Many of us long standing eBay sellers are very familiar with the interface and usefulness of this nifty free program found at the following URL: http://v1.ebcalc.com/
You may not be aware that eBCalc has changed,
...at least I was surprised to see that the simple eBay & PayPal fee calculator has undergone a growth spurt. eBCalc is now much more than a tool for eBay & PayPal and it seems we have a certain Mr. Doug Boudreau to thank.
eBCalc is now a multi-channel fee calculator with more functionality than ever before. Not only will eBCalc return results for eBay's many marketplaces and fee structures at the following URL: eBay Fee Calculator but it will now also help with fee calculation for many other marketplaces such as Amazon.com, Overstock.com and Etsy (among others).
The older style eBCalc figured eBay and PayPal fees on a single screen and I think it is a nice touch that Mr. Boudreau continues to serve this version for the users who are happy with those limited options.
For those who want more options, take a peek at the new and improved eBCalc versions below.
Which section of eBay would you like to calculate fees for?
Of course the very important PayPal fees calculator is still available...
The inclusion of the additional fee calculators listed below is what makes this entire program a real time and money saver. If your considering changing to another selling venue, or simply contemplating testing the waters outside of eBay, why not plug in some of your regular merchandise numbers in the following calculators to get an informed result before wading in to another platform.
Certainly these calculations can be made in any spreadsheet program, but why go through all of the trouble when it has been provided for all of us here for free?
One observation I think eBay would like me to point out...
When completing a simple comparison of eBay vs. Amazon Marketplaces, using a single media category item... a DVD selling at $9.99 as an example, eBay wins the fees challenge hands down.
Net profit from Amazon with shipping costs included on the example $9.99 sale = $4.70.
Where as eBay and PayPal fees combined on the same sale, with the same shipping costs and charges are shown to net the seller more profit = $6.14.
A difference of almost 15% more net profit from eBay over Amazon Marketplaces. (Non-Pro Marketplaces seller)
Update: Overstock Auctions beats both Amazon Marketplaces and eBay in this comparision netting the seller $8.81 after a fee of only $.50! ePier netted the same profit as Overstock and Etsy trails slightly with a net of $8.76.
Who among you, would have thought Amazon would be the least cost effective venue to sell on, in this example?
Try your own comparisons, you may be surprised at the results.
While fees are certainly not the only measure of a venue, I think making good use of the facts with calculators like the eBCalc family of tools only makes you a more informed and wise seller.