Because its an auction. If you want to sell something at 99p to attract bids and it sells for 99p then the buyer should get it for 99p plus whatever it costs to send it. If you want £4.99 then sell it BIN at £4.99.clarance wrote:Don't understand this argument either - why pay fees if you don't need to.
What's the difference between an item selling for 99p with £4 postage and an item selling for £4.99 with free postage. For the buyer, none at all - for the seller, a few extra pence in the pocket - eBay still gets it's cut, just not so much...
Ebay is full of sellers playing the system in various ways to lesser or greater degrees trying to avoid paying fees. That's entirely up to them, right up to the point where they shunt those fees onto the buyer. If you don't want an item to sell for less than a certain amount then put a reserve on it. Its an auction, that's how they work. In any other auction environment sellers wouldn't get away with it.
Whenever ebay then put policies in place like the free postage rules and such, sellers go berserk, but its due to these types of shill selling practices that the various rules and things are put into place. If people played it square there wouldn't be an issue.