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Dear eBay Queen:
I haven’t read anything where you talk about the new account selling limits. I really think you should make your readers aware of them. I’ve been selling off and on since 1998, and I have never encountered anything like this crazy new rule on eBay.
I noticed last week that I had a “selling limit” on my account. I just called in to ask to have my limits raised. I sell mostly back to school items, and this is the start of my heavy listing time period in preparation for back to school sales. After a review of my eBay account, I got my item limit raised by only 300 items and my money limit raised by just over $3,000. I was told I could seek a new review no sooner than 30 days from the day I called in.
I asked some questions of the eBay representative. The rep told me ALL ACCOUNTS already have limits that are set based on age of account, “reputation” and prior 90 days sales volume. They’re just slowly rolling out the visibility of the limits. What the heck does “prior 90 days” of sales volume have to do with anything? What does eBay think when they see my account? “I see she listed lots of stuff in July-December, but what is she doing January through June?” Does eBay want us all to be mega sellers?
The eBay representative that spoke to me could give no justification for doing this. He stumbled and stuttered his way through what sounded like some pretty scripted comments. As I said, I’ve sold on the site for 13 years, most of my time on eBay was as a casual seller, only selling 10-20 items a week, but sometimes I would move housefuls of collectibles and household goods for lots of money. I’m not a newbie, but his tone and some of the expressions that he used really made me feel as though I have to prove myself all over again. I would think with over 1100 feedback, 100% feedback and all DSRs at 4.9 or 5.0, I’d already done that. Just a note, part of his review was to look at my DSRs and feedback before raising my limit.
What do you think of eBay’s selling limits? Why would they limit what a seller could put on eBay? Do you think it would be best if we just moved all of our items from eBay to another venue?
Alex; Houston, TX
This selling limits program is new to me also. I had to do some extensive research to just find and understand the rules on selling limits. http://pages.ebay.com/help/sell/sellinglimits.html
There are 3 types of seller limits:
Account limits: If you have an account limit, eBay has placed a limit on your sold items, gross merchandise volume, and active items for sale. If an item sells, it counts toward the limit, but if a listing ends without any sold items, it no longer counts against the limit.
You can find your account limits by looking at “My eBay” Click My eBay at the top of most eBay pages, sign in to your account, then select the All Selling option in the Sell section on the left side of the page (or in the Selling Manager Summary).
The Monthly selling limits section shows your current selling activity relative to your monthly limits. You’ll see a red alert once you’ve reached a limit, letting you know you won’t be able to sell more items in the current month. You always have the option to request higher selling limits.
Limits placed on an account for failing to meet the minimum performance standards will also be shown in your Seller Dashboard. This module is not displayed if you aren’t Below Standard. You will see your category and item limits when you list using the Sell Your Item form.
Category limits: Certain categories, for certain sellers eBay will limit the number of items that can be listed in a calendar month. These limits may apply to your account if:
- You registered your account less than 90 days ago.
- You haven’t sold multiple items in this category before.
- You haven’t sold in this category in over a year.
- You have had eBay Buyer Protection cases opened for more than 3% of your total transactions in the last year.
Item limits: With certain items eBay may limit the number that you can list in a listing period. One big area with item limits would be designer or branded items like Coach, or Louis Vuitton. eBay doesn’t allow the sale of counterfeit, fakes, replicas, or unauthorized copies. If you are listing items that have the potential to be counterfeit, eBay will limit the number you can list.
If you can prove (by receipts, etc) that your items are authentic, these item limits will be lifted. If you are a new seller, the limits will be lifted after you’ve established a good selling history, but other types of limits will always remain in place.
I understand why they would have selling limits on new sellers or sellers that have problems following through with their sales. I don’t know why they have put a limit on your selling. No matter what, I believe it is important to not try to outmaneuver eBay by circumventing these listing limits. As unfortunate of a situation as this is, it is important to play within the rules and the limits will be gone soon.
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Suzie Eads is a nationally known eBay marketer and eBay trained Education Specialist. She lives in Rantoul. Do you have a question for the eBay Queen? Email: email@example.com