Dear Lifehacker, I was wondering if you can help me appraise some gold stud earrings I wish to sell? They're jadelite cream with a vintage apple design. Each piece has 11 diamonds on the back totaling 22. I can see hallmarks but can't quite make them out. I don't know their value or maker. I would appreciate any help!
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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.
eBay has made one of its periodic increases to the maximum postage rates it allows in some categories (notably CDs and DVS). Australia Post increased its charges back in April, so the new rates reflect that, ensuring sellers can charge a vaguely fair price. Most notably, caps have been dropped altogether for books. eBay is also introducing a new fee structure this week.
Having said it would introduce a new fee structure on May 2, eBay Australia has now delayed its rollout until May 16. So if you were planning to take advantage of the free pictures option, you'll need to wait a couple of weeks.
eBay just can't stop tweaking its listing rules. In the latest round of changes, sellers actually get something: up to a dozen free pictures on every listing. But the news isn't so good on insertion fees.
Back in May, eBay began listing results from its UK and US sites in amongst local products on its Australian site. Now local sellers are getting a partial payback: since October 19, some Australian listings are appearing on eBay.co.uk.
The changes to eBay's fee structure which we first reported on back in July takes place today. As of now, the same final value fees apply whether you're selling an item via auction or at a fixed price.
Latest odd change from the world of eBay: from August 22, it will be cutting back on its categories to "make it easier for international buyers to find items". The three big areas where this might potentially impact Lifehacker readers are in mobile phones, modems and games. However, while the changes appear to offer less choices, there's not really any need to panic.
eBay Australia has made no secret of its desire to encourage new goods over second-hand ones, but this is the strongest evidence yet: from September 22, fees for auctions will be raised to match those charged for Buy It Now options. In other words: eBay doesn't really want to run your stinking auctions no more.
eBay is keen for you to buy goods, but rather less keen for you to get in touch when things go wrong. However, a recent revamp to its customer service portal does make it a little easier to go through that process.
eBay is continuing its push towards emphasising fixed-price goods from professional sellers, but that doesn't mean the process always goes smoothly. Back in February it announced plans to make it compulsory for all sellers to specify handling times and return policies. That was supposed to happen in May, but has now been delayed until August.
Since launching in Australia, eBay has always had a policy of placing local listings ahead and separately from those originating overseas. From today, that approach will change somewhat, with listings from the US and UK sites intermingled with those offered by Australians in a "variety of categories".