Again hee's a guy rewriting the Help files form the website which are designed to make money for ebay.
Use the Reserve Price optionb, Pay the FEEs from it and watch while NOBODY BIDS because there is a reserve on the aiction.
Start it at 9.99 or .99 cents and not pay the high fees...
Then watch your item, heirloom, hard work go down the yard sale toilet with a sale and final bid price too low to pay the free shipping eBay told you to offer, or the final value fees... if anything, you might break even, but don't count on it.
IF you sell it the second time around eBay will refund your fees.
BUT if you sell it the THIRD time around eBay will sweetly charge you THREE TIMES A MUCH. You will have the fees and FVF on listing attempt #1, #12, .
if you sell it the 4th time around you get to pay the fees on #1, & #2 & #4! #3 will be credited to you like the first would have been if you sold it the second time.
let it go another two rounds and you get to pay for listings #1, #2, #3, #4, & #6
if you fee was .75 cents ebay just made $3.75 off of you, [plus the 9% FVF Plus the reserve fee, Picture Pack, pretty-pretty template.
and you only sold it for $20 bucks.
Do GOOD research.
very clearly state what ou are selling in the title make it easy to find.
Be complete in your details.
USE Auctiva for your pictures if you need as many as the Picture Pack will hold.
for 3.00 a MONTH you have a Gig of space and can use their templates for free.
If Not use the one free gallery pic.
carefully consider the title, information and img.
can you tweak it?
what has soled well in our category and what could you do to imitate that listing method and look?
Keep it simple and original if possible.
If it does NOT sell the second time definitely make some changes
Close on Thurs and Sun.
people get paid every two week more often than not, and these are usually consistent.
consider the price... last thing... don';t be bullied into a garage sale, but know your market.
Consider if it is a slow moving item, using the 30day listing available with the Fixed price option.
The FVF will be 12% but if the item is costly and you wan t a GOOD price for it, you might can increase the price a bit and let it ride a whole month.
If you an't get a realistic and justified price on ebay, search for an alternative with infinite listing time and fees only if it sell.
e-crater may still do this.
don't abandon eBay.
there is NO competitor-PERIOD. But some items may need to very long term arrangement on another venue rather than escalating fees on ebay.