5 eBay Seller Fees to Watch Out for When Selling Online

5 eBay Seller Fees to Watch Out for When Selling Online

As with any business, there are fees associated with selling a product — eBay is no different. Generally, there are five types of fees that you’ll experience while listing and selling on eBay. These eBay seller fees include:

1. Insertion fees

2. Listing upgrade fees

3. Promoted listing fees

4. Final value fees

5. Monthly fees

Whether you’re a first-time seller or run a large e-commerce business on eBay, understanding the fees you’ll have to pay will help your company turn a profit. Not only will knowing how much eBay charges for listing a product help set your pricing, but it will also have an impact on the profit margin you should expect to earn.

Without a grasp of the basic fee structure, it’s easy to make a mistake that can lead to a loss on each sale. To help you achieve maximum sales revenue, we have created the following list that breaks down each of the five fees associated with selling on eBay and how to navigate them all. 

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Insertion fees

One of the first fees eBay sellers will come across is the insertion fee. The good news is that all sellers with a basic account will automatically get 250 free zero insertion fee listings each month. For smaller eBay sellers, 250 listings might be enough; however, it might not be for individuals with large e-commerce operations. 

If you plan to have more than 250 listings per month, you can still list your first 250 items fee free, but every item listed afterward will have a $.35 fee assessed to it. Since the fee applies to auction-style and fixed-price listings, it’s essential to factor the charge into your pricing. 

How do I increase my number of zero insertion fee listings per month?

Generally, the only way to gain additional zero insertion fee listings is to sign up for a store subscription. With a store subscription, you’ll receive access to more free listings and a discounted insertion fee once you go over your limit. eBay sellers have the option between two eBay Store options — Basic and Premium

Listing upgrade fees

With millions of items sold on eBay every year, it can be difficult for new sellers to get their products in front of buyers. One option the platform offers to help improve your chances of making a sale is listing upgrades. 

These listing upgrades provide eBay sellers with a way to enhance their product listings with additional features. You can find the associated price of each optional upgrade in the following charts. 

Fixed price listings

Listing upgrade optionCost for items priced $150 or lessCost for items priced higher than $150
Bold font$4.00$6.00
List in two categoriesAdditional insertion feeAdditional insertion fee
Scheduled listingFreeFree
Listing designer$.30$.60
Gallery plus$1.00$2.00
International site visibility$.50$.50

Auction-style listings

Listing upgrade optionCost for items priced $150 or lessCost for items priced higher than $150
Bold font$2.00$3.00
Listing designer$.10$.20
Gallery plus$.35$.70
1 or 3-day duration$1.00$1.00
List in two categoriesAdditional insertion feeAdditional insertion fee
Reserve price$5.00 or 7.5% of the reserve price$5.00 or 7.5% of the reserve price

Which listing upgrades will increase the odds of my product selling?

It can be challenging to say which listing upgrades are worth it and which ones aren’t. Depending on the category you’re selling in, buyers may want to see a photo in the gallery when searching for items to buy, while others may not.  

Overall, a cost-benefit analysis of the fees and your expected sales price will help you determine which upgrades make the most sense. Over time you can try out different promotions to see which leads to more converted sales or bids on your listings. 

Promoted listing fees

All sellers who have an Above Standard seller rating and consistent account activity have the option to promote their listings on eBay. These promotions are great ways to help your items stand out from the competition and only cost you if your item sells. 

Here are the three different promotion options available to eBay sellers and their associated fees:

Monthly fees

Depending on the type of seller you want to be, you may need to pay a monthly subscription fee. The free standard plan should suffice for individuals who don’t want to have an online store and only plan to sell a few items on the platform. However, if eBay is a significant part of your e-commerce business strategy, then you should consider one of the following plans:

  • Starter
  • Basic
  • Premium
  • Anchor
  • Enterprise

It’s important to review and compare each level before settling on an option. All five plans offer different benefits and come with their own set of fees. The cheapest group, Starter, starts at $7.95 per month, while the most expensive, Enterprise, is $2,999.95.

Final value fees

The last fee that you’ll encounter happens when you convert a sale. The final value fee is assessed at the end of the sales process and is calculated as a percentage of the sale amount, plus $.30. 

eBay defines the total amount of the sale to include the following components:

  • Item price
  • Handling charges
  • Sales tax
  • Shipping service as selected by the buyer
  • Miscellaneous applicable fees

While most categories have a 10% final value fee, there are several categories where this isn’t the case. eBay provides sellers with a table that breaks down these groups and their associated final value fees.

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Selling on eBay can be difficult even for the most experienced e-commerce business owners. With the long list of fees, competition, and pricing strategies, running a successful online store takes a lot of time and resources. Having a partner that can assist you with your eBay store and accounting will help free you up to focus on converting sales and driving revenue growth.

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Volha Belakurskaja

Volha Belakurskaja

Volha is an experienced copywriter with 10+ years experience writing for the information technology and services industry and a 5+ years sole proprietorship background. Passionate about all things tech, she is especially interested in topics lying at the confluence of business and technology.

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