a “cheap listing weekend” for the 8th and 9th March. Auctions with a start price of 99p or lower get free insertion fees.
Do read the small print on this one: as normal, there is a list of ineligible categories (motors, property, mobile phones with contracts): buy it now items and multiple item (Dutch) auctions are also excluded.
Running over a weekend, with plenty of notice, and pitched at low-start auctions, one might think this was a promotion designed to appeal to casual and hobby sellers; in fact says as much: “You’re free to list as many items as you like, so why not take advantage of this offer and have a spring clearout?”
No doubt there’ll be a striker or two seeing this as eBay’s attempt to lure them back to the path of righteousness, but I think it’s too soon after the fee changes to see this as eBay’s reaction to seller reaction to those changes. The UK almost always has a listing promotion in the second week of the month; sometimes, a listing promotion is just a listing promotion.