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eBay- How fees work

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The information on this page is for most, but not all, item categories sold with auction-style or fixed price listings.

Fees are different for:

In addition to the fees described here, other fees may apply, such as seller tool fees, Stores subscriber fees, and PayPal fees.

Estimate your fees for a specific listing:

How fees work

There are 2 main types of fees for selling: basic fees and optional fees.

How these fees are charged depends on the category of the item, the selling format you choose, the length (or duration) of your listing, and if you're a Stores subscriber.

We recommend that you review your invoice each month before paying your fees.

Insertion fees

When you list an item for sale, you may be charged a listing (or insertion) fee. If an insertion fee is applicable, you're charged one insertion fee per listing, per category, regardless of the quantity of items.

  • Insertion fees are charged to your seller account at the time of listing. Even if the item doesn't sell, you're still responsible for the insertion fee.

  • If you set up your listing to relist automatically, you're responsible for the insertion fees for the initial listing and each time your item is automatically relisted. You may end your automatic relisting early.

  • Insertion fees are flat fees and are calculated differently depending on the category of the item, the selling format you choose, and if you're a Stores subscriber.

  • If your buyer doesn't pay, you may qualify for an insertion fee credit.

  • You will receive one insertion fee credit for each auction-style listing if that listed item sells. (Exclusions apply.)

  • We may limit duplicate auction-style listings to encourage a positive buyer experience. If you list duplicate identical auction-style listings, you'll be charged the full insertion fee and any fees for optional advanced listing upgrades for each listing even if a listing doesn't appear on eBay for the full duration of the listing.

  • When applicable, insertion fees and advanced listing upgrade fees for Good 'Til Cancelled listings are charged every 30-day period until all of the items sell, you end the listing, or we end your listing. Fee amounts are based on the terms in effect when the listing goes live and when it renews.

  • If you list an item in more than one category, you pay an insertion fee and any advanced listing upgrade fees for each category.

Good 'Til Cancelled listings

Good 'Til Cancelled listings renew automatically every 30 days until all of the items sell, you end the listing, or we end your listing. Insertion fees and advanced listing upgrade fees are charged every 30-day period. Good 'Til Cancelled listings count toward your monthly free-insertion-fee listing allotment. Fee amounts are based on the terms in effect when the listing goes live and when it renews.

See insertion fees for standard category listings.

Free-insertion-fee listings

Monthly free-insertion-fee listings (selling limits apply):

Store sellers:

Basic Store

Premium Store

Anchor Store

Number of free insertion-fee listings per month

150 fixed price

+100 auction-style listings in select categories

500 fixed price

+100 auction-style listings in select categories

2,500 fixed price

+100 auction-style listings in select categories

All other sellers:

  • Insertion fees are free for your first 20 listings per calendar month

  • Insertion fees are also free for an additional 20 auction-style listings per calendar month in collectibles categories.

A few categories listed under terms below are excluded from free insertion-fee listings. 

Collectibles categories eligible for an additional 20 free (100 for Stores) insertion-fee auction-style listings per month:

  • Antiques

  • Art

  • Coins & Paper Money

  • Collectibles

  • Dolls & Bears

  • Entertainment Memorabilia

  • Pottery & Glass

  • Sports Mem, Cards & Fan Shop

  • Stamps

  • Toys & Hobbies

Terms for free-insertion-fee listings:

  • A calendar month begins at 12:00:00 am Pacific Time on the first day of each month and ends at 11:59:59 pm Pacific Time on the last day of the month.

  • Final value fees apply when your item sells.

  • Fees for optional advanced listing upgrades and services you may use (such as Bold) still apply.

  • If you list in 2 categories, you're charged the regular insertion fee for the second category.

  • All categories are eligible for free insertion-fee listings depending on listing style except:

    • Real Estate

    • The following Motors subcategories: Boats, Cars & Trucks, Motorcycles, Other Vehicles & Trailers, and Powersports.

    • The following Business & Industrial categories

      • Heavy Equipment

      • Concession Trailers & Carts (found in Restaurant & Catering)

      • Imaging & Aesthetics Equipment (found in Healthcare, Lab & Life Science)

      • Commercial Printing Presses (found in Printing & Graphic Arts)

Note: Buy It Now added to auction-style listings is not free in the above excluded categories.

  • The following count toward your monthly free-insertion-fee listings:

Final value fees

After a buyer commits to purchase an item, you're charged a final value fee. If a listing ends without a sale (not including any successful Second Chance Offers) you don't pay a final value fee. Final value fees are calculated based on the total amount of the sale and are charged per item.

The total amount of the sale is the final price of the item, shipping charges, and any other amounts you may charge the buyer. Sales tax is not included.

Final value fees on shipping

Final values fees on shipping charges are calculated using the shipping service the buyer chooses.

However, when you offer an international or one-day shipping service and it's selected by your buyer, your final value fee for shipping is calculated using whichever service is less expensive, either:

  • The first domestic service in your listing that isn't one-day, or

  • Your international or one-day shipping service

For example, if a buyer chooses international shipping and you specified free shipping as your first domestic option, you don't pay any final value fees on shipping charges for that item.

If international or one-day shipping is the only service you offer, your final value fee for shipping charges will be calculated on that service.

If you're a seller from one of the following countries (China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, or Vietnam) and your item isn't located in the US, final value fees on shipping charges are always calculated using the shipping option your buyer selects.

Final value fee credits

You're responsible for final value fees whether or not you complete a transaction with a buyer, but in some circumstances, you can request a final value fee credit:

  • When you and a buyer agree to cancel the transaction

  • A buyer doesn't pay for an item

  • You issue the buyer a full refund

See final value fees for standard category listings.

Advanced listing upgrade fees

You can tailor the look of your listing and add features with optional advanced listing upgrades. If you add advanced upgrades to your listing, fees apply.

Advanced listing upgrades are available based on the category of an item, the selling format, and the listing tool you use.

Advanced listing upgrades are charged based on the selling format you choose and the duration of your listing.

  • Using a 1- or 3-day special duration for auction-style listings is a flat fee, in addition to any applicable insertion fees.

  • If you list in 2 categories, you're charged insertion fees and advanced listing upgrade fees for each category.

  • Insertion fees and advanced listing upgrade fees for Good 'Til Cancelled listings are charged every 30-day period until all of the items sell, you end the listing, or we end your listing. Fee amounts are based on the terms in effect when the listing goes live and when it renews.

If you set up automatic relisting for your item, you're charged the fees for any advanced listing upgrades you selected each time your item is relisted.

Learn more about advanced listing upgrades and how much they cost on our standard fees page.

Promoted listings

Promoted listings gives you the opportunity to get more visibility on eBay by promoting your listings with ads that may appear in search results and other areas on eBay.

If you use promoted listings, you choose an ad rate, which is a percentage between 1% and 20% of your item's sale price (excluding shipping charges and sales tax) you're willing to pay for your ad.

When your item sells within 30 days of a click on your ad for that item's listing, you're charged a fee based on the ad rate you had set at the time the ad was clicked.

Supplemental service fees

If you use supplemental services, charges associated with these services may be included on your seller invoice as fees.

Supplemental services include, but aren't limited to:

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