From Friday 29 March until Monday1 April 2013 (local UK time), eBay.co.uk registered Private Sellers (subject to the below mentioned seller restrictions) who list up to 100 listing(s) (with a starting price of £1 or more) in an eligible category using the Auction-style format on eBay.co.uk, will not pay an Insertion Fee per listing. Feature fees will still apply. (source eBay)
So what does it means?
It means that eBay will lift their insertion fees for you, for up to 100 auctions you add during this promotion period.
Can you really save any money?
Yes, of course you can. Let’s say that you want to list a top you no longer want. Normally you would have few options:
– Start the auction from 99p – it is free anyway (up to 100 auctions per month for private sellers only)
– Auction starting from your desire price – fees apply
– Buy it now – fees apply
– Buy it now with Best Offer option – fees apply
So, I wish to sell my top at £20. If I add it during the offer period at £20 on auction it will cost me nothing. If I wait, and add it after, eBay will charge me 50p to do so (auction format) or 40p (for buy it now option).
Are there any other fees?
Yes. You will always pay a final value fee, which is 10% of the final selling price (up to a maximum of £75). There is no option for getting around this one ;-(
I use this eBay special offer to sale our unwanted items, mainly clothes, toys, old movies or games or whatever else we have no longer any use for. I try to price them realistically, so they will sale. I do research looking at sold items of the same kind and check if this amount matches my desire target price. If yes, off I go – item gets added.
I use eBay a lot and with all the minuses which come with it, it is still the best place to sale your “junk”.
Just few things to remember when creating eBay auctions:
– Make a good description, do not hide faults and imperfections
– Add a real picture of the item, people like to see what they buy
– Add realistic shipping time (do not put “posted within 24h” if you only can go to the Post Office on Saturdays)
– Check your postage cost, so you are not out of pocket later on
– Do not accept PayPal if someone will collect the order in person (you will not be able to prove that the order was posted in case something goes wrong)
I have a pile of items for adding to eBay this Easter, so I better get to work…