eBay have confirmed two changes coming into effect with the fee and listing structure changes on the 24th September.
In the past, if a listing ends without a sale it could be relisted and if sold the second time of listing the insertion fee would be refunded. From the 25th there will be no more relist credits on fixed price listings, although they’ll still be available for unsold auction items.
Under 99p BINs
The second change is much more important and announces the end of sub 99p items on fixed price listings. From the 25th 100s of 1000s of items will no longer be available at their current prices. Sellers will have three options – increase their prices, bundle items to justify the cost or simply cease offering them for sale on eBay.
In a survey on TameBay 25% of sellers said they’d direct buyers to their own website for low cost items with a further 12% stating they’d simply stop selling them. These are products which simply won’t be offered on eBay in the future.
Buyers of items ranging from postcards, stamps, crafts and even mundane items such as electrical fuses and cables will be affected. There is an argument that sellers could simply raise their prices for many products, but why would buyers buy on eBay when they can buy cheaper elsewhere? Also raising prices simply doesn’t work for many pick’n’mix type products where buyers wish to choose a unique selection of items.
eBay need to realise that the avid postcard collector who spends his 20p/card with free carriage on additional items is the same person who’ll be browsing eBay for Christmas presents later in the year. If that buyer starts buying his postcards on eBay rival eBid, guess where he’ll probably be doing his Christmas shopping this year?
One of the greatest reasons for shopping on eBay has always been you could literally buy anything on the site. In two weeks time that will no longer be the case and eBay will be much poorer for it.