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post #1 of 15
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I listed an item for sale recently but no one entered a bid and ebay is now trying to charge me approximately $10 as the selling fees. Is there a way to avoid paying this? Thanks.
post #2 of 15
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Originally Posted by Ed355
I listed an item for sale recently but no one entered a bid and ebay is now trying to charge me approximately $10 as the selling fees. Is there a way to avoid paying this? Thanks.

Isn't this what you agreed to when you listed the item? Some items you can relist, and if they sell the second time, you only have to pay one fee.
post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by Ed355
I listed an item for sale recently but no one entered a bid and ebay is now trying to charge me approximately $10 as the selling fees. Is there a way to avoid paying this? Thanks.

assuming those were the listing fees, there's no reasonable way to avoid it.

did you have a reserve price on the item?
post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by NoVaguy
assuming those were the listing fees, there's no reasonable way to avoid it.

did you have a reserve price on the item?

No, I did not. I thought you can avoid paying if the winner of the auction fails to pay you. If that's the case, I thought it would be reasonable to argue that if the item did not attract a bid, the owner should not have to pay. Either way, the owner did not manage to sell the item.
post #5 of 15
are you saying you listed something one time and they're charging you $10? that doesn't sound right, but there is no way to avoid paying the listing fees just b/c nobody bids
post #6 of 15
Stu is, of course, correct. $10 is a lot to list one item but we don't know the item and the add-ons you chose. Ebay gets you two or three ways: There is a fee to list, a 'final value fee' when it sells, and of course ebay subsidiary paypal gets a percentage if the buyer pays that way. If the item fails to sell, the second and third fees don't apply, but the first one always does.
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by discostu004
are you saying you listed something one time and they're charging you $10? that doesn't sound right, but there is no way to avoid paying the listing fees just b/c nobody bids

Yes, approximately $10 as I added some borders to the auction and that's extra. I guess I need to suck up the fees. Thanks guys.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by Ed355
Yes, approximately $10 as I added some borders to the auction and that's extra. I guess I need to suck up the fees. Thanks guys.


it probably does depend on the item, but i usually skip the borders and extras.

i generally list 10-20 items, at either an agressive but fair fixed price or a high starting price, whenever ebay runs a 10 cent listing sale. no frills, except possibly the best offer option. one picture through ebay, occasionally extra pictures through imageshack.

keeps down ebay's take while ensuring i'm getting more than my minimum. of course, i don't have that much to sell.
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by NoVaguy
it probably does depend on the item, but i usually skip the borders and extras.

i generally list 10-20 items, at either an agressive but fair fixed price or a high starting price, whenever ebay runs a 10 cent listing sale. no frills, except possibly the best offer option. one picture through ebay, occasionally extra pictures through imageshack.

keeps down ebay's take while ensuring i'm getting more than my minimum. of course, i don't have that much to sell.


How do you link to imageshack through ebay? I've posted images here using imageshack, but I didn't realize that ebay would allow it.
post #10 of 15
borders, highlights, bold, stand out color for your ad, reserve fees, gallery, and all such add ons can and will make your cost go to and above 10 dollars per listing.

before you hit OK to list the item, the summary of costs is given to you. you were charged 10 dollars prior to listing.

if the item sells, a final sale fee is added to your account. if the bidder fails to purchase or returns the item, you have the option to get a refund on the final sale fee.

however, no matter what, whether you have 20 bids or no bids, the listing fee is what you agreed to pay ebay.
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by thinman
How do you link to imageshack through ebay? I've posted images here using imageshack, but I didn't realize that ebay would allow it.

I simply paste the thumbnail picture link into the text of the description. I've never had any problem with ebay about doing it, although I don't know if its acceptable or not.
post #12 of 15
To avoid fees on a motorcycle I was selling through eBay, I put in the description that the auction was for a picture of the motorcycle, but that it happened to be on sale for $2K and to send me an e-mail if they were interested in buying.

The only problem is that despite putting in big, bold, multi-colored letters that the auction was just for a pic, there were people who would bid as if bidding on the motorcycle itself. I would then have to contact the people to clarify what my auction was about, and allow them to retract their bids so the auction wouldn't close with a high price (and resulting high fee).
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by NoVaguy
i generally list 10-20 items, at either an agressive but fair fixed price or a high starting price, whenever ebay runs a 10 cent listing sale. no frills, except possibly the best offer option. one picture through ebay, occasionally extra pictures through imageshack.
How do you know when ebay is running a listing sale?
post #14 of 15
Thanks NoVaguy, I'll try it with my next ebay sale.


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Originally Posted by NoVaguy
I simply paste the thumbnail picture link into the text of the description. I've never had any problem with ebay about doing it, although I don't know if its acceptable or not.
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by dah328
How do you know when ebay is running a listing sale?

It's usually noted on the home page. You just have to check ebay every day.

edit: you might also get a message in your ebay messages a few days in advance.
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