Ebay will today waive shop fees for sellers who have been forced to shut their shops temporarily during the coronavirus lockdown.
Sellers will now be able to put their shops in “hard holiday” mode, or list all their items as “out of stock” if they have had to close down operations during the outbreak.
Ebay will waive shop fees for these sellers for April and May, and if sellers are on hard holiday settings for at least 13 consecutive days Ebay will waive 50 per cent of shop subs.
In order to help sellers retain their sales history for longer during a shutdown period, Ebay will also extend merchant’s out-of-stock listings for 180 consecutive days before ending them automatically, double the usual time.
Last week Ebay also announced a 30-day payment holiday for all of the registered businesses on its platform to help SME’s keep their business running throughout the crisis.
Any of Ebay’s 300,000 registered businesses will receive a 30-day pay holiday, while any newly registered enterprises will not have to pay any fees to list or sell until May 31.
This will allow businesses to list up to 250 product listings each month for free, which is expected to help 99 per cent of all new seller listings.