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Ending Auction-style listings early

Helping buyers bid with confidence
When you list your items Auction-style on eBay, you should be prepared to sell the item to the highest bidder. Ending an Auction-style listing early once it has received a bid leads to disappointed and frustrated shoppers who may be less inclined to bid on auctions the next time around. Starting October 1, sellers will be charged a fee to end early any Auction-style listing that has received at least one bid. If the listing has a reserve price, the bid must be at or above the reserve price.

Highlights

  • Starting October 1, sellers will be charged a fee to end an Auction-style listing early if it has received a bid.
  • The fee will equal the amount of the final value fee had the listing ended naturally and sold for the highest bid received when the seller ended the listing.
  • In rare situations, a seller may need to end a listing early, so the fee will be waived the first time a seller ends a listing early each calendar year.

Best Practices

  • Price your items carefully. While it’s always a best practice to price your items competitively, if there’s a minimum amount you’re willing to accept for an item, set it as a reserve price or establish a higher start price for your Auction-style listings.
  • List it right the first time. One reason many sellers end Auction-style listings with bids early is to correct errors in their listing. Make sure all of the information in your listing is correct before submitting it to eBay.
  • Manage your inventory carefully. If you have only one or small quantities of an item to sell, avoid listing the item for sale elsewhere. That way, you won’t have to end an auction early because you no longer have the inventory.
  • Revise your listing to add more detail instead of ending it early. If you want to add pictures or additional details to your Auction-style listings, you can often do this without canceling your listing.
  • To avoid ending Auction-style listings early because you’ve received bids from buyers who don’t meet your requirements, specify these requirements so buyers who don’t meet these requirements will not be allowed to bid on your item.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is eBay charging sellers to end early their Auction-style listings that have bids?
Ending Auction-style listings early reduces buyer confidence in eBay and makes them less likely to purchase from eBay sellers in the future.
Does this fee apply to all categories?
This fee applies to all categories with a few exceptions. Exceptions include:
-   Real Estate (Category #10542)
-   Cars & Trucks (Category #27516)
-   Motorcycles (Category #4773)
-   Other Vehicles & Trailers (Category #4352)
-   Boats (Category #1672)
-   Powersports (Category #1028)
Will I be charged a fee to end early a listing that has no bids?
No. Auction-style listings without bids may be ended early without a fee. You will be charged insertion or optional feature fees, if applicable.
Will I be charged a fee to end early a listing that has a bid below the reserve price?
No. Auction-style listings with bids lower than the reserve price may be ended early without a fee. You will be charged any applicable insertion or optional feature fees.
Will I be charged a fee if I canceled my Auction-style listing early because I received a bid from a buyer who doesn’t meet my requirements?
Yes, if it’s not the first time in the current calendar year that you’ve ended an Auction-style listing early, you will be charged a fee. To avoid ending early Auction-style listings because of unwanted bids, be sure to specify your buyer requirements so buyers who don’t meet these requirements are not allowed to bid on your item. You can block buyers who don’t have a PayPal account, have unpaid items recorded on their account, have a primary shipping address in countries you don’t ship to, have reportedly violated eBay policies, have a negative Feedback score, are currently winning or have bought 1-100 of your items in the last 10 days, and/or block buyers based on their user ID. Keep in mind that selecting buyer requirements may also reduce the number of potential buyers you’ll have for your items.
How does eBay determine the amount charged?
The amount charged for ending an Auction-style listing early is equal to what the final value fee would have been if the item had sold for the highest bid, or the highest bid equal to or above the reserve price.
Will I be charged if I ended a listing early because there was confusing or incorrect information in my listing?
Yes, if it’s not the first time in the current calendar year you’ve done it, you will be charged a fee when you cancel or end a listing early.
I ended my listing early because the item was damaged while in my possession. Will I be charged?
Yes, if it’s not the first time in the current calendar year you’ve done it, you will be charged a fee when you cancel or end a listing early.
Does eBay charge a fee if I end a listing because I sold the item through another channel?
Yes, if it’s not the first time in the current calendar year you’ve done it, you will be charged a fee when you cancel or end a listing early.
You say I won’t be charged a fee on the first time I end a listing with bids early. Is it 1 time per year or 1 time for as long as I’m selling on eBay?
You will be allowed to end early one Auction-style listing with a bid equal to or above the reserve price per calendar year without paying a fee. After that, you will be required to pay a fee to end early additional Auction-style listings with bids equal to or above the reserve price.
What if I cancel bids on my Auction-style listing and then end the listing early. Will I be charged a fee?
Yes, if it’s not the first time you’ve ended a listing early in the current calendar year, you will be charged a fee when you cancel bids and then end the listing early.



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