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eBay Reply With Offer Feature on Messages

I generally do most of my ebaying on my mobile phone nowadays, it’s a Samsung Galaxy S5 and with the eBay app I can buy, sell and do general maintenence to my items, answer questions etc with no real issues.  Using the Chrome web browser on my phone I can log in and “view classic site” and access the full ebay website in order to do other things like turn on and off holiday settings etc so I don’t tend to log in on a laptop very often.

Today however I did log in on a computer in order to research the previous article about the potential free listings promotion on 7th June.

I decided to do a bit of housekeeping whilst logged on and noticed I had a new message in my inbox.  The message was from a user I have spoken with in the past and received offers on one of my items, they ended up deciding it was too expensive and I hadn’t heard from them in a while.  They sent me a follow up question which was basically asking what the lowest price I was willing to accept was.

ebay reply with offer feature

Notice in the image above the option to either “Reply” or “Reply with offer”.  I wasn’t sure what this was at first so I clicked it.

It turns out there is now an option to send buyers who ask you a question an offer to the item they have inquired about.  This as far as I can tell is separate from the Best Offer system and is fairly helpful for buyers such as the one above who have either used up all of their offers or are about to.

I sent a reply with an offer of £250, which I would be happy to accept, the buyer now has 48 hours to decide what to do.

Obviously in this situation I don’t know what the buyer sees when I reply so I did a little experiment with my finances eBay account on the same item.  Upon reply the buyer, or potential buyer gets an eBay message urging them to take advantage of this limited time offer.  It also shows that the offer has 16% off the total price and shows how much postage would be and the delivery estimate etc.

ebay offer received

I thought that maybe this feature had been around a while, but I hadn’t seen it as I was always using my phone, so I checked and the offer is also available on the mobile app, so you can begin sending cheeky offers to people who contact you at once.

I suspect that this feature has come about because of the abundance of people who send messages wanting to put offers in to do deals outside of ebay and while this is against ebay policy I know it happens a lot and the main reason I don’t think this will help if because the types of message I get are along the lines of… “Will you give me 10-15% off this item if we complete off ebay as you will save on both ebay and paypal fees.” buyers are keen to sell their items and would receive the same amount of cash and the buyer gets it a little cheaper, so it’s a win-win for buyer and customer, not so much for eBay though!

Anyway in closing it’s a useful little feature that I will use if I sense a customer is on a fishing trip for a discount and I can afford to give one.


100 Free eBay Listings May 30th June 1st

If you have logged into your eBay account today you may have noticed an opt in offer for 100 zero insertion fee listings.


There are two ways to take advantage of the free listings, either:
List auction style or list as buy now with best offer, either way you will qualify for a zero insertion fee listing. Listing upgrade fees still apply.


You need to opt in by clicking “Get offer” and you have until midnight Monday 1st June to use them all.

Happy listing.


EBay Free Listings and Final Value Fee Discount 1 Day Only 17th May 2015

I’ve been waiting for a listing promotion for what seems like months now! As you may know if you read yesterdays post I have quite a lot of books to list!

So I logged in today on the off chance and low and behold there was an offer!


You not only get 100 free listings but also a 30% discount on items listed before midnight.  In which case it makes most sense to list things which are more expensive in order to take full advantage.


I may have to rush list a few things I’ve been holding on to at a higher price just in case today!

As always you must accept the offer by logging in and clicking get offer or you won’t be able to take advantage of the promotion.

Get listing you have 12 hours left! (Or probably much less by the time you actually read this!)


Last MyHermes Posting Dates Before Christmas

It’s getting closer and closer to Christmas and although the TV show adverts from early November and the shops sell Xmas stuff just after the summer solstice it always seems to creep up on me.


I’m generally a last minute kind of person and very much like the convenience of ordering online.  I’m not alone, there are loads of us and as long as wet know the last posting days so that we can have gifts arrive in time for Christmas we’ll be fine.

So here are the dates that MyHermes have recommended the following…

“17th December is the last day when a courier collection can be booked for the following day for delivery before Christmas*
19th December is the last day that parcels can be dropped at a ParcelShop for delivery before Christmas*”

Where the * refers to no guarantees but they’ll do their best.

EBay Free Listings Promotion 26th to 29th July 2014


Just a quick pay to let you know that eBay are running two separate laying promotions from today until midnight on Tuesday. You will have in your inbox an invitation to start selling if you’re a private seller but which offer you get could come with a catch.


For some sellers there is a bog standard 100 free listings with the usual terms and conditions but for others your listings are only free if you add at least three pictures!

This is no doubt in an attempt to get users to take more photos which better describe their items and if you’ve got this particular offer you may as well take advantage.


I personally have 3 accounts for separate things and received both offers to various accounts.  I usually take a lot of photos so for me the game hasn’t really changed but for others who want to take advantage then get snapping!

eBay free listings Easter weekend 18th to 21st April 2014

Late last night, or more accurately early this morning, I got an email from eBay telling me to “hop to it” because free listings were afoot all Easter weekend. I woke up this morning and actually thought I had dreamt the whole thing.

I checked my inbox and there the email was they are offering 100 free listings, auction or fixed price over the entire extended bank holiday weekend.


Offering the option of fixed price as well as traditional style auctions is becoming a trend this year with EBay dabbling with offering it a few times in recent months. I personally think that this is the type of free listings we can look forward to I the future once the fee changes come in next month and if this is the case perhaps the change will not be so bad.

As always there are terms and conditions. But here’s the gist:

Create up to 100 listing(s) with a starting price of £1 or more in an eligible category during the promotion period using the auction-style or fixed price format and you won’t pay an insertion fee for each listing during the promotion period.

So if you were planning on having a lazy bank holiday weekend, you may now want to consider a listing spree!


It’s unclear just yet if you have items listed good till cancelled and they are due renew this weekend if they will be part of the promotion, however the last time eBay did this that’s what happened.