Wednesday, July 25, 2007

eBay France is Making some Changes!

eBay France, announced today that they were making it a requirement for core listings to use Gallery. The message is slightly confusing (my French is very rusty). They say they are getting rid of the separate Gallery Fee but the new modified listing fee appears to be the same total price as the old insertion+gallery fee. If this is truly the case, the change definitely helps the buyer experience but is a major fee increase to sellers who chose not to use Gallery (and many do because of the cost)

In the US, very few Media sellers use Gallery in their CORE listings because the cost in prohibitive with their already squeezed margins. Sue Bailey of has posted about this and has a different take. I'm slightly confused. To me, this looks like a huge fee increase to sellers who currently choose not to use Gallery because of the cost.

If anyone here has some insight, I would love to hear it. Many thanks to one of my readers for pointing this out and providing me with the announcement translation into English.


Anonymous said...

It looks like Media gets gallery for free, as well as lower store fees (.01 Euro per 30 days), with a 12% fvf.

So if that's the case, they're not negatively impacted. One category I could see really hurt by this is postcards, but most will benefit I think

Randy Smythe said...

I certainly see the value for the buyer experience and if its true media does not get hit substantially I would withdraw my opposition. We will have to wait and see how this shakes out.

I'm always in favor of dealing with things by the category. This broad brush stuff just ticks me off.