Thursday, April 19, 2007

No eBay Fee Increases through 2009!

Not to start another controversy but it appears that eBay has made a statement regarding fee increases. Ina Steiner of Auctionbytes had this title to a post this morning. eBay Announces Quarterly Financials, Says No Fee Hikes this Year.

She pulled the following quote from the Conference Call transcript . Meg was asked a question by Bob Peck of Bear Stearns, regarding fees and this was her response:

"As we think about fees, as you know, we typically do something once a year. January would be the time that we would do something, and we have not made any decisions at this juncture. I would not be putting fee increases necessarily into your model for 2008 and 2009. I think it is really our job to drive revenue per listing and GMV growth through conversion rates, successful items and ASPs.

I highlighted a section that I think is key for sellers. If she is telling analysts not to put fee increases into their models through 2009, I would see that as throwing a bone to sellers.

There is enough wiggle room in the statement for that to change at any time. This has been one eventful Conference Call.


Joey said...

NO fee increase would definitely make me happy. I have been actively searching out other online avenues in preparation for another round of fee hikes. If this holds water it will give me more time.

Randy Smythe said...

There is plenty of wiggle room in her quote the key word in "necessarily"

I would not be putting fee increases necessarily into your model for 2008 and 2009.

But, I am hopeful that they see that fee increases are counter productive.

Anonymous said...

the ebay playbook of comments is so old at this point that they should put it up for auction and sell it in the antiques category

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