“One man’s loss is another man’s gain” or in this case ‘One larger company’s mistake is another smaller company’s gold rush’. Mack daddy of all auction sites and bane of our existence, eBay, has released information about their newest update to seller’s fees that has their users in an uproar.
For those not steeped in the ways of eBay, until recently they have only ever charged commission on the item’s price excluding shipping and insurance. While their reasoning, “to give buyers more reasons than ever to shop…with confidence in reasonably priced shipping”, may make business sense on paper, in reality these additional fees have the ability to run a huge number of smaller eBay sellers out of existence while protecting Power Sellers.
As soon as this news was released the eBay forums lit up with a plethora of angry responses. One of my favorite responses reads:
“I just listed my very first items for sale this week – only one auction ended so far but I’ve had years of buying. I can’t help but agree and think that I just arrived to a party just as the parents arrived home and sent everyone but their own kids home! To even try and frame this as good news is ridiculous…but looking at the bright side, I arrived late but still managed to get screwed before leaving!”
In the end there is a silver lining to this dark eBay shaped cloud, and that silver lining is called Pricefalls. Take just a moment to compare fees on Pricefalls to those found on eBay. Our Final Value Fee of 4.5% is a fraction of what is found on our competitor and although our subscription fee of $50 a year is not shown compared to eBays up to $300 a month, Pricefalls again is a much better option.
Until next time buyers, sellers and friends!
Josh ^theLVD Weaver
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