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Why are Ebay fees such a huge rip off..

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8y, 7m agoPosted 8 years, 7 months ago
Not sure if this has just happened to me, but i'm sick to death of these stupidly high fee's that I have to pay to ebay every month and on something i sell, yet i've only been using ebay for a couple of months and bought and sold in total, 16 items. Few weeks ago I sold a nokia n-gage mobile phone for £18, i thought the ebay fees would take out a small amount, the maximum a quid or something...Instead I was billed £6.25 for selling it :S. Just now i received an e-mail stating that i have been billed £1.35 for my monthly invoice for april. In april I just sold that n-gage so really the fee for selling that were £7.60 :(

This really annoys me and I feel robbed in someway lol

Anyone else been a victim to ebay fees? Share your pain!
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8y, 7m agoPosted 8 years, 7 months ago
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#1
Anyone else been a victim to ebay fees?
every bloody month
#2
Why are they such a rip off?? Because they can get away with it!!!

Saying that I often sell our unwanted stuff and make a good profit (even after fees) which I would make no money for if I just took them to the charity shop or gave them away. So I know lots slate Ebay on this forum but I personally am quite a fan.
#3
its not just the ebay fees - it paypal on top so another pound or so on top of the selling fee. And worst thing on paypal is no cover for items being sent overseas - so if they dont arrrive air sent via post office does not pay up and you are liable. Also noticed that some items can only be sold if paypal is the only payment method accepted - they says its because of high level of fraud on such items as Nintendo Wii but it gives you no extra protection as a seller and as ebay owns paypal now guarantees extra income for them - moniopoly power at its worst.
#4
Ebay is a total rip off now. This is the problem when you have a monopoly. I regularly sell larger items via the local free ads now. Paypal is even more of a rip off. It makes me angry that I am now forced to offer paypal as a payment option, forcing me to concede more fees.
#5
cos the scammin buggas have the monopoly, no real competition, if someone thinks auction site... it's ebay.

Any business that runs the monopoly does the same, hence fuel prices, we goto have fuel, damn the government!!

:x
#6
yeah i forgot to mention about paypal fee's...I haven't transferred the money to my bank account, just left it in the paypal account. From what I see, paypal doesen't take money off you if its sat in the account?
#7
Ebay charged you £6.25 for selling a item for £18 i dont think so.
banned#8
I'm sick of all the fees, you have to buy something virtually for nothing to afford to sell it on again.

I sell Avon and I have decided to ask my friend to have an Avon party at her house instead.

I will give her a discount depending on the amount of stuff sold.

I'm also considering doing a car boot sale.
#9
thej
Do they not take it off as soon as you receive it?


I think the op is a little confused about the whole thing.
#10
waterloo
Ebay charged you £6.25 for selling a item for £18 i dont think so.


Quite possible if you spent a lot of money on listing it, i.e big pics, lots of pics, highlighted item etc and start the bidding off at a higher rate. . I start EVERYTHING at 99p and pay no more than 15p to list the item, never had any problems selling at all. :whistling:
#11
I just sell stuff as buy it now for £1. I put the money I want to make as the postage cost because eBay don't charge fees on the postage.
#12
Anyone remember the good old days on ebay when you could add a little message to your listing "please add on 5% to the total to cover Ebay fees".....LOL and you could charge an Horrendous amount of postage...ahhh good old ebay....lol
banned#13
ferret1603
I just sell stuff as buy it now for £1. I put the money I want to make as the postage cost because eBay don't charge fees on the postage.



I do this but I have a lot of complaints about my postage charges.
#14
the thing I dont like with people complaining about postage, is when it costs 70 odd p to send the item, thats what people think the postage should cost, they dont take into consideration the cost of packaging, the cost of getting to the post office, and the time spent waiting in the post office. with so many postoffices closing down, it is rare to find one at the end of the street.

If you keep the listing simple. no borders, no big pictures, the one free picture, no gallery picture, low starting bid, no reserve, then the fees are low
#15
waterloo
I think the op is a little confused about the whole thing.


I think so too.

The only way that they could have such a big bill from the selling of a single item is if they put on a lot of optional selling options. B.I.N, Reserve price, Start listing at a specified time, loads of pictures etc, etc.

All this would be known to the seller before listing, as Ebay tell you how much your listing will cost before you press "The button". :)

I think the invoice received must be for the previous moonth's trades.
banned#16
thesaint;2068397
I think so too.

The only way that they could have such a big bill from the selling of a single item is if they put on a lot of optional selling options. B.I.N, Reserve price, Start listing at a specified time, loads of pictures etc, etc.

All this would be known to the seller before listing, as Ebay tell you how much your listing will cost before you press "The button". :)

I think the invoice received must be for the previous moonth's trades.

Yep - seller is confused for sure :thumbsup:
#17
as many other said ebay is not the only problem but also paypal. i have gone through nightmares with them and these customer service is not of good quality.
they charge you 3.4% +20 pence on money you revieve and you have a limit and if the limit was about to be crossed they limit you account activity and them ask you to go through very long deadly verification procedure. i have been looking for alternative and once its found i am leaving both ebay and paypal
banned#18
I found the verification process to be quick and easy for paypal.
#19
Unfortunately there is no real viable alternative and that is the real problem
#20
They dont seem to realise that the more they do this sort of thing, the less people will continue to use their precious ebay. No wonder uk revenue is down.
1 Like #21
The fees should have been has follows at most for an £18 item

Listing fees £15-£29.99 50p
Gallery fee 15p
FVF 5.25% up to £29.99 95p
paypal 3.4%+20p 82p

Total fees £2.42

Even in multiple catorgories would add another 65p and a photo pack about 90p. They could not put a reserve as the item was sold below £50.

I think you need to recheck your figures and go back yo Ebay for a refund.

Maybe the £6.25 bill was for the Compaq presario you sold end of March and the latest invoice was for the N-Gage. Ebay tend to send out their invoices at the start of the following month.
#22
ebay is a big monopoly, there is no major competitor. they are using and abusing thier position and getting away with it becuase no one comaplins to trading standards- who wouldnt care less becuase ebay pay the government alot of tax. its a win win for them and a lose for consumers.
also thier new feedback policy is stupid. iv moved onto gumtree- which is free. no ad trouble from them yet
#23
basically ebay is run by people with bananas in the wrong place

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