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    Ebay/paypal costs

    Can someone direct me on how to find the ebay and paypal fee's for each sale. On Paypal I only see ebay costs per month and no paypal charges are shown.

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    Paypal charges are shown by item (I am sure there is a way to see it in total, but I've never looked as my spreadsheet auto-calculates it 30 cents + 2.9% or something like that)

    So in paypal, say you got $5.99 for an item. Paypal will show 5.52 coming in (it automatically takes the 30 cent fee plus 2.9%).
    eBay gets their cut once a month, paypal takes theirs after every transaction
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    A general rule of thumb is ebay+paypal fees run about 13%.
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    Thanks guys, 13% wow! I didn't know it was that much.

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    yeah, many people complain about the fees, but the fees are much smaller than what an individual would have to pay for overhead for a store... marketing, web hosting, utilities, etc
    Even when traffic is slow on eBay, it would take a lot of work to drive that same traffic to a new site/personal site/brick& mortar store (with even more overhead).
    craigslist is free, but the audience is limited. Other sites may be cheaper, but again the traffic is limited or the markets are not open to everything.

    Footnote:
    I'm far from an ebay cheerleader, but I will say the fees could be much worse (knock on wood).

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    13% is not bad, especially when you add in the costs of being able to take credit cards. Plus, you reach a global market. The things I sell don't sell well around here.

    If you look at online collectibles auctions like Heritage, the seller's commission there is 20% - 25%. Plus the buyer will also have to pay a buyer's premium on the other side.

    We should all be thankful ebay's fee's aren't higher. Although charging a final value fee on shipping is pretty shady, if you ask me.

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    I know I used to be able to use PayPal gift to send money - for free. Now over the last few months they're charging me for that. I sent $1500 and they charged me like $43 for that.
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    It's a bargain. When I was moving I contacted a local auction house in NH to see what it would cost to have them auction off the stuff I didn't feel like bringing to Tennessee. This was just for me to take it all to them and have them put it in their regularly scheduled Monday night auction. Nothing special and no real work on their part. They get 40%
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    Quote Originally Posted by NHBandit View Post
    It's a bargain. When I was moving I contacted a local auction house in NH to see what it would cost to have them auction off the stuff I didn't feel like bringing to Tennessee. This was just for me to take it all to them and have them put it in their regularly scheduled Monday night auction. Nothing special and no real work on their part. They get 40%
    Wow, I charged 50% to do an estate sale and felt a little bad about it. But me and two other people worked our tails off for a solid week.

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    As a new ebay seller, I didn't know they charged that much. After I sold a couple things I saw how much was Pay Pal charges and I thought that was it. Then I got hit with the ebay fee at the end of the month. I has been selling my stuff cheaper than similar items on ebay and now I know why. I had to raise my prices a little to make any real profit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeepseekerADS View Post
    I know I used to be able to use PayPal gift to send money - for free. Now over the last few months they're charging me for that. I sent $1500 and they charged me like $43 for that.
    You still can send money to friends and family for free. You have to use the "friends or family option" that's all. They more or less changed the gift option to friend or family option.

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    I have a booth in an antique store that I sell in also. I pay them $100/month for the booth plus 10% of sales. If the buyer uses a card, which close to half do, it's another 3%. On top of that, I get to deal with filing sales tax and all that jazz. The only reason I have the booth is so that I can move larger items. I kept coming across incredible deals on furniture and it hurt to let them go. It's also a good place for me to sell fragile stuff.

    Craigslist and Facebook are the best, if you can get a decent price. Nothing beats getting cash that you get to keep 100% of.

    13% is worth it to have access to the market. That's why people *****, but very few leave.
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    13 % and EBay tells you how you can sell and how long the buyer can keep your stuff and still demand a refund.

    Nothing will ever change as long as sellers are willing to give up their rights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Treasure_Hunter View Post
    13 % and EBay tells you how you can sell and how long the buyer can keep your stuff and still demand a refund.

    Nothing will ever change as long as sellers are willing to give up their rights.
    Ebay is a private company, not a government with a constitution.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jerseyben View Post
    Ebay is a private company, not a government with a constitution.
    Duh no kidding, never said it was, doesn't mean you tolerate them violating your rights as sellers...
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