eBay Seller Release – UK Fee Changes

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The bad news is that eBay will start to charge fees on the total cost to buyers – i.e. fees charged on the sale price plus postage.

The good news is reduced final value fees, capped fees in some categories, more free listings for eBay shops sellers and reduced auction insertion fees for everyone.

Final Value Fees from 4th September 2013

New fee caps in many categories
Fees are now charged on postage


Current Final Value Fee

Final Value Fee from September

Clothes, Shoes & Accessories 12% 11%
Collectables 10% 9%
Consumer Electronics 5% 5% with a FVF Cap of £10
Furniture, Bath, Holidays & Travel 10% 10% with a FVF Cap of £40
Media 9% 9%
Tyres 8% 6% with a FVF Cap of £15
Vehicle Parts & Accessories and all other Electronics Vehicle Parts & Accessories 8%
and all other Electronics 5%
Watches 12% 11% with a FVF Cap of £50
All other categories 10% 10%

Insertion Fees from 4th September 2013

Flat rate auction insertion fees
Anchor Shop fee reduced from £349.99 to £249.99
More free listings for Basic and Featured Shops

Shop Subscription

Monthly shop Fee

Free Fixed Price Listings

Additional Fixed Price Listings

Sub 99p Auction Fee

£1 and over Auction Fee

No Shop £0 0 30p 10p 30p
Basic Shop £19.99 200 10p 5p 15p
Featured Shop £59.99 1200 5p 5p 15p
Anchor Shop £249.99 Unlimited Included 5p 15p

Finally don’t forget that from the 1st of August Top Rated Seller discounts are changing.

Top Tip: Move your P&P costs into your item selling price as the new eBay Top-rated seller discounts will be based on that price

That’s the fee changes that affect eBay UK listings out of the way. Now read our post on International Cross Border Trade as eBay have a ton of great news to share there include fee reductions.

26 Responses

  1. Seems to me that charging fees on the postage costs will discourage international selling.

  2. It seems that the fee cap is only in certain categories which is a bit disappointing.

  3. The answer is simple. Increase both the domestic and International postage costs by around 12 to 15% to cover the actual cost taken by ebay. Seems like suicide on ebay’s part to me as it has the potential to make ebay look less desirable than the high street or to dealing directly with the sellers website, neither of which have this fee hidden in their costs. Time will tell how it will work out.

  4. I don’t see how they will be able to charge me fees for delivery of heavy and bulky items. Most of the time I speak to the customer and take a card payment and the checkout isn’t even completed without having to send an invoice.

  5. I’m hoping that the charge for additional fixed price listings with a featured shop is actually going to remain at 5p, rather than the 10p rate in the chart above?

    10 p I think is for those with a basic shop.

  6. The postage idea is just to give ebay a massive pay rise and they claim is wanted by customers i asked my customers and all said why would we want you to charge us £12 per item free shipping so £24 for two when before it was £10 plus £2 shipping and two were £20 with combined shipping. Most sellers are saying they will mark as dispatched but it will not be to keep the 1 day dispatch correct.

    Apparently ebay will tell you what colour van your business must have in the next wave of changes

  7. Can you confirm they are shaving £100 off the anchor store price from £350 to £250?

  8. This seems to be Robin Hood territory in reverse….and is it actually legal to charge a final value fee on postage. I wonder if when I next buy at an auction house they’ll charge me an extra buyers premium on the taxi fare home !!!

  9. the only issue I have here is how/when do they charge postage

    I sell with a combined postage deal of £1.95 for one to 10 items

    if a customer purchases 10 items

    do I get charge 20p for the £1.95 they pay

    or £1.95 for the 10 lots of £1.95

    which wipes out my postage charge??

    at present we pay fvf on an item if its paid for or not – so how will they apply this postage fvf fee ??

    and I cant go free postage as loads of items priced at £0.99 will go up to £2.99 and if a customer buys 10 they pay nearly £30 instead of neary £12!!!!!

  10. EBay have tried to push sellers into offering free postage because Amazon offered free postage, and have some misguided impression that free postage is required in order to compete with them. Only now, Amazon have realised that free postage isn’t sustainable, and have started charging postage orders under £10! It will interesting be to see how eBay handle this given the strength of opinion. It is an unnecessary unsustainable step that will only result in negative publicity.

  11. .
    Free postage is a great idea!!

    I spend ££££ each month on postage and couriers. Its my single biggest expense.

    I’d love to have free postage and would sign up now. Can someone please tell me where I can get it???

  12. Having successfully managed Amazon out of our business, eBay will be the next to go. Sales for Vanity Profit for sanity.

  13. i have a question (sorry if its a silly one!)

    i have just done the maths and i have upgraded to a featured shop that comes with 1200 free listings,

    does these 1200 listings count as in 1200 INDIVIDUAL listing pages (eg item numbers) or does the 1200 count as in i could list 12 listings with a quantity of 100 units each?



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