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100 Free eBay Listings 4th to 10th August 2015

I think this offer is invite only as it had only landed on one of my accounts, but its definitely worth checking to see if you have an offer sat in your inbox.

This offer for 100 free auction style or fixed price with best offer began on 4th August but I have only just on the 6th seen it pop into my eBay messages and I didn’t get an email at all!

It’s opt in so don’t forget to accept and it runs until midnight on Monday 10th August. 

I plan on starting as many 10 day auctions as possible today (Thursday) and then stacking up some drafts in my eBay app to set live on Sunday for 7 day auctions, that way everything will end on Sunday 16th August.

Happy listing and if you didn’t get an invite, don’t worry, the weekend is just around the corner and there may well be more promotions to come!


Possible Upcoming eBay Free Listings Promotion June 7th to 9th 2015

A visitor to the site left a comment today to say that he had spotted a promotion from eBay stating that it would be free listings from 7th to 9th of June but he had lost the notification and couldn’t get it back.  Thanks for the heads up Ian!  I have managed to find the promotional banner, however it doesn’t act as you would expect…

ebay free listings 7th to 9th June


As you can see the date is clearly displayed on the top right and bottom left of the image to say that it will be free to list auction style and fixed price with best offer from Sunday 7th June to Tuesday 9th June.  The banner is pretty much exactly the same as the banner used this past weekend to advertise the free listings, obviously the dates are different.

The banner links to the promos page which again is the same as last week and you may note that the “When is it” tab just states that the dates are as shown on the promotional material.

When clicking to opt in and accept the offer it takes you to a page which states that the promotional offer has expired!

ebay error when opting in for listing promotion

My thoughts are that as the offer doesn’t begin until the 7th the opt in process is not live yet and if you log in on Sunday you will be able to take advantage of the offer.  However I have been wrong before.

I will be creating a bunch of listings and saving them as drafts ready to go live on Sunday evening when I will be logging back in to eBay on to see if the offer is live, I suggest you do too!

Someone at eBay probably messed up and pressed enter on a banner a few days too early!  it wouldn’t be the first time this week that eBay have made a boo boo sending out emails promising a voucher for £100 off a purchase which turned out only to be £10 in practice. Oops!

6 Days of Free Listings 22nd to 27th March 2015

It seems to have been an age since the last eBay free listings promotion but in reality it hasn’t,  but it seems like eBay is making up for this with a 6 day promotional zero insertion fee bonanza!


Granted it is the standard 100 listings you’ve now got 6 Days in which to take advantage of then so no need to hurry.

It’s both auction style and fixed price with no listing upgrades so all of those drafts you have saved you can now make live.


As always you need to opt in to accept the offer and not do what I did last time and burn through my monthly allocation without realising! You would have thought I would have known better!


The hook for this promotion is to sell your stuff to fund a holiday,  which is an incredibly good idea! If I could clear all of my junk I’d probably end up with enough for a round the world trip!

The promotion rums from now until the stroke of midnight on Friday 27th March and you can see the terms here.

Happy listing.

A Week of Free eBay Listings in Aid of Comic Relief March 2015

So between 1st March and 8th March 2015 eBay are running a Comic Relief Listings Promotion.  You can have 100 gratis fixed price or auction style listings if you donate a percentage of the final selling price to charity,  in this case Comic Relief.


The minimum is 10% and eBay will match our donations up to £10,000 which is very nice of them as it is going to a good cause.

So in order to qualify you must set your auction as a charity auction and choose the percentage you wish to donate,  which I assume will likely be 10% for most people who decide to take advantage of the offer. This will enable your listing to qualify for the free insertion.


If you look at the graphic above I can see a few things which I’d like to expand upon. The first being:

“Final value fee credit equal to the percentage donated” does this mean if we donate 10% of the items price we get a 10% reduction of the final value fee,  or if the final value fee is 10% both fees offset each other. I would think it’s the former because if we donate 100% of the items selling price we’d get a 100% FVF credit effectively meaning we pay nothing to list.  I’m pretty sure I’ve got this bit right,  meaning you only pay a FVF on the portion you’re actually making money on but I’ve contacted eBay for clarification.


Second thing to note is that apparently the chance of selling something goes up by 34% if you’re selling for charity. That’s something cooked up by the Columbia Business School in 2011 and I wonder how much this has to do with people wanting to support a charity and  how much to do with improved visibility that eBay give a charity listing.

The terms and conditions for this offer can be found here.

I’ve never listed for charity before but before the promo is over will certainly list something to feel like I’m doing my bit. I’m not sure if listing can be done via the mobile app and that may be a factor in if I take it up or not as I almost exclusively list on my phone these days.

If you’d like some free listings but would rather not donate in this way you can still do so, more info over here.

UPDATE: ebay have made it impossible to donate to charity when resisting items. I have tried to relist some items using the quick relist form and also individualy from within the website and it’s not possible to add donate to charity this way. You have to start a new listing from scratch and when using the mobile app the option isn’t on that either! So unfortunately I’ll not be donating to Comic Relief via eBay this year. Come on eBay, sort it out for next year!


EBay Free Listings Promotions March 1st to 3rd 2015


EBay have 2 free listings promotions live this week each for 100 Zero Insertion items, but with slightly different conditions.

I found this out by logging into my account and looking in the selling manager and spotted two offers waiting for me. One standard opt in offer and the other one which I didn’t have to click the “Get Offer” button to enjoy.


Note the dates on the second offer 1st until 8th March, more on this later.

The first offer is the standard 3 day offer from Sunday 1st March until Tuesday 3rd March 2015 and is for 100 free insertion fees for auction or fixed price listings.

The terms and conditions are of the standard variety and there are no free upgrades or other Bells and whistles.

You have to opt into this offer by clicking the button and then you can list till your hearts content or until you’ve done 100 of course.

The second offer is in aid of Comic Relief and you can read more about it in my next post: A Week of Free eBay Listings in Aid of Comic Relief March 2015

EBay 100 Free Listings Promotion February 15th to 17th 2015

Right on schedule at the stroke of midnight on 15th February 2015 eBay set live another zero insertion promotion.


100 free listings lasting from the 15th to 17th February. I have been saving my listings as drafts for the past few days in anticipation of this so I am glad I was not mistaken that it was on its way!


As always now you need to sign in and accept the offer by clicking “Get Offer” and Bobs your uncle.

Maybe you got a gift this Valentines day that you were less than impressed with? If so get it listed!


Terms and conditions can be found here.

It’s worth noting that your listings will only be free if they are either auction style listings or fixed price with best offer. So make sure you’re not paying for them by simply ticking the best offer button,  you don’t need to accept them and you can always set an auto decline amount!

EBay 3 day listing promotion 18th to 20th January 2015


Ebay threw me a curve ball this week,  I’m not sure if it caught out anyone else either but today they sent out invites to private sellers for the first free listings promotion of the year separate to the extended Christmas promotion.  I was expecting if there was going to be free listings this week they would have started yesterday.  So this will be the opportunity for people to get rid of the unwanted gifts they got for Christmas and sell them on for a bit of pocket money.

It’s 100 listings so there’s plenty of opportunity to get things listed in order to make some money from the exercise DVD that Uncle Ted thought you’d like.


Par for the course with ebay of late it’s an opt in promotion so in order to get the zero insertion fee listings you’ll have to log in and accept the offer. But even if you don’t have new things to list but have good till cancelled listings active which will renew it’s well worth opting in as these will come out of your free allotment.

The promotional period lasts from Sunday 18th until Tuesday 20th January 2015.


Special Free Listing Promotion 25th December to 6th January


As expected eBay have announced the final free listings promotion of the year,  which will be the opportunity for people to get rid of the unwanted gifts they got for Christmas and sell things in the “January Sales”.

It’s 100 listings and they last from Christmas day until 6th January so there’s plenty of opportunity to get things listed in order to make some money from that blender that Auntie Edna thought you’d like,  or the Arsenal shirt you got in the work secret Santa!


Departing with what has become the norm with ebay of late it’s NOT an opt in promotion so there’s no need to log in and accept the offer. Even if you don’t have new things to list but have good till cancelled listings active they will renew automatically.

It’s a “special” promotion which means you can select from a series of listing upgrades for free from listing subtitles,  adding buy it now to auctions, gallery plus images and listing designer and scheduling. Select them all or just a few,  just remember if you’re relisting after the promotion ends remove the upgrades or you’ll be paying for them!

Again the promotional period lasts from Christmas Day to 6th January so there’s nearly 2 weeks to take advantage.



50 Free Listings with Upgrades on eBay 6th to 8th December 2014

If you have checked your emails or logged into eBay today you may have noticed another spin on the zero insertion fees weekend promotion.

Upon checking my emails in the early hours of Saturday I noticed that the nice people at eBay had sent me an email with the subject line: “Your exclusive offer for being a great seller – just in time for Christmas”. There it is,  it’s official,  ebay class me as a “great seller”! I wonder if everyone’s invitation was worded this way?!


EBay are giving us private sellers an early Christmas gift in the form of 50 Free listings with Upto 5 optional upgrades per listing.

This is a little different to the usual offer and eBay have been mixing it up a bit lately.

What do you need to know?

Well first of all its invite only.  So check your email,  ebay messages,  seller dashboard and logout and log back in on a desktop to see if you get a sign in message.  If by this point you don’t have any messages,  then I’m afraid you’ve not been selected.


Second of all this is opt in only,  meaning you have to physically click a button to accept the promotion. I’m not really sure why eBay decided to do this,  perhaps it’s to track active users or to reward those who are active already.

Third if you use good till cancelled and have items renewing this weekend you will want to accept this offer even if you don’t want to list anymore because these are included in the promotion.

Fourth you can choose between the following free upgrades:

… you won’t pay listing upgrade fees for up to 5 listing upgrades per listing. The following upgrades are free: Gallery Plus, add a Buy it now price, subtitle, listing designer and scheduler.

It won’t hurt to take advantage of them all but…


Sixth,  remember whatever free Listing upgrades you choose this week,  remember to remove them when it comes time to relist the item if it doesn’t sell otherwise you could end up paying more than you bargained for.

Seventh there are terms and conditions as always.

So get yourself listing and make some extra cash for this Christmas by selling the tat you don’t want that you got last Christmas!