eBay (EBAY +1.4%) is eliminating listing fees for most items and simplifying its commission...

eBay (EBAY +1.4%) is eliminating listing fees for most items and simplifying its commission fees, as it tries to sustain Marketplaces' resurgence and slow down Amazon's (AMZN -1.2%) rapid 3rd-party sales growth. Lower-margin items such as electronics will sport lower fee rates than higher-margin items such as clothing. eBay claims the moves, its first fee changes since 2010, will provide more transparency for merchants, who have complained of overly complicated pricing. Yesterday, Reuters reported of discontent among Amazon merchants over rising fees.

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  • heloise8
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    I am now an expert shopping on both sites. I was doing Amazon for all the wrong reasons. Now I buy more stuff on ebay. But still return to amazon for stuff.


    I bought and sold my amazon stock way too soon and short and lost a ton of money for it. I am buying ebay at this mark because the 50s bode well for this stock. I think we will see an upsurge in ebay stock when the dust settles. I need more before that happens too.
    19 Mar 2013, 01:14 PM Reply Like
  • shahar_gizmo
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    i think you made the right move (now). i bought Ebay a couple of months ago, when it was 50.5, got gready and didn't sell at 58.
    now bought some more, and my sell target is 57.
    what people don't understand is that sellers will go where the buyers are-not the opposite !
    the online shopping is becoming very global. people from other countries (just like me and all my friends) will keep using Ebay, because the shipping costs are too big on Amazon. Paypal will still be widely used because BUYERS loves it, it's the most comfortable way for them to pay online, even most sites in Israel are using them as an option now.
    don't look where the sellers are, look where the buyers are. and for the next couple of years- they are on Ebay and will defiantly pay with PayPal.
    19 Mar 2013, 11:32 PM Reply Like
  • Leftfield
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    Ebay fees plus Paypal fees end up costing around 14%. This is enormous when the item sold is high-priced.


    Ebay used to have lower rates and it tapered down sharply above $1000. Now small sellers can add the steep rise in their monthly Ebay commissions to the doubled heating oil and gasoline tabs they pay every month and contemplate the wonders of low official inflation and Ebay CEO John Donaho's useless suspension of listing fees that were negligible anyway.
    19 Mar 2013, 01:20 PM Reply Like
  • shelbyman
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    I agree with you on the listing fee suspension...its no big deal at all. I had experienced fees of over 17% on some items...including PayPal. I thought it was a total rip off. If I didn't want the huge exposure on Ebay I wouldn't deal with the rip off. Now that there are search engines for all of Craigs List that is becoming an option.
    19 Mar 2013, 01:30 PM Reply Like
  • bullfeathers
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    It doesn't even have to be high priced. If you are dealing with anything that is basically a commodity, they are taking your entire margin. The way I read another article about this, they are actually increasing final value fees...
    19 Mar 2013, 01:52 PM Reply Like
  • Whitehawk
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    It looks to me like Ebay is just trying to match Amazon's fee structure and lack of listing fees. Previously, it was much more margin lucrative in some classes (such as office supplies) to list on Ebay.
    19 Mar 2013, 03:15 PM Reply Like
  • buyzjewelry
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    It took Neiman Marcus exiting eBay before they listened to their conscience. Wonder if more are leaving for the same reason. That would make sense because they usually do not start appealing their sellers until just before the Christmas holiday season. It is a fairly predictable cycle. Not to mention the secret feedback system that they tried to develop. Also, there are competitor payment processing systems developing in the shadows of Walmart and other large retailers. Sure hope eBay did not break their backbone made of the smaller sellers whilst signing the larger retailers as they may now need to fall back on the very accounts that they tried to eliminate.
    19 Mar 2013, 01:27 PM Reply Like
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