some stuff on ebay…but had some questions…

I know I incur a fee for each item I list, but what if no one bids/wins the item? Do i still owe the fees associated with it?

And ebay shows me the total seller fees I owe, but when is the payment due? They don’t show a due date?

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    Lucky3 January 27, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    The first fee is an INSERTION FEE. This fee begins at $0.20 for items with a starting price of $0.99 and goes upwards as the starting price increases.

    Next are SPECIALTY FEES. For example, eBay provides one free picture with each additional picture for an extra $0.15. Then to display this photo in the gallery, it’s an additional $0.35. Bold or highlighted listings are extra as well. Featured listings can be $50.00 or more to appear on eBay’s home page, but don’t concern yourself with that now. Your average listing should be between $1.00 – $4.00 depending on value and number of pictures.

    Okay…so regardless of whether or not an item sells you are responsible for these two fees (INSERTION FEE & SPECIALITY FEES). However, if an item does not sell, it will automatically go into the “UNSOLD ITEMS” folder. If you decide to relist that item and it sells the second time around—you will be credited for the first listing’s INSERTION FEE only.

    Next…if your item does sell, you will ALSO be charged a FVF (FINAL VALUE FEE). This fee is about 2% of the final sale price, NOT including shipping. You will often see sellers list items at very low prices with extremely high shipping to reduce this fee amount. DO NOT do this. eBay is crunching down on such sellers and it is not ethical nor worth a few extra pennies. On another note, if a buyer does not pay at the end of an auction, you can file a NPB (Non Paying Bidder) complaint and eBay will credit you this FVF.

    Lastly, every 30 days eBay will send you an invoice with your total seller fees for the past month. You can make one time payments or have eBay automatically deduct the invoice balance from your credit card or PayPal account. You can check your present fees and past invoices by clicking the “SELLER ACCOUNT” link on the lower left hand column of MY EBAY.

    Good Luck with your future endeavors; email if you have any other questions.

    Nikkio January 27, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Yeah, you have to pay the fees even if it doesn’t sell. If it doesn’t sell the first time and you relist it and it sells the second time I think you only get charged for one set of fees. Each time you relist an item you get charged fees so if it doesn’t sell the second time you’ll have twice as many fees. You should get an email of when your fees are due but you can go to your My eBay page and on the left hand side of the page there should be a bunch of links and if you go to My Account you should be able to look at your invoice and the due date should be on there.

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