Anger rises as eBay Australia hike seller fee costs, set to start soon

eBay Australia to unfairly slug sellers with new postage fee from May, sellers up in arms about the decision to increase fees.

Ben Gourlay
Published Thu, Mar 27 2014 1:20 AM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

Just when it seemed that eBay has finally stabilized their ever changing fee and user structures, Australian users have been slugged with an additional new 10% postage charge in an email sent out to registered users earlier today.

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Under the auspices of the otherwise innocently named "Changes to the fee structure", from May 6th sellers will now be charged a flat 9.9% fee on the price of all goods sold, including the price that sellers charge for postage. Whilst eBay are continuing to encourage sellers to not charge buyers for postage, TweakTown has spoken to a number of sellers disgusted to eBay's latest fee hike, whom have indicated that they will have no choice but to charge higher rates for postage to compensate for this charge.

Some have indicated that this change will unfairly target Australians in favor of overseas sellers, whose cost of shipping goods is negligible, compared to the rising costs of shipping goods via Australia Post.

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In the last few years, eBay Australia has continued to raise fees and also continued to steer buyers to purchase goods through PayPal (a subsidiary of eBay international), which extracts even further fees from sellers.

At the time of going to print, eBay Australia has not responded to our questions on this matter.

Ben is based in Australia and has been writing entertainment based news and reviews since 2002 and for TweakTown since 2007. A student of film, Ben brings a wide understanding of the medium to the latest happenings in entertainment circles and the latest blockbuster theatrical reviews.

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