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What does it cost to sell on eBay?


eBay charges two types of selling fees: an insertion fee when you create a listing, and a final value fee when your item is sold.

Zero insertion fee listings
Every month, you get up to 50 zero insertion fee listings. You’ll only pay insertion fees of $0.35 per listing[1] once you’ve exceeded the quantity of 50 listings (for Standard listings).

Final value fees
For each sold item eBay charges 10% of the value of each completed sale. However, a maximum monthly fee does not exceed $750 per single item sold.

Final value fees on shipping
eBay calculates final value fees on shipping costs based on the shipping service the buyer chooses. However, when you offer one-day or international service and the buyer selects it, the final fee is based on whichever service is less expensive, so either:

  1. The one-day or international shipping service you offer in your listing, or;
  2. The first domestic service in your listing that isn’t one-day.

For example, if a buyer chooses international shipping and you specified free shipping as your first domestic option, you don’t pay any final value fees on shipping for that item.
If one-day or international shipping is the only service you offer, the final value fee for shipping will be based on that service.
If you’re in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, or Vietnam, and your item isn’t located in the US, final value fees on shipping are always calculated based on the shipping option your buyer chooses.

Short version
If you want your customers to cover the cost of selling on eBay, calculate the price you will charge as “x” using the following formula: x – [(total percentage fees * x) + total fixed fees] = amount you want to receive after fees.
So, you know the final value fee is going to cost you 10%. But you can’t just go slapping an extra 10% on your prices and expect that to cover the fee.
Say you plan to sell something for $40. The final value fee on that will be $4. Yet if you just increase your price to $44, that won’t cover the whole final value fee—10% of $44 is $4.40, so you still lose $0.40 to the final value fee. Not to mention your PayPal fee just went up an extra $0.12!
If you want to make sure that your final price covers the final value fee, your payment processing fee, and any other expenses, you need to keep in mind all the information above.

In general, selling on eBay is very cost effective: eBay covers your customer acquisition costs, and brings shoppers directly to your products for a small fee. And you only pay the final fee if you sell.

For full details of all of eBay’s fees, please see this link: https://www.ebay.com/help/selling/fees-credits-invoices/selling-fees?id=4364
[1] Exclusions could apply: https://www.ebay.com/help/selling/listings/listing-tips/free-listings?id=4163

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