eBay is to level the playing field by removing final value fee volume discounts. Announced to sellers via email today, this effectively raises fees for high volume sellers with the 4% and 8% discounts being ended. The news comes outside the normal eBay Seller Release flow with the last eBay Business Updated landed just a week ago – you can read other news that may impact your business here.
Sellers who turned over more than £25,000 a month could access a 4% discount and sellers turning over more than £200,000 a month received 8% discount on their final value fees. These discounts will end on the 20th of March 2022.
We want to share some news with you about an update to fees which will affect some sellers.– eBay
From 20 March 2022, business sellers will no longer be eligible for final value fee volume discounts. This will only affect you if your total sales volume has been at least £25,000 in the previous three months.
This change will take effect for all sales from that date onwards, regardless of when the item was listed, relisted or renewed.
You can get more information about business seller fees here.
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Sellers who didn’t have the high volume to benefit from the fees might see this as a levelling of the playing field, but sellers over the higher level will be dismayed at an effective fee increase of 8.7%. This impacts eBay top business sellers with the highest turnovers.
One side impact is that sellers who were slightly below the £25,000 or £200,000 levels will now no longer have the incentive to increase their sales to access the next level of discounts. There was previously a big incentive to up sell through rates to break the discount barrier and have the discount applied to all sales but this has now been removed.
If you operated at high volume then it’s not a great news day for you. If your sales were below £25,000 a month, then there is no impact at all to you barring the removal of the incentive to grow your sales to access the discounts.