05 August, 2013 | 11:54AM BST
From 4 September, final value fees for all private sellers will change, as well as insertion fees for private sellers with a Basic Shop on eBay.co.uk
Final value fees change for all private sellers
Final value fees will be charged based on the combined value of the item listed plus postage. For example, if an item sells for £20 with postage cost of £4, the final value fee will be charged based on the combined value of £24. This will not apply if the listing offers collection only.
Insertion fees changes for private sellers with a Basic Shop
Private sellers with a Basic Shop subscription will not pay insertion fees on their first 200 listings per month. This is an increase from the previous 20 listings. Insertion fees for subsequent listings will be £0.20 for all categories - media items will no longer be priced differently.
Additionally, insertion fees for auction-style listings will be reduced and the number of bands will go down to two.
Auction-style listings with a starting price between £0.01 and £0.99 will still receive the monthly 100 free insertion fee allowance. From the 101 st listing, the insertion fee will be £0.05 for all categories including media (a change from £0.05 for media and £0.10 for all other categories).
For listings with a starting price above £1.00, the number of starting price bands will reduce from five to one. These items will be charged an insertion fee of £0.15 for all categories.
These changes will simplify the fees for sellers, allowing you to list more fixed price items at no additional cost and experiment with selling higher value items in auction format.
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I just don't see how this is legal?!! They are not posting the item, so how can they justify taking a %?? It's a small amount of money, but given the volume of transactions going through ebay, it adds up to a lot of $$$$$
You will find is in eBay's transaction terms and conditions thatyou agreed to when you joined the site, there are allowed to change their termsfrom time to time.
This will only impact on buyers because those sellers who werecharging a reasonable postage charge (long standing bone of contention witheBay and some buyers) will simply increase the charges to take account of thefinal value fee.
By all means take them to court for breach of contract but doremember that they are based in Luxembourg and sewing an organisation inLuxembourg under Luxembourg law is not really a practical proposition unlesstens of thousands of pounds are at stake.
It is worth doing in all honesty because in actual fact, millionsof pounds are at stake but it would need all sellers to bring a class-action, or,all sellers to simply stop listing things for a fortnight. The problem is thatno one will do that. Even 100 people together to spread the cost in a classaction, the other million people who did not risk any money, still get thebenefit of any court proceedings.
EBay has changed the way the world shops and unfortunately, untilthere is an alternative they dictate the terms.
I have over 1000 transactions on eBay so have seen the ruleschange over the last 12 or 13 years. They started making people specify actualpostage cost some time ago and I strongly suspect that it was in anticipationof this
You could refer it to the Monopolies Commission
I am sorry, I wish that I could give you better news or a morepositive answer but I cannot.
It really is a case of voting with your feet.
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