EBay Hates Shipping!

Posted by Spat on March 21, 2011 in Cosplay, Gadgets, Movies, Props, Rant |

Or so it seems lately…

I used to sell a lot on eBay.  A LOT.  But that was before the fall of Western Civilization and the start of the recession.  I still sell on eBay, but it’s definitely not as profitable as it used to be.


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For a while now eBay has been pushing free shipping.  They’ve done everything possible to get people to offer free shipping on their items, but I never fell for it.

Between the eBay fees for listing an item (now down to .20 per item for me, but up to $2.00 for some people), the Final Value Fee (9% of the sale price), and the PayPal fees (2.9% + .30), I’m losing about $13 per $100, give or take.  Of course, this doesn’t include the shipping.

If I offered free shipping, I’d have to raise the price of the items, and then I’d be paying more in fees, even though the shipping cost doesn’t go to me, it goes to the Post Office.

Now eBay is charging the Final Value Fee on the selling price for the item PLUS the shipping.

I know this is being done to screw over the people who charge .99 for a item and then $40 for shipping (to avoid the Final Value Fee), but it also screws over people who charge the right shipping for the right items.  Like me.

So thank you, eBay.  Thank you for making it even harder to make a little money on auctions.

Anyone know of a cheaper auction site?  Or, more importantly, anyone want to buy a used Phaser Rifle?

Phaser Rifle

Star Trek Screen Used Phaser Rifle


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