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Just wanted to pass this along so folks don't lose money on selling items on eBay. They have a new fee structure. They no longer charge for placing an item on eBay. However, they double charge fees when your item sells. It works like this:

1. Item sells for say $1.04.
2. Final value fee is 9% or $.09 in this case.
3. Shipping charged to the buyer is $10.95 (medium flat rate box) in this case.
4. Paypal charges $.65 for receiving $1.04 plus $10.95.
5. eBay charges a "Final Value plus shipping" fee of 9% or $.99 in this case.

That means your eBay fees are $1.08 on an item you sold for a $1.04.

Do NOT use the "print shipping label" option from eBay. I don't know if you'll still be charged the fee if you print your shipping label from PayPal. But I do know you will not be charged the fee if you go directly to your shipper's web site and print your shipping label there. Its a little more difficult but it beats losing money.
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I used to be very active on ebay as a buyer, but even that got too complicated, and was starting to show the signs of issues for the seller, so I opted to spend my $ elsewhere. This scenario that you described.....doesn't surprise me at all. Like every other corporation, the bigger they get, the greedier they get....and ebay sure has gotten big.
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Wonder if my step mom knows about this, she uses Ebay quite a bit, I'll pass this on!

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The OP example doesn't work out that way in all cases, for example a $5 sale with $5 shipping.
$.45 1st fee.
$.65 paypal
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$2.00 total fees

item profit $3.00
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I only sell things on eBay that I know I can't sell on Craigslist. Usually it needs to be more then $10 and less then $60
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I'm still going to buy off of ebay cause there are items on there that is a pain the neck to find elsewhere. But as for selling my aparts on there... might as well do it on amazon then....
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