Flat 7.9% Trade Me fees change hits mid-range auctions

The good news: simplified pricing

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The bad news: you gonna pay more

Trade Me fees used to be a bit complicated because it was a sliding scale. Sellers paid less with the auction price increase.

  • Sale price $200 or less -7.9% fee.
  • Sale price between $200 and $1,500 – $15.8 for the $200 portion and 4.9% above that.
  • Sales over $1,500 – $79.50 for under $1,500 portion and 1.9% above that.

The fees were capped at $149, so if you sell something over $5,200 you wouldn’t pay more than $149 in fees anyway.

The fees are still capped at $149 and the commission didn’t go over the tough psychological barrier of 8%, but the structure has changed so that the mid-range items will generate more fees for Trade Me and leave less money for the seller.

7.9-vs-old

So there is no change to under $200 auctions – it is the same 7.9% as before.

Selling something for $300 will cost you $3 more, which isn’t much, but if you sell a lot it means you will be paying 14% fees to Trade Me.

Selling something for $1,000 would be $55 under the old pricing and $79 under the new. The $24 difference makes it a 43% increase.

And if your auction reaches $1,900 you will pay whooping 71% more in fees (from $87 to $149).

The full breakdown of the comparison is illustrated in the table below.

Sale price Old commission New commission Increase, $ Increase, %
$10 $0.79 $0.79 $0.00 0.00%
$50 $3.95 $3.95 $0.00 0.00%
$100 $7.90 $7.90 $0.00 0.00%
$150 $11.85 $11.85 $0.00 0.00%
$200 $15.80 $15.80 $0.00 0.00%
$250 $18.25 $19.75 $1.50 8.22%
$300 $20.70 $23.70 $3.00 14.49%
$350 $23.15 $27.65 $4.50 19.44%
$400 $25.60 $31.60 $6.00 23.44%
$450 $28.05 $35.55 $7.50 26.74%
$500 $30.50 $39.50 $9.00 29.51%
$550 $32.95 $43.45 $10.50 31.87%
$600 $35.40 $47.40 $12.00 33.90%
$650 $37.85 $51.35 $13.50 35.67%
$700 $40.30 $55.30 $15.00 37.22%
$750 $42.75 $59.25 $16.50 38.60%
$800 $45.20 $63.20 $18.00 39.82%
$850 $47.65 $67.15 $19.50 40.92%
$900 $50.10 $71.10 $21.00 41.92%
$950 $52.55 $75.05 $22.50 42.82%
$1,000 $55.00 $79.00 $24.00 43.64%
$1,050 $57.45 $82.95 $25.50 44.39%
$1,100 $59.90 $86.90 $27.00 45.08%
$1,150 $62.35 $90.85 $28.50 45.71%
$1,200 $64.80 $94.80 $30.00 46.30%
$1,250 $67.25 $98.75 $31.50 46.84%
$1,300 $69.70 $102.70 $33.00 47.35%
$1,350 $72.15 $106.65 $34.50 47.82%
$1,400 $74.60 $110.60 $36.00 48.26%
$1,450 $77.05 $114.55 $37.50 48.67%
$1,500 $79.50 $118.50 $39.00 49.06%
$1,550 $80.45 $122.45 $42.00 52.21%
$1,600 $81.40 $126.40 $45.00 55.28%
$1,650 $82.35 $130.35 $48.00 58.29%
$1,700 $83.30 $134.30 $51.00 61.22%
$1,750 $84.25 $138.25 $54.00 64.09%
$1,800 $85.20 $142.20 $57.00 66.90%
$1,850 $86.15 $146.15 $60.00 69.65%
$1,900 $87.10 $149.00 $61.90 71.07%
$1,950 $88.05 $149.00 $60.95 69.22%
$2,000 $89.00 $149.00 $60.00 67.42%
$2,100 $90.90 $149.00 $58.10 63.92%
$2,200 $92.80 $149.00 $56.20 60.56%
$2,300 $94.70 $149.00 $54.30 57.34%
$2,400 $96.60 $149.00 $52.40 54.24%
$2,500 $98.50 $149.00 $50.50 51.27%
$2,600 $100.40 $149.00 $48.60 48.41%
$2,700 $102.30 $149.00 $46.70 45.65%
$2,800 $104.20 $149.00 $44.80 42.99%
$2,900 $106.10 $149.00 $42.90 40.43%
$3,000 $108.00 $149.00 $41.00 37.96%
$3,100 $109.90 $149.00 $39.10 35.58%
$3,200 $111.80 $149.00 $37.20 33.27%
$3,300 $113.70 $149.00 $35.30 31.05%
$3,400 $115.60 $149.00 $33.40 28.89%
$3,500 $117.50 $149.00 $31.50 26.81%
$3,600 $119.40 $149.00 $29.60 24.79%
$3,700 $121.30 $149.00 $27.70 22.84%
$3,800 $123.20 $149.00 $25.80 20.94%
$3,900 $125.10 $149.00 $23.90 19.10%
$4,000 $127.00 $149.00 $22.00 17.32%
$4,100 $128.90 $149.00 $20.10 15.59%
$4,200 $130.80 $149.00 $18.20 13.91%
$4,300 $132.70 $149.00 $16.30 12.28%
$4,400 $134.60 $149.00 $14.40 10.70%
$4,500 $136.50 $149.00 $12.50 9.16%
$4,600 $138.40 $149.00 $10.60 7.66%
$4,700 $140.30 $149.00 $8.70 6.20%
$4,800 $142.20 $149.00 $6.80 4.78%
$4,900 $144.10 $149.00 $4.90 3.40%
$5,000 $146.00 $149.00 $3.00 2.05%
$5,100 $147.90 $149.00 $1.10 0.74%
$5,200 $149.00 $149.00 $0.00 0.00%

Some more good news: product photos are free

Quality photos sell. Trade Me was penny pinching sellers by charging them for extra photos while loosing on potential sales. The new fees structure removes the 10c fee for every additional photo. It will be definitely beneficial for stores and professional sellers. Our TradeMe extension already has the feature for adding all product photos to the auction.

Trade Me fees vs eBay Australia fees

eBay fees are complicated. Very complicated. In a simple form the Trade Me vs eBay comparison looks like this:

  • Casual sellers: 9.9% eBay vs 7.9% Trade Me
  • Professional sellers and stores: 4%, 6% and 7.5% for eBay vs 7.9% for Trade Me

eBay’s grass is greener for professional sellers and stores on their unlimited package.

Check out our Trade Me traffic tracker or hit us on Twitter @mventorycom with your predictions on how this change will affect Trade Me sellers.

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