If you are a Blog Utopia reader, feel confident you are one of the first to get this info. Though I think Ina Steiner and Chris and Sue at Tamebay have the info as well.
There are a lot of changes and rather than give you my 12% on each of them, I've decided to just list them, so that the info can get out quickly. I will post a follow-up with my 12% probably later this evening or tomorrow morning.
Fees: (Changes go live Sept. 16, 2008)
- No changes to Auction Format fees. (All categories)
- No changes to Store Format fees. (All categories)
- Fixed Price items will now have a 30-day duration with GTC (Good Till Canceled) in CORE for a flat $0.35 per listing. (Exception is Media)
Example: One FP (Fixed Price) listing with a qty. of 100 Ipods will be available for 30 days in core for only $0.35. Yes, that is correct, start price and quantity no longer add to the cost of a Fixed Price listing. With the current pricing you would have to pay $4 for a 7-day FP listing.
- The Fixed Price FVF may go up or down, depending on the category. Each category has a different FVF percentage.
Example: Computers went down to 6% FVF, Consumer Electronics went down to 8% and Media went up to 15%. I did not get access to the changes for each category in time for this post. These FVF changes are on Fixed Price items only.
Media Specific changes:
- Media listings (CDs, DVDs, Video Games, Books, etc.) will have a $0.15 cent 30-day Fixed Price fee, but if a seller lists a FP item with the pre-filled catalog information, it will cost only $0.05 for each Fixed Price listing. (Again no matter what the start price or quantity available)
- FVF will rise to 15%
- Shipping and Handling will be capped in the media category.
Example DVD's and CD's will have a $3 cap for S&H on domestic standard service. (This change will go live in early October. Video Games, Books will have a different cap. Media is the only category with a S&H cap at this time.
Expect to see more promos going forward for the use of Free Shipping, including advantage in search and double FVF discounts on items with Free Shipping -- more details to follow.
Beginning Nov. 1st, sellers with a 4.25 rating on any of the 4 DSR ratings will be suspended. According to eBay, this is a very small percentage of sellers.
Beginning in late October, checks and money orders will no longer be an acceptable method of payment on eBay. Sellers can use a Merchant Account, PayPal or other acceptable payment method. (Don't even ask)
Finding 2.0 Changes: (I'll post more about this later)
- Auctions will get their own Best Match sort with a heavier weighting on ending soonest, in addition to the trust factors and S&H.
- Fixed Price listings will have their own Best match sort with limited to no weighting for ending soonest and the addition of Recent Sales History.
- The two formats will still be displayed on the same page, but will no longer be sorted the same way. Basically, the current Best Match was not ideal for both formats.
Other bits of info:
- Classic Search will be replaced completely by Finding 2.0 some time in 2009.
- eBay Express will be shut down (no timeline).
I heard a lot of stuff today, so forgive me for the "Plain Jane" approach to posting this. I felt it was better to get the info out as quick as possible and it will take some time to analyze these changes.
I still haven't had time to do the math, but at first glance I can see some positives in these changes -- I know, I know, I must have spent too much time in the Sun.
There is a lot to go through, so I will follow-up this post shortly.
Just my 12%