The Australian online shopping and classifieds portal Quicksales has announced it has abolished all selling fees on its website. Effective immediately, sellers will be able to place as many sales listings as they like free of charge. Not coincidentally, the announcement was made on the same day that eBay increased its seller fees to 9.9 per cent.
According to Quicksales general manager James Curtain, the home-grown shopping site is priming itself to become a direct challenger to the likes of eBay and Gumtree.
“We’re abolishing charges on the same day eBay is increasing seller fees to 9.9 per cent and only a matter of weeks after eBay-owned Gumtree introduced a fee to edit an ad,” Curtain said.
“Unlike our overseas competitors, we want to help Australian online shoppers get the best deal possible. The removal of fees means savings for our sellers, which translates to cheaper, more affordable prices for local customers.”
Yesterday, eBay increased its selling fee percentage from 7.9% to 9.9%. On a $50 sale, that means eBay now nets itself $4.95, where it previously only grabbed $3.95. If you're selling a big ticket item this is a significant chunk of money. It also renders dirt-cheap sales a complete waste of time for the seller. (We anticipate that items selling for a few bucks on eBay will soon be a thing of the past.)
Despite this annoying caveat, the fact remains that eBay has a much larger user-base and hence, a much higher chance of getting your stuff sold. It also has the advantage of being a universally recognised behemoth that's comfortingly familiar (if Bing was a better search engine than Google, how many of you would really switch?)
In any event, we think Quicksales deserves three rousing cheers for introducing this highly competitive policy. The next time you want to get something off your hands, we advise giving them a whirl.