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Community Member
Posts: 303
Registered: ‎12-10-2004

Re: EBAY and PAYPAL Fees too high

in reply to prowl66

prowl66 wrote:

I'm not following.  I haven't sold in a long time because of the fees going up.....and with the addition of Paypal.  I remember it being around 7% or so and was climing with little changes.  I just started to forego selling since I son't steal the stuff I sell  or the such....  I just decided/curious about selling something for 37.99 with s/h fee of 6.99 and my total fees come out to about 6.65.  Now this is about 17%.  Do I really want to do that.  and this is lower than consignment stores or other sources?.  WEll, haven't been in one of those for awhile.     I guess if I got stuff for pretty much nothing, like at garage sales, who cares what I make after 15-20% is taken right back.  I now have more respect for those selling on Ebay....for I buy most/many things there after comparing with Amazon and a few other sites.


As an example, the consignment auction center in my community charges 40% now, and they get it because they draw a big enough crowd that bidding usually goes in a frenzy.  It seems crazy, but they do a TON of antiques and I guess many of those antique dealers make a big margin if they can afford to do that.  Even the consignment clothing stores here charge 30-35%, so yeah, by traditional standards, ebay is cheap.  Not saying it doesn't cost a good bit to sell here because it does, but considering the size of audience you get on eBay, it's actually a bit of a bargain.  It's not the best venue for everything, though, that's for sure.  I don't list nearly as much as I used to list, and with eBay saying they're going to force everyone into the hassle-free returns program and force sellers to always pay return shipping on returns, many of us will go elsewhere by the end of 2015... I think you will see a high percentage of sellers go elsewhere.

Community Member
Posts: 5
Registered: ‎12-17-2014

Re: EBAY and PAYPAL Fees too high

in reply to the_right_stuff99

correct, if you want to be an idiot and sell on ebay even knowing you might make 1 or 2 bucks on some item... because that's your only option then do it.  I dont' like it, I think its a joke and stopped selling years ago.  I do like to buy and feel for the sellers more so now...especially seeing about a 17% total charge for a basic listing I was curious about possibly doing today (other than setting a set price of 38 bucks and shipping at 7 bucks).  Ya, I have a choice not to do that.

Community Member
Posts: 5
Registered: ‎12-17-2014

Re: EBAY and PAYPAL Fees too high

in reply to billy_biggle_fan

almost makes sense....Fovernment officialpolitician?.  lol.    Joke.  the more traffic and sales you make....the more money you make in one way or another....volume, volume, volume.  Despite the xtra costs that go with the increase load and popularity, protection fees...etc..  especially for a well known and established business/site already that needs no advertixing. 

Community Member
Posts: 5
Registered: ‎12-17-2014

Re: EBAY and PAYPAL Fees too high

in reply to 12kaisha

absolutely.  I stopped selling years ago after it started goig over 8%.   I buy a lot.  I just thought about listing something...and bammm....about 17% (ebay/paypal fees) for a Basic auction, other than a set price.  I couldn't believe it.  Not going through with it.  I guess If I get/find something for practically nothing...then maybe.  But still what a joke.  great site still...mostly for buyer....especially since the protection thing...and no negative feedback for buyers (forgot when that changed.  much safer/cheaper to be Only a buyer on Ebay.

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Posts: 5
Registered: ‎12-17-2014

Re: EBAY and PAYPAL Fees too high

in reply to artie-chicago

absolutely.  I haven't sold in years becaus ethe fees started going above 8%....especially once Paypal was bought/brought into the picture....buy a lot though...and I just set up something to sell for about 38 bucks with 7 buck shipping.....with base set up, no additions other than a set BIN.  Fees come out to about 17%.   That's 17%!   What kind of **bleep** is that?   5.00 +1.65 (paypal).  so I read, know,  and am not going through with it probably.    Fees....quite the reading for the common person.    Guess people are in a different place/fram of mind than me. 

Community Member
Posts: 5
Registered: ‎12-17-2014

Re: EBAY and PAYPAL Fees too high

in reply to uncle_thrifty

I'm not following.  I haven't sold in a long time because of the fees going up.....and with the addition of Paypal.  I remember it being around 7% or so and was climing with little changes.  I just started to forego selling since I son't steal the stuff I sell  or the such....  I just decided/curious about selling something for 37.99 with s/h fee of 6.99 and my total fees come out to about 6.65.  Now this is about 17%.  Do I really want to do that.  and this is lower than consignment stores or other sources?.  WEll, haven't been in one of those for awhile.     I guess if I got stuff for pretty much nothing, like at garage sales, who cares what I make after 15-20% is taken right back.  I now have more respect for those selling on Ebay....for I buy most/many things there after comparing with Amazon and a few other sites.

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Posts: 303
Registered: ‎12-10-2004

Re: EBAY and PAYPAL Fees too high

in reply to steele2racer

The reason for this is because people would sell an item for a stupidly low price and then jack up the shipping charges in order to game the system and pay less fees.  I think it was well within eBay's right to change the charges like this.  

 

Also, for what it's worth, and I know this is not a popular view around here, but if you have ever checked rates for selling on consignment at an auction house or consignment store, you'll find that eBay's rates are consistently much lower than they charge, and you get access to a much bigger audience of potential buyers. 

 

I'm not saying I love everything about eBay, I have plenty of complaints, but this is not one of them.  There are much bigger fish to fry if you want to talk about problems with eBay, such as why traffic is down for many of us as much as 80% or more for the same quarter this year compared to last year.  THAT is a huge issue, and much more important at the end of the day than a penny or two on the dollar per sale for shipping charges.

rktoyandhobby
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Posts: 170
Registered: ‎05-04-2013

Re: EBAY and PAYPAL Fees too high

in reply to steele2racer

steele2racer wrote:
....then the **bleep**s take 10% of the shipping fee? How can you charge someone the actual cost of shipping only to have Ebay turn around and take 10% of that?

At least eBay calculates actual shipping before taking their fee and charges the same for all services.  The creeps at the river take their 10% out of a ridiculous flat $4.99 plus a little extra for Priority.

steele2racer
Community Member
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎11-24-2014

Re: EBAY and PAYPAL Fees too high

in reply to steele2racer
Sold my item for $260 plus $12 shipping. After Ebay and Paypal fees I got $236.81 for my item. What a ripoff!!
steele2racer
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Posts: 2
Registered: ‎11-24-2014

Re: EBAY and PAYPAL Fees too high

in reply to fortsasquatch
....then the **bleep**s take 10% of the shipping fee? How can you charge someone the actual cost of shipping only to have Ebay turn around and take 10% of that?
reaperofwhateve
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Posts: 1
Registered: ‎11-23-2014

Re: EBAY and PAYPAL Fees too high

in reply to violin1442000

I sell on ebay maybe a few items per year.  But recently it seems like they have ridiculous fees.  I might just not have noticed it when I sold cheaper items but now I have noticed the ridiculous fees on items that I place "priced to sell".

 

A 13% cut on items that are already being sold below market point is a painfull loss.

Community Member
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎08-22-2008

Re: EBAY and PAYPAL Fees too high

in reply to slocode111

I agree. This issue has nothing to do with seller responsibility though the point is well accepted, and understood. Some sellers will find out sooner and some later. It is just the learning curve and time it takes to get used to something which is different for everyone.

 

The issue is the fees. My opinion and I believe it is a good one is that anything above 10% is plain stealing. This is including the PayPal/Ebay steal-a-thon they are having. The combined fees should not be above 10% it should not even be 10% it should at the most, in my opinion, be 9% or below.

 

If you agree please say so and lets take control by whatever means to get the fees right. Handicapping and oppressing people is wrong, evil, stupid, malicious. People lets do something about big oppressive companies.

artie-chicago
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Posts: 959
Registered: ‎04-19-2009

Re: EBAY and PAYPAL Fees too high

in reply to slocode111

 finative:

 

Eighty six cents from every dollar to make a decent profit. Included is the cost of the item, shipping costs, and what ever else might be needed. For me it's usually packing cardboard and usually free from a local grocery store. Yeah I make a decent profit and keep my clients happy with same day shipping and quality merchandise usually better than they expect. I have been selling since 2002 and have no regrets. In fact I am very pleased with eBay/PayPal until the recent change in returns from 45 to 180 days!

 

The fees information is available to all sellers. Interesting when one investigates the sellers complaint in the end of the majority of time, it is the seller that caused their own fee problem!

 

It is your right and duty to investigate and KNOW the cost of doing business on eBay and everywhere else you choose!

 

 

 

 

“A man is not old until regrets
take the place of dreams”

— John Barrymore

 

slocode111
Community Member
Posts: 1,355
Registered: ‎04-15-2014

Re: EBAY and PAYPAL Fees too high

in reply to finative

finative wrote:

It sucks, man! I'm selling an xbox one console ($375.00) and another item ($65.00) - 10% goes to ebay with another 3% to pay-pal. That means with fees alone will cost me $48.75. And to top it off they now charge shipping fees as well, it's actually even more, so I list my items as free and I have to pay out of my own pocket the shipping. It's going to cost me about $35.00 to ship both items.

 

   83.75

-375.00

---------------

$291.25

 

Suddenly I don't want to list my items on ebay, but would rather sell them on craigslist...for free.

 

-Dave

 


This isn't your first sale on eBay. Are the fees something you weren't aware of until just the other day?
For a minute I was thinking that this was from a new seller who had been enticed to "sell your smart phone on eBay" by eBay's recent "quick, we gotta have more sellers fees" campaign.


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finative
Community Member
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎04-21-2008

Re: EBAY and PAYPAL Fees too high

in reply to theanointedhand2014

It sucks, man! I'm selling an xbox one console ($375.00) and another item ($65.00) - 10% goes to ebay with another 3% to pay-pal. That means with fees alone will cost me $48.75. And to top it off they now charge shipping fees as well, it's actually even more, so I list my items as free and I have to pay out of my own pocket the shipping. It's going to cost me about $35.00 to ship both items.

 

   83.75

-375.00

---------------

$291.25

 

Suddenly I don't want to list my items on ebay, but would rather sell them on craigslist...for free.

 

-Dave

 

theanointedhand2014
Community Member
Posts: 4
Registered: ‎09-15-2013

Re: EBAY and PAYPAL Fees too high

in reply to artie-chicago
The fees are too high, and the shipping fees are ridiculous! It seems like nothing to some but to others, it's like we are selling our stuff, to give EBay the profits. And the buyer protection is a joke ( it's nothing but a shout out to buyers to scam the sellers). I sold a item, shipped it, then uploaded the tracking information... USPS neglected to update delivery information... The buyer admitted to receiving it thru messaging. But later decided to open item no received case... eBay placed funds on hold... Disregarded the confirmation, refunded the buyer.... Case closed. So as the buyer not only did I loose my item, but I also lost the outta pocket shipping cost... This is why I don't think that the fees are fair.... eBay offer no protection to the sellers.... And if they do...I have not been made aware of!
komokwa
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Posts: 6,088
Registered: ‎03-26-2003

Re: EBAY and PAYPAL Fees too high

in reply to bronx-dog

if u look at that long enough....it starts going backwards.......

i think i'm going to frow up.......



Who will save the river valley , that's my drinking water.! "Moxy Fruvous"
bronx-dog
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Posts: 5,900
Registered: ‎01-20-2011

Re: EBAY and PAYPAL Fees too high

in reply to 12kaisha

12kaisha wrote:

You must work foe Ebay. Possibly the propaganda department.


Oh doink...  Now you've gone and done it... the secret's out.

Every time billy spreads some propaganda, eBay lets him

ride the eBay Roller Coaster and  billy likes roller coasters.

 

 

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hidy-hoo
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Posts: 7,166
Registered: ‎05-18-2013

Re: EBAY and PAYPAL Fees too high

in reply to 12kaisha

Seriously?  and I remember when gas was a buck a gallon!  No one here works for eBay ~ just a group of well-read sellers who know how to navigate the in's and out's of eBay policy to get the most bang for their buck when listing and selling their widgets ~ which translates into profits!



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Community Member
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎07-29-2006

Re: EBAY and PAYPAL Fees too high

in reply to billy_biggle_fan

You must work foe Ebay. Possibly the propaganda department. Many of us recall the original % fees that Ebay had that along with sellers launched the Company to huge success, this would never happen with the current fees.