ベン・ギルド (Ben Guild)


eBay is no longer a viable way to flip old stuff for a reasonable return… (new, high seller-fees!) 💸

I used to sell stuff that I didn't need on eBay all of the time, but man… the new fee structure is super-high. It's like 9.0% of the final auction value just to sell something there, plus other fees, too!

I sold about $800 USD worth of stuff recently, and had to pay like $85 USD afterward even after doing all of the work myself to produce the listing and ship stuff out, where as with the old fee structure it'd have been about $35 USD. 🤨 — There's also an additional cost of 3% or more when receiving money through PayPal, too, as eBay typically requires, and some other fees and costs with shipping, including photos (which you basically have to, at $0.15 USD/each!), or when offering the “Buy It Now” option.

… Is eBay even worth it anymore? — Others are noticing, too:

Expect to see fewer people using auction style listings since there is no way to cover the increase in selling fees. More fixed price (immediate purchase) listings will be used and prices will be raised moderately to cover the increased final value fees. New users who don't notice the hidden final value fees will be shocked when they are billed $35.00 for selling their Playstation 3 (or whatever), have to pay $25.00 in shipping, and another $9.00 in PayPal fees. Suddenly that $300 they got from their sale has dropped down to around $225. (Source)

Lots of people make their living there, but for the casual seller, it seems like some people are in for a real surprise here like I was. Yikes. 👎🏻