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Best way to make eBay take less fees?

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Hi, i have started selling some stuff on eBay, because of the credit crunch so i have enough money to eat! Anyway they take quite a lot of fees and so does paypal. So my items sell for around the £50… Read More
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banned8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months ago
Hi,
i have started selling some stuff on eBay, because of the credit crunch so i have enough money to eat! Anyway they take quite a lot of fees and so does paypal. So my items sell for around the £50-£70 mark, how should i list the item so eBay take less fees, e.g. will making it buy it now make a difference, or starting the bid price at £0.99? And i think there isn't anything i can do for paypal to take less fees, so im mainly interested in eBay fees. Thanks.
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banned8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months ago
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#1
Depends on what you are selling, some final value fee reductions if you offer free postage and packing in some catergories, but other than that you ave to pay the fees, balance the buy it now price of what you are selling with the fees you have to pay, if you are still competitive with other sellers, and you sell your item , you win, more so if you need the cash for stuff you do not need.
#2
You could ask people to pay via Paypal gift on the more expensive items or you could take in postal orders as these cost nothing to you and you have to go to the post office anyway to send the item. You could also accept bank transferes. Could save you on the paypal fees. OR you could sell on here no fees at all!!
banned#3
im selling xbox 360 accessories e.g. 120gb hd's, wireless network adapters etc.
banned#4
benhorne12
You could ask people to pay via Paypal gift on the more expensive items or you could take in postal orders as these cost nothing to you and you have to go to the post office anyway to send the item. You could also accept bank transferes. Could save you on the paypal fees. OR you could sell on here no fees at all!!


i loved selling on here, but they said you can't sell to make even a slight profit even though my prices were cheaper than any other available.
#5
You have to offer paypal on Ebay listing but not accept it if you make it clear on your listing that the item is say collect in person with payment on collection. ( do not mention the word CASH or some one will have your listing pulled.
#6
:roll:
askfareed
i loved selling on here, but they said you can't sell to make even a slight profit even though my prices were cheaper than any other available.


Amazed at that, you were selling cheaper than any one and you were in the wrong.? Sad.:thinking:
banned#7
Ginner
You have to offer paypal on Ebay listing but not accept it if you make it clear on your listing that the item is say collect in person with payment on collection. ( do not mention the word CASH or some one will have your listing pulled.


no i don't mind posting it off and using paypal as paypal take around £2 or £3. However ebay have taken £13 in fees for one month and i have only sold two items, for £65 each.
#8
Ginner
:roll:

Amazed at that, you were selling cheaper than any one and you were in the wrong.? Sad.:thinking:


the fs section is for people to sell their "clutter" not for businesses to make profits ...... which he is :thumbsup:
#9
if your confident they will sell high start bidding at 0.01p, i think it lowers listing fees and actually brings in more interest
#10
You could always try eBid. Free to post items and you only pay a 3% fee if they sell, or you can pay £49.99 and get lifetime 0% listing and selling fees.
banned#11
Hardly anyone uses the other sites like eBid. Also if starting it at £0.01 makes a difference to the fees i may do that as currently i start it at £0.99 which isn't much of a difference.
#12
There might be less people using eBid but it only needs one person to buy each item, it's not necessarily all about footfall. I'd try listing on eBid with a high enough reserve and if it doesn't sell, you don't need to pay anything. You can't lose anything that way and it might just work out better for you.
#13
4leafed
There might be less people using eBid but it only needs one person to buy each item, it's not necessarily all about footfall. I'd try listing on eBid with a high enough reserve and if it doesn't sell, you don't need to pay anything. You can't lose anything that way and it might just work out better for you.


Didn't know they were free to list on. That's pretty good for some items I suppose, books and the like that generally don't sell. If it's quick and easy to list I might just try them sometime. Thanks :thumbsup:
banned#14
ok i may try it, but is there anything i can do to change the amount eBay take off me?
1 Like #15
You could try selling them free through your local Friday Ad free paper,

http://www.friday-ad.co.uk/
#16
The only way to aviod fees on ebay is against the rules (official term "fee avoidance")and if it gets reported they will remove the listings and give you a warning. But if you wish to try it just list at 99p buy it now with a very large postage fee (make sure you point out the large postage fee to avoid negative feedback), you dont pay ebay fees on postage, you would still pay the same fees on paypal though
#17
you could also try gumtree, free and easy.
#18
spenz09
The only way to aviod fees on ebay is against the rules (official term "fee avoidance")and if it gets reported they will remove the listings and give you a warning. But if you wish to try it just list at 99p buy it now with a very large postage fee (make sure you point out the large postage fee to avoid negative feedback), you dont pay ebay fees on postage, you would still pay the same fees on paypal though


Thats not a good idea,the OP could end up having his account suspended for that!

The op needs to factor his profit into the selling price,if you can't make enough profit then you need to sell them for a higher price or stop listing if you're selling at a loss.
#19
There's really no way round it sadly. They get you several ways. Insertion fee, extra pictures, subtitle, final value fee, paypal fees. Most people used to add on a bit extra to postage but you can't really get away with that now either as they introduced the 5 star policy on feedback. If your postage costs are rated at less than 3.8 or something like that your listings will show at the end and not in order of when item finishes. So basically you have to pay the ridiculously exagerated fees.

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