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Re: eBay & PayPal Seller Charges/Fees
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Thanks laurel. I kind of thought the seller was overcomplicating matters. In fact, it may be perfectly genuine --they may themselves be making this far more complicated than it actually is. I tried to explain this to them...

It is slightly embarrassing quibbling over a few bucks, but I (I'm guessing like a few of us) like a book price, & I like a postage price i.e. I like them to be clearly separate in my mind. So, for me, the postage price has to be pretty close to the actual price. I like it to be clear what I paid for the item itself.

BH

Posted on: Yesterday 13:07:32
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eBay & PayPal Seller Charges/Fees
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Can anyone on the forum, who sells on eBay, explain what charges both eBay & PayPal are currently levying against the checkout price; inc. some explanation of listing fees too, etc.

I just recently had a seller explain that he set his postage at £7 because eBay take 10% of whatever you're stating your postage to be (so 70p in this case); and PayPal would "take 30p" (so whatever that is; 4-5%?) --leaving him with, essentially, £6 to post the item; which he further broke down as £1 for packing materials + £5 for RM first class postage. Aside from whether the last breakdown is justified or not, are these eBay & PayPal charges correct? I mean, are eBay & PayPal not simply taking a percentage cut of the total checkout figure? Were they doing something different previously?

My main points to the seller were:
1) Buyers don't know this, or care --& will simply mark your postage as overpriced when leaving feedback.
2) The more you bump up your postage to compensate for money that eBay & PayPal will take --the more they will take from the postage total.

So unless I'm misunderstanding the complexity of the charges here, would it it not be easier to simply accept the percentage cuts that eBay & PayPal will take (regardless of what pot they take them from), state your postage at cost (for the benefit of the buyer & for your own feedback rating), & simply adjust your starting price (or reserve) to factor in these charges in respect to coming out of the transaction with some cash or profit? Does it really matter, to the seller, what the checkout fees breakdown is (item vs. postage), if eBay & PayPal take percentage cuts from the checkout total? Why artificially overestimate the postage element?

I'm confused...

BH

Posted on: Yesterday 6:42:13
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Re: The Wonders of...
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This is also up on ABE; and was up on ABE when the other eBay copy sold the other week. When the other Methuen was snapped up (very quickly) the other day, I was going to point this out i.e. why the hurry? There are other copies out there. There are, I think, about half a dozen on ABE right now. And there have been copies for less than $700 before. And that's not in the dim distant past; that's this year. Yes these are rare, in the sense of total numbers; but not scarce. You can always locate copies for this kind of price.

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Posted on: 10/22 2:09:16
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Re: Interesting eBay Auctions
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I agree broadly with the points you make, Stu; particularly the fact that there is very little out there right now --& therefore decent items are attracting more attention than they might normally, as there are so few of them.

I wouldn't pay $750 for a Methuen Silmarillion though...

BH

Posted on: 10/20 14:11:22
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Re: The Wonders of...
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Incidentally, here's the problem with eBay (& collecting Tolkien in 2014 generally):

Worldwide "hobbit" search: 73,411 hits.
Of this, only 7,249 (<10%) are books!
Over 40% of the items are classified under "Clothes, Shoes & Accessories"!

BH

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Posted on: 10/16 3:43:21
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