Yesterday (2nd April 2015) Ebay announced an unusually generous offer – “20% off final value fees when an item sells at £30 and above”. As a keen Ebayer (I use it to supplement my income) I was keen to take advantage.
Create up to 100 listing(s) in an eligible category during the promotion period using the auction-style or fixed price format and you won’t pay an insertion fee per listing (promotional rate) during the promotion period when you actively opt in to the promotion via the RSVP link shown in the marketing communication.
In addition, if your item sells at £30 and above, you will also receive a final value fee discount of 20%.
I had plenty of things to list and so, with today being Good Friday and a Bank Holiday I set to making some listings. I don’t normally list during the day because it means your item will then end in the day – and it’s often not the best time for the biggest audience. However as they also have another offer running – “Schedule 20 listings per month for free” – I can do the work during the day and set the listing to start automatically this evening (or even the next day, if I was listing too late in the evening).
I made my finely crafted listing – as it happens for something that probably isn’t worth £30, but it can’t hurt to try! I have been surprised before. Unfortunately when I clicked on the button to list, I got the dreaded “perpetually re-loading log-in screen of doom”.
The only good thing about it is that now that Ebay has a “Drafts” section, it had automatically saved my listing, and I should be able to simply click it later to set up the listing. Assuming Ebay get their site working properly again! Fingers crossed.
In the meantime I will probably get on with something else, like venturing out into the beautiful Easter sunshine* to tidy up something or other outside, and find some more stuff to list on Ebay. When I can.
*There isn’t any.
An update – 14th April 2015
Due to the frequency of bank holidays at this time of year I was soon able to test this issue again. Having been working OK over the Saturday and Sunday, I got the perpetual log-in screen back on the Bank Holiday Monday.
Fortunately this time I discovered that by simply closing the browser window and opening a new one, I was able to get into eBay without further issue.
For a moment it seemed like it must be a problem locally with my own system, but if this is the case why does exactly the same thing happen every time there is a Bank Holiday with a listing offer?
Did I make any extra cash from the 20% FVF offer? So far it looks like the only items that sold for more than £30 were a couple of things that I listed as EBay For Charity items, with 100% going to the charity, so there was no advantage to be gained there anyway!