Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Ebay - time to find another way of selling me thinks!

Have you seen the latest news from ebay? From the 4th of September, not only do you have to pay final value fees on the amount that an item sells for (I can understand that) but you will then have to pay a final value fee on the POSTAGE amount!

So for example an item sells for 10 pounds and the postage is 4.20, the final value fee is calculated on 14.20 = 1.42. Then of course if you are paid through paypal, you will pay a further amount on this 14.20 that the buyer sends to your account (I think its 3.2% from memory).......which I think works out to about another 43 pence (maths was never my strong point) so now on a sale price of 10 pounds, 1.83 pence of that will go in 'fees'.

I hate to think how many people who sell items for low amounts but have high deliver costs are going to fair, its not going to be worth selling on there now........I have often sold items at 0.99 pence just to de clutter, but with the buyer paying all the post costs. Now it wont be worth the financial or hassle values.

Maybe the charity shops will benefit when people see that its hardly worth their time and effort listing items.

Anybody want to join me in setting up a company called Fairbay???


Sue said...

I've given up selling on Ebay, I just got sick of the hassle and the charges, so if they're going up even more it will not be worth it at all.

Last time I sold on there the buyer said their parcel had not arrived and I had to refund the money, I had no proof that they were telling the truth and to be honest I seriously doubted it.

So much easier to either have an occasional car boot or just donate to charity.

AlisonB43 said...

Before we went travelling I did sell quite a few things on ebay, a lot of craft items for my Mum which was not too bad and they were quite easy to send (winter 2011). I sold a few of our things in the spring of 2012 and found that more people are claiming not to have received things, so after one major scare I decided to pay extra and record the deliveries of higher priced items, but did not tell the buyers. Another two tried to say they had not received the items, but of course, I had the proof. This spring I sold a couple of crochet afghans I had made whilst travelling and was shocked to see how much the postage charges are now. To be honest I tend to agree with both you and Sue about not using Ebay now. I did actually give away a huge amount of our clutter to the charity shops as much of it would have been a hassle to send and it was too early in the season for most car boots. At the time I was a little peeved as I thought I could have made significant amounts of money, but now I am not sure it would have been worth that much hassle.