Keeping Track of Fees

There are three types of fees to consider when posting your listing:

  • eBay fees. You must pay eBay fees for posting and selling an item. These fees include insertion fees and Final Value Fees (FVF). Insertion fees are based on your starting or reserve price; whether you use BIN pricing; and whether you use eBay enhancements like subtitles, bold lettering, borders, and so forth. Final Value Fees are based on the final sale price (see below). If the buyer backs out and doesn't buy the item, you can get a Final Value Fee Credit. There are miscellaneous eBay fees if you use eBay Picture Services or Seller Tool Fees — for example, fees for using Selling Manager, Blackthorne, or other eBay software tools. In February, 2008, eBay overhauled its fee structure (to thunderous complaints and threats of boycotts). Sellers watched vinal value fees jump from 5.25% to 8.75% for items under $25. At the same time, eBay dropped its insertion fees from 25% to 50% for some categories, and began offering free gallery images and related offerings with the hope that the new pricing strategy would encourage more listings.

Final Value Fees

Closing PriceFinal Value Fee
No SaleNo Fee
$0.01 - $25.008.75% of the closing value
$25.01 – $1,000.008.75% of the initial $25.00 ($2.18), plus 3.50% of the remaining closing value balance ($25.01 to $1,000.00)
Equal to or Over $1000.018.75% of the initial $25.00 ($2.18), plus 3.50% of the initial $25.01 - $1,000.00 ($34.13), plus 1.50% of the remaining closing value balance ($1,000.01 - closing value)
  • Payment services fees. If you maintain a Premier or Business account with PayPal, you must pay fees in order to receive payments. Personal PayPal accounts are free but cannot receive credit card payments. These PayPal fees are charged to your PayPal account and not your eBay account. For more information, see PayPal Basics.

  • Shipping fees. Fees for shipping an item, such as UPS, USPS or FedEx charges, are typically passed on to the buyer and included within the final transaction fee. For more information, see the section on Shipping and Returns.

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