Fees Resulting from Listing an Item

This section details the costs incurred when you list an item on eBay.

Subtopics

Fees Associated with Listing Features

Listing Feature Discounts

Fees Associated with Listing Features

When you list an item on eBay, you can enhance your listing by incorporating various listing features with your item listing. For example, you can bold your item title to draw attention to your item in search results. Each listing feature has an associated cost, which is returned in a Fee container in the responses to the AddItem family of calls.

Responses from the AddItem family of calls include a Fee container for each eBay listing feature. As shown in the following example, each Fee container has both a Name and a Fee element, representing the name and cost of an eBay listing feature, respectively:

<Fee>
  <Name>BoldFee</Name>
  <Fee currencyID="USD">2.0</Fee>
</Fee>

eBay returns Fee containers for all available listing features, even if the corresponding feature is not used and the cost is zero. For an example, see the output for the AddItem Sample: Basic Call.

VerifyAddItem might or might not return details about fees and discounts that applied at the time you ran VerifyAddItem. If this information is returned, there is no guarantee that those fees and discounts will apply at the time you actually list the item.

The total cost of all listing features used is returned in the Fee container whose Name value is ListingFee. However, this cumulative value does not reflect the full cost of listing and selling an item on eBay, since the Final Value Fee (based on sale cost of item) and payment processing fee (fixed price per order) are not calculated by eBay until a sale has occurred.

A seller's account can also include other listing fees credits, such as promotion credits, Final Value Fee credits, and Reserve Price credits. The GetAccount call can be used to retrieve all debits and credits to the seller's account for a specified period, for a specified listing, or for a specified order.

The follow links provide more details about listing and Final Value fees.

Listing Feature Discounts

Lisitng features are enhancements that a seller can add to their item listings, such as (listing displayed in) Bold, setting a Reserve Price, and including a Subtitle. eBay charges a fee for each listing feature that the seller incorporates into their listing. At eBay's discretion, the seller might receive a discount on one or more of the listing features related to listing an item.

If the seller receives a discount on a listing upgrade, the amount of money that the seller saved on the upgrade is returned in the Fees.Fee.PromotionalDiscount field of the AddItem response. Each PromotionalDiscount under a Fees.Fee node indicates the amount of the discount for that listing feature. This applies to the Add/Revise/Relist/Verify family of API calls.

For example, if there is a discount of $1.50 for a $2.00 Bold feature, you will see the following Fee container with the PromotionalDiscount field:

<Fee>
   <Name>BoldFee</Name>
   <Fee currencyID="USD">0.5</Fee>
   <PromotionalDiscount currencyID="USD">1.5</PromotionalDiscount>
</Fee>

When a discount has been applied, the Fee value represents the post-discounted cost for the particular listing feature. To determine what the fee would have been without the discount, add together the values of Fee and PromotionalDiscount.

The total cost of all listing features used is returned in the Fee container whose Name value is ListingFee. If this container has a PromotionalDiscount field, the PromotionalDiscount value is the total of all the promotional discounts that were applied when the item was listed, and the Fee value is the total cost of all listing features minus the promotional discounts.

In addition to the PromotionalDiscount field being returned in the ListingFee node, a DiscountReason field is returned after all of the Fee nodes. The value returned in this field will indicate whether listing discounts were due to a special offer or promotion.