EBay Fees

eBay is not a charity, of course; it's going to charge you to list and sell your products. Essentially, two main fees must be paid: an Insertion Fee, charged when you list your item, and a Final Value Fee, charged when you sell the item.

Dnote You can find a listing of all the fees at the following web address: http://pages.ebay ^__.com/help/sell/fees.html.

You pay the Insertion Fee whether or not you sell the item. Plus, you pay a fee for each category into which you place the product. An example of this type of pricing is shown in the following listing:

Starting or Reserve Price

Insertion Fee













$500.00 or more


What if you're listing multiple items? (You'll see how to do that later, in Chapter 5.) You simply multiply the price by the number of items. Even then, you never pay more than $4.80 for one listing.

The Final Value Fee is charged when you sell the item. If you don't sell, you don't pay the fee, of course. The Final Value Fee is based on the actual price you sold the item for; this doesn't include any shipping charges. Some examples of Final Value Fees are shown in the following listing:

Selling Price Final Value Fee

$25.01-$1,000.00 5.25% of the initial $25.00 ($1.31), plus 2.75% of the rest

Over $1,000.00 $28.12 plus 1.50% of the price above $1,000.00

These fees are for most products, but some items have a different fee schedule. For instance, the following list shows the current fees for vehicles:

Category Insertion Fee Transaction Service Fee

Passenger Vehicles $40.00 $40.00

Motorcycles $30.00 $30.00

Powersports $30.00 $30.00

Pocket Bikes $3.00 $3.00

Other Vehicles $40.00 $40.00

tip Remember, other fees are involved in completing a transaction. If you're using PayPal, for instance, you'll probably be paying 2.9% of the transaction price, plus 30 cents.

In the case of vehicles, eBay charges a Transaction Service Fee, payable, whether or not the item is actually sold, when the first bid is placed, or, if using a reserve price, when the reserve is met.

Another special category is that of Business & Industrial products, such as farm machinery and manufacturing equipment, which have $20 insertion fees and a 1-percent Final Value Fee with a $250 maximum.

Other fees to keep in mind are those for ancillary services and for using specific categories on eBay. The following shows a more comprehensive list.

Reserve Fees

Buy It Now Fees Picture Services Fees

Listing Upgrade Fees

$1 for items up to $49.99, $2 for items up to $199.99, and 1% of the reserve price above that (to a maximum of $100). But note that if you sell the item, these fees are refunded.

From 5 cents to 25 cents depending on the Buy It Now price.

When you list an item, you can include one picture free. You can add more, though, for 15 cents each, "supersize" a picture (75 cents), create an animated picture show (25 cents), or purchase a special Picture Pack that allows you more images than these other image services for $1 or $2.

You can "tart up" your listing by including a photo in the search results (Gallery), adding bold to your listing text, putting your item in the Featured Items section of a category (Featured Plus!), adding the item to a special placement program that may see it placed onto the home page, and so on. These fees vary from 10 cents to $80.

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