In what observers are calling a swipe at Amazon Marketplace, eBay has taken the rare step of lowering the majority of its fees for sellers.
In a new policy, the company has eliminated listing fees for most items. Sellers with an eBay Stores subscription can list up to 2,500 items for free a month. Companies without the subscription can list up to 50 auction or fixed-price items for free. Fees still apply to listings for motor vehicles and real estate.
The site’s fees have also been simplified. When an item sells, a seller will now pay a flat 10 percent final value fee, for a maximum value of $250. For companies with eBay Store Subscriptions, the final value fees will be determined by category, with most falling in the 4 percent to 9 percent range.
“We believe the new pricing structure makes eBay the most competitively priced commerce platform in the U.S. today,” spokesman Ryan Moore tells JCK.
The company even included a comparison of its fees versus Amazon’s. According to the eBay chart, jewelry and watch sellers now pay 7.2 to 9 percent of the item’s final value, while Amazon sellers pay 15 to 20 percent.