If you strictly buy on eBay, you probably don’t have a clue as to how much eBay fees are (or care for that matter). But, sellers must take the various fees into consideration before attempting to list an item, otherwise they may be shocked to find their profit margin isn’t quite as large as expected.
First and foremost, there is always an insertion fee when you list something for sale. This insertion fee will be based on your reserve price (if you set one) or your starting price. Even if your item does not sell, you still must pay this fee.
If your item does sell then you are also charged a final value fee. This fee will vary depending on whether your item sold as an auction style listing or a fixed price listing.
So in a nutshell, the basic costs of selling an item on eBay is the insertion fee plus the final value fee.
I have not listed specific amounts since fees vary based on categories and listing upgrades. For a complete list of selling fees, click here.
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