I listed my bike here for £290, and someone wanted me to throw in postage. About 10% of the total cost I think. I got £410 collected on ebay for it, so I'm pretty happy with it. Cost me a few quid to list if that though, not 11!
druidh – true, but I do think Ebay is shafting the individual user in terms of fees and policies over the business sellers. Methinks the time is ripe for an alternate auction site to get it's act together and fill the void that Ebay has now vacated. If anyone knows of such a site please let me know 😉
£11.50 listing fee!!!!? How on earth many pictures did you upload? I generally pay in the region of £1.50-£2.00 listing (including any buy it now price and photos) and always start the listing at the lowest price I'd be prepared to accept with no reserve. Agree about the final value fees and Paypal's cut though but I was pleasantly surprised when I sold my Tazer last month – I'd budgeted for around £75 fees all in and ended up paying around £60 to ebay and Paypal.
Reserves only put people off, if people don't know what the reserve is they dont seem to bid. I used to do all the customer sales, ex demo's and any other random bike sales at SJS and they always sold very very well with no reserve and a decent listing. I do think that the recent increase in final fees from 5.25% of the first 30 3.75 of the next 70 and 3.25 of the rest (iirc) to 10% of the final price is a serious sexual assault!!!