There are some nice features coming down the line to make selling easier and less troublesome in the .
Immediate payment for BIN
From May a Buy It Now will not be “bought” until it’s paid for. Buyers will be asked to pay immediately, but if they delay payment then another buyer can still purchase the item up until the first buyer makes payment. This is effectively the end of unpaid items for fixed price items on eBay.
If a buyer doesn’t want to pay immediately then they should use the eBay shopping basket instead.
This will only apply to items where PayPal is the only payment option and high priced items will also be excluded from the immediate payment requirement.
Best Offer’s only complete when paid
Currently if a buyer makes a best offer and you accept it then you have to wait for the buyer to pay. In the mean time the item is considered sold and so unavailable for other buyers. From May eBay will start testing the ability to accept multiple Best Offers and the first buyer to actually pay wins the item.
Similar to BINs only being sold when paid for, this will also help reduce the incidence of unpaid items and inventory sitting on your warehouse shelves which can’t be sold while you’re waiting for a buyer to accept your offer and pay.
In early May there will be some category changes. Final Value fees may change as a result and you may need to update item specifics in affected listings.
Google have now rolled out paid for Product Listing Ads in the UK as a replacement for Google Shopping which was free. If you want eBay to pay to promote your products then it’s essential that you add unique product identifies (preferably UPC, EAN codes).
I’ve seen many sellers simply making up their own part codes – if you do this it won’t help your products show up in Google. Use the Custom Label Field for your own internal SKU numbers and use the official part code in the Product Identifier field.
In the next few months the new Business Policies Tool will be rolled out to enable you to manage your own custom settings for postage, returns and payments in a central location. Rather then specifying the details each time you list, you’ll be able to specify sets of data and select the appropriate data set for a listing saving time.
From the middle of May you’ll need to list tickets on Stubhub rather than on eBay.
eBay for Charity
From today there’ no longer be a £1 minimum donation when selling with eBay for Charity. Once you specify the donation percentage that’s now exactly the donation you’ll make, even if it is less than a pound.