If it's Spring, eBay will raise their fees!

It's Spring, and that means we can count on two things for those of us here in Northern California: the magnolia trees will soon be blooming and eBay will soon be raising their fees ... yet again!

eBay's latest move (effective 4/19/11) is to charge their standard 9% commission (for non-store sales) on the final selling price + shipping charges. Yep, you read it right! Now eBay is charging a commission on postage!!! The theory behind this move is that it will "incent" (eBay's word) sellers to offer free shipping. eBay listings with free shipping will presumably still receive a higher search ranking; this is something eBay claims to have been doing for awhile now.

Other than the potential better search ranking, 9% of a $10 selling price + $3 postage OR 9% of a $13 selling price (which includes free shipping) sounds like the same thing to me! It's still 9% of $13.

More info here:
http://www.auctionbytes.com/cab/cab/abn/y11/m03/i15/s00

Oh, and by the way, eBay has also been named one of the world's most ethical companies. Can you believe it? You can read about that here:

http://www.auctionbytes.com/cab/abn/y11/m03/i17/s02

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