Big eBay Price Hikes Met with Outrage

EBay sellers are up in arms over the online auction giant’s plan to raise the monthly fee it charges sellers by 60 percent. EBay notified sellers about the pending increase via e-mail on Wednesday.

Effective midnight on February 18, the fee for the basic eBay Store subscription will be raised from US$9.95 to $15.95 per month. The Final Value Fee, the percentage that eBay takes off the closing price, is also going up. Sellers will pay 8 percent of the closing value for sales up to $25. Fees range as high as 16 percent for higher value items.

All Around Increases

“It seems as though the larger eBay becomes, the more greedy they become,” Lynette McDonald, a seller since 2001, told the Associated Press. “This site used to be a place where one could get a good deal. Now that the starting prices on goods are higher to accommodate the growing fees incurred, there are no more deals to be had.”

EBay executives could not immediately be reached for comment.

All sellers will pay from $.25 to $.35 per listing more to post merchandise on eBay.com and eBay Motors. The e-mail said, “We will also be increasing the size of the gallery image on search and listings pages by 56 percent. This will make it easier for buyers to see details of the item before clicking into the listing.”

EBay is also boosting its “Buy It Now” fees, abandoning the flat rate fee. Instead, it will charge based on the price of the listed item. The 10-Day Duration fee is also going up.

EBay Instructor Speaks Out

Janelle Elms, an eBay university instructor, store subscriber, and author of eBay Your Business, told the E-Commerce Times that she is mortified about the response from her fellow sellers in the eBay community.

“I can’t believe all these people would literally cut off their nose to spite their face by leaving eBay to go to some other channel,” Elms said. “If you had a store in the mall, they would raise your rent, and you are not going to have a big protest outside your store when they do. It’s just part of doing business.”

EBay shares fell $4.12 to close at $103.13 on the Nasdaq Stock Market. Its shares were at a 52-week high of $118.42 in December.

3 Comments

  • Get a life Janelle (and a brain), and anybody else who isn’t outraged at eBay for the impending increases…
    Janelle, in the real world, your storefront’s rent doesn’t go up 60%, it goes up 2 – 5%. Ebay has provided me a ‘automated’ response that says they are increasing the fees to make eBay a better place for us… I think they meant "them". EVERY one of my many attempts to get a reponse when I ask for eBay to provide logical business reasons for the 60+% increase has been met with silence or the ignorant automated response that all is well and you "should just walk over the cliff like everbody else". Well I am getting sick and tired of working hard and then realizing that eBay is the only one making money. And now they want more!?! It is time for all to e-mail eBay and let them know that we (their customers) are not happy.

    • After finally reaching a (1000) feedback score at eBay with no negatives, I am out of there. Enough is enough and this site has too big a cash grab. I have come up with a better idea, that works for me. I have been listing my stuff on a free site called http://www.theauctionman.net. It is really fast and easy to list with their template based bulk lister. You can even copy your whole ebay store over, fast and easy with no retyping or copy and pasting. I have seen people move 1,000 listings in an hour. This site is growing fast because the people that run it know how to do things right. Sure it does not have the eBay exposure just yet, but so far I have sold over 40 lots there. Check it out. I am sure you will like it.

  • I have a few comments for Janelle Elms. A mall would NEVER raise the rent on a store by 60% with only a one month notice. I also would not think that a reputable mall would DOUBLE other store fees by 100%, which is exactly what ebay has done. Not only has eBay increased fees exhorbitantly, but they now insist on a bigger cut of the final sale. Ebay is theoretically the ‘mall of the world’ and they are showing the world that they have become greedy. Ebay needs to wake-up and acknowledge the thousands of angry sellers that they have.

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