eBay sellers around the globe are getting set for a rumored new Premium fee that would give sellers improved search exposure. We recently wrote about eBay's changes to their search algorithm, Best Match, and how it has affected sellers. Could this be eBay's solution to seller's complaints about the new search algorithm and the fact that it has caused sellers to lose sales?
Rumors of this new Premium fee came to light last week, when some sellers were asked to take an "eBay Experience Enhancement" survey. Two questions in particular got survey participants stirring:
"How important is it to you to improve your ranking in search results?" It then asked sellers, "How would you feel if you could bid on your Final Value Fees which would improve your ranking in search results?"
While some sellers welcome to oppurtunity to pay for added expsoure, this is a real sore point for sellers who are already on tight margins when they sell on eBay.
Is this just a replacement for the now obselete Featured Listings option? Or is eBay taking another step that will widen the gap between the smaller "mom and pop" eBay businesses and the Diamond PowerSellers with big budgets for Premium fees?
If the only way your listings would get found on eBay was by paying a Premium fee, would you do it? How would it affect your profit margins? Share your thoughts below.