eBay £1 Selling Promotion for Private Sellers

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There is an eBay £1 Selling Promotion for private sellers available today – Pay a £1 insertion fee when you make a listing, and then nothing when it sells.

The eBay offer runs from Sunday the 4th to Monday the 5th of March 2018 so you’ll need to be quick, you only have 2 days if you want to take advantage.

With most private sellers having a monthly allowance of free listings and when that runs out paying £0.35 insertion fees, you’ll end up paying more up front than normal. However on the back end, if you are confident that your items will sell, the 10% final value fees will be zeroed and your total insertion and final value fees will be £1 per listing.

This is going to appeal to sellers with items they are confident will sell for over £10 or you’d be better off paying the regular fees. For significantly higher value items, limiting fees to £1 a listing seems like a pretty good deal.

eBay £1 Selling Promotion Main rules

  • Create up to 100 listings on eBay.co.uk in an eligible category
  • Listings must start during the promotional period
  • Listings can be auction-style or fixed price format
  • Pay £1 Insertion Fee per listing
  • Pay no final value fees if the item sells.
  • The promotion start and end dates are included in the email eBay sent to invited sellers – if you didn’t get the email then you won’t be able to take part.
  • The item must sell within 30 days of the listing going live.

As usual there are some excluded categories and other restrictions and this is a private seller only offer.

8 Responses

  1. There is alot of discussion on the community boards about this offer as some sellers are mistaking it for the usual £1 maximum FVF offer. It would seem some sellers have received the £1 max FVF offer and others have received the pay £1 insertion fee with no FVF and once you’ve opted in you cannot opt out.

  2. A bit naughty of eBay this offer because on my private seller account they have only just messaged me about the offer, and it’s not 2 days at all it’s valid from 7.43am today 5th March until 23.59 tonight (the 5th March) I’m sorry but that’s not 2 days, that’s 1 day

  3. We were conned by this offer. Alright we did not read the fine print! Fortunately listed a test item but were shocked by the immediate fee of £1 -not refundable. I rang and complained last night and the rep said when item finishes ring up and ask for it back! Not going to risk that for the 99 remaining – with the sales we get here we would be paying £100 fees for a few low priced sales. I understand the offer now but it was presented (as Angela says) in exactly the same format as previous regular offers of max FVF.) This is a listing fee, eBay, with free commission. Phew Nearly got conned out of £100 I recommend anyone who has been conned to ask for their fees back maybe at end of listing.
    I realise that eBay are using this as a marketing test to see if free listings are a better offer than cheap FVF BUT it was a flawed test. AND Dan Marsden I got a reworded offer email this morning so maybe everyone got a revised offer following my ( and many others I am sure) complaints. I certainly asked for my complaint to be escalated. The original offer was worded so differently from the one today so the deal should have been extended. Glad it wasn’t as I want to get OUT of the deal but cannot until expiry
    Ah well back to business account and/or Amazon listings today

  4. I think this £1 upfront fee “offer” is at best sharp / questionable business practice by eBay.

    I had the usual £1 FVF offer, my friend had the £1 upfront insertion fee. Neither of us had seen this £1 up front fee offer before, so eBay should have highlighted it better.

    But coming after a string of £1 FVF offers, and to use the same £1 amount……but change the placement of the fee to upfront will have caught a lot of people out. eBay should have made it £1.99 or something to show folks there was something different so more read it. But they relied on familiarity and assumption (yes, to assume makes an ass of u and me)

    Im afraid Tamebay’s “pro-ebay” statement above is, in my opinion, overly kind to eBay. No sale is guaranteed, so eBay will be getting a lot of £1 fees on unsold items.

    I wonder if eBay will ever publish how many £1 upfront fees came on the back of unsold items? Or how many £1’s they refunded having caught sellers unaware?

    Maybe Tamebay can follow up on those queries which will go some way to balance out their support for the £1 upfront fee above.

    To my mind the best thing is not to use the £1 upfront fee offer, now or ever. The danger is it may become standard, and that is in no ones interest, except eBay!

  5. I have received the regular offer which reads “Sell for £1 max!
    £1 max final value fee on up to 100 listings and no insertion fee”. I would definitely feel conned if they asked for £1 insertion fee, it’s just not worth it for low value items.

  6. The heading of this offer says “Enjoy £1 Selling Fees” NOT “Enjoy £1 Insertion Fees” so the offer is very misleading, ebay is so sneaky doing this, They take enough off for fees as it is. I definitely feel conned, although fortunately I didn’t list my 100 items, I only listed 15 but thats still £15 less in my pocket as my items may not sell at all and I will loose money in this.. Sending some people this offer and others the usual Max £1 final selling fee is sneaky. How many millions are they making from this con?

  7. You have to be clever and only list high value items that you hope will sell for over £10. I’d accepted the offer like many others only to gasp when seeing the fees when relisting my items.
    I did have 3 things scheduled to start later on Sunday and luckily they were expensive items that I would gain from he offer.
    I had to wait to relist my usual listing ontil Tuesday once it had expired.


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