Have you ever calculated actual cost of selling on eBay?

discovering  ebay selling fees

We are aware of various fees to sell on eBay. There is Listing Fees, Final Value Fees (FVF) and PayPal Fees. We are considering Fixed Price items on this post. For a business sellers 10p listing fees, 10% FVF and 3.4% + 20p PayPal Fees. As most of us do I used to add on these fees on top of my cost and sell it until now I found a correct method of calculating the cost of selling on eBay.

eBay Selling Fees

This table clarifies the direct cost of selling on eBay is 15%, ignoring the 10p listing fees. This table shows your real profit which takes product cost, VAT and stationery into consideration. However, it ignores the labour cost.

My aim was to give you better idea of selling on eBay so that you can set optimum selling price. This link will take you to a downloadable file where you can change the price of the product and see your cost / profit and make better decision. If you have got any individual requirement simply post it on comment and I will get another table done for you FREE.

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Have you ever calculated actual cost of selling on eBay?



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Posted on May 13, 2013, in eBay Strategies, eCommerce and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Hi,

    Can you actually add the formulas into the Excel file?



    • Hi Manish

      Yes you can. You can change it as per your requirement i.e. eBay Fees and PayPal % could be different with different sellers.

      Let me know how you get on with the formulas.


  2. While I agree well you cannot argue I have been looking for products.
    This weekend I have been looking at Bags , but based on your Formula unless all sellers are buying direct at low prices the majority are working at a loss


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