There’s an interesting update re free listings allowances for sellers on eBay.com. Similar to the UK, in the US sellers without an eBay Stores subscription get 50 free listings per month. Up until now they’ve been auction style listings but in the future they can be .
In the UK private sellers get an allowance of 100 free auction style listings with a start price of 99p or less. However with the frequency of free listing promotions in reality you can list at any start price you like, if you don’t mind waiting a few days to list.
It would be no surprise to see an eBay in the future with no insertion fees for listings. Business sellers in the UK can now access free fixed price listings with an anchor shop, not only on eBay UK but also on International eBay sites. Even Basic and Featured shops now get a small allowance of free listings.
eBay’s ultimate aim is to remove all listing fees and do away with the last fee barrier to selling with fees only payable for listing enhancements and final value fees. If you don’t sell there’s minimal or no financial risks. What’s interesting is the difference in approached between sites – will private sellers in the UK start to access free fixed price listings in the near future?
It would be no surprise to see free fixed price listings for private sellers in the UK, eBay have already experimented with free fixed price promotions, the last of which was November last year.
Watch out for more changes in the future, but if you had a choice what format free listings would you want to see? Higher start price free listings or fixed price listings for private sellers? For business sellers would you like to see larger free fixed price listings for business sellers, free auction listing (either 99p start or any price start), or more free international countries opened up for free listings or free International Site visibility?