eBay has recently made some updates to its fees for US sellers. Starting February 15, 2023, some of the fees will increase while others will remain unchanged. The company has stated that the maximum increase in any one category would be 0.35%.
In the Winter Seller Update of 2023, eBay announced that most categories would see a fee increase from 12.9% to 13.25%. Sellers of books and media will experience an increase from 14.6% to 14.95%.
While the fee increase may be seen as a negative change, eBay has also made some positive updates in the way it handles fees. Firstly, the company will now refund its 30-cent per-order fee in more situations where the seller voluntarily refunds a buyer:
“Last year we announced that we’ll give your $0.30 per-order fee back to you when you approve a buyer’s cancellation request before you ship your item. Based on positive feedback we received from sellers, we’re expanding the per-order fee credit when you provide excellent service to the buyer by issuing a full refund. Starting February 15, 2023, when a buyer returns an item for any of the following reasons, we’ll extend the $0.30 credit for returns that you voluntarily refunded.“
Additionally, eBay has also decided to stop charging for two of its upgrades: The buy It Now listing upgrade for auction-format listings and the Scheduled listing upgrade. The company has also made changes to how it charges for certain optional upgrade fees, such as the Bold and Gallery Plus listing upgrade fees, which will no longer be based on the auction starting price or Buy it Now item price.
In conclusion, while some fees will increase, eBay has also made some positive changes that may benefit its sellers. Overall, the impact of these changes will vary for different sellers and it remains to be seen how these updates will be received in the marketplace.