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General Disorder Supporting Member of TMP01 Feb 2019 2:52 a.m. PST

Hello, I am planning on listing some figures i have on eBay for $1,800 USD usd but discovered it would cost $160 USD to list which i had to pay even if my figures didn't sell!!!
Is that really how it works?

Thanks Aaron

michaelw989 Supporting Member of TMP01 Feb 2019 4:57 a.m. PST

I don't know myself but that's why TMP here is a great way to sell figures

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP01 Feb 2019 5:14 a.m. PST

I believe so but you may get a chance for a "free" second listing if they don't sell the first time. I haven't sold on ebay in a while.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP01 Feb 2019 5:52 a.m. PST


Just set up a store ($75) you can list up to 500 items free and you get a discount on final fees. After a month shut the store down.

Schogun01 Feb 2019 5:54 a.m. PST

I don't know your actual situation, but I did a lot of ebay selling a few months ago and listing was free. Selling fee was 10%. If the item didn't sell, it automatically relisted (unless you say no).

Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP01 Feb 2019 6:11 a.m. PST

I have been selling on ebay consistently for months now and I always get free listings. Maybe if you are new they charge?

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian01 Feb 2019 6:12 a.m. PST

There are also a number of Facebook swap & sell groups that allow you to advertise your figures for free.

For example: Historical Wargamers Buy, Swap and Sell link

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Feb 2019 6:22 a.m. PST
KPinder01 Feb 2019 7:39 a.m. PST

I'm not any kind of expert on all the various formats of eBay, but normally the listing, or insertion fee, is $0.00 USD. eBay makes its' $$ on the back end. They take 10% of the final sale price, plus 10% of the amount the buyer is charged for shipping. It sounds wrong for them to take a cut of shipping, but believe me, there is no way around it.

PayPal will also take a cut. It used to be $.29 USD plus 3% of the final sale price. I'm not sure what it is anymore.

There are online calculators to help.

I plugged in $1,800.00 USD with $25 USD local shipping. eBay takes $182.50 USD. PayPal takes $53.23 USD. You pocket $1,589. USDxx. Overseas shipping will stay apples to apples, so if you have to charge $150 USD, eBay will take $15. USD It just makes your lot a whole lot less attractive internationally in the long run.

I have no idea what NZ's tax structure is for online sales. Another thing to consider.

As an initial idea, I'd post to local newsgroups to promote interest, and try to do a face to face deal at a local bring and buy.

General Disorder Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2019 5:32 p.m. PST

Cool, good information.

I thank you all.

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