eBay has always set itself up as an online marketplace ‘Connecting Buyers and Sellers Globally'. There are over 25 million sellers on the platform with over a billion active listings at any one time. If you sell on eBay, you might have seen that there are limits on the number of products you can sell. These vary from seller to seller and even category to category. This can often be frustrating if you don't know about it. With that in mind, let's take a proper look at eBay selling limits and what they're all about.
What Are eBay Limits?
eBay selling limits are exactly as they sound. A limitation on how much you can actually sell through the eBay marketplace platform. Different sellers have different limits in place. This might be because you're a new seller or have been listing items for sale on eBay for a good number of years.
As an example of this, as a new seller, the ability to bulk list items and use editing tools in that way only become active when you've been active for 90 days and have received a minimum of ten positive feedback ratings. This is why so often people try to buy eBay feedback, to get themselves more features quicker, but it's not advisable to do that, as you'll see if you click on the blog post.
In order to see the status of your eBay selling limits, simply log into your account, go to the Overview tab on the Seller Hub. Then scroll down until you see the Monthly limits section where you will discover your current limit.
Why Are Limits In Place?
You have to remember that eBay is a business and they want everything to run as smoothly as possible. At the end of the day their business has to run on their terms and we, as sellers, much adhere to their rules and regulations. In order to give the buyers using their service the best possible service, this is why there are eBay selling limits in place. They're designed to ensure you can build your business slowly but surely.
Starting off small let's you dip your toe in the water. It lets you prove that you can sell properly and give the customer a good service. As time passes and you continue to do this, your limit will increase. It's all about trust and by limiting, especially new sellers, it's easier to keep an eye on everything and maintain a decent customer service across the board. Your eBay selling limits renew every month. This is great because it allows you to plan ahead. You have all the information you need to organise what you want to sell and when you want to sell it.
Different Types Of Allowances
There are different ways that eBay views your account and sets your limits. Firstly, account-based selling allowances assist stable growth on the platform. This is where your limits vary from seller to seller and can be increased based on how you sell. It can also decrease depending on how you sell, that's well worth remembering too! You don't want to fall below the minimum performance standard. This will mean you may have extra limitations placed on your account to try and guide to to become a better seller. These account based allowances don't apply to a couple of categories including cars & vehicles and property.
eBay selling limits also exist in category form. There are restrictions to the number of items you can sell in certain categories. You might find yourself with limitations in certain categories for any of the following reasons. If it's been less than 90 days since your first sale. If you fall below the minimum performance standard or haven't sold in the category for over a year. You might get limits if you haven't previously sold multiple items in this particular category.
f course, there are then item based allowances to protect sellers from counterfeit items, replicas, fakes and copies. You can get listing limitations raised by trying to do the best you possibly can with certain areas of your eBay account. Resolve all buyer requests, have a decent selling history of at least three months and be verified on PayPal. Have positive buyer feedback, a good history of following eBay rules and have no feedback which questions the authenticity of the items you're selling. Your account needs to be in a good general standard in order for eBay to consider raising your item limits.
Increase Your Selling Limits
If you're doing an amazing job selling, you might be able to get your eBay selling limits increased. This would start allowing you to create more listings and sell more. Hopefully giving you more profit too! If you're edging closer to your monthly limit, you'll receive a message to remind you. It will inform you to the fact you're getting close to it. Within that message you can submit a request to increase your limits. When you request a limit increase, eBay might want more details from you including details about your business and contact information.
It's worth keep an eye on how well you're doing at selling, according to eBay's dashboard. This will give you an idea of whether or not it's worth pressing the button to ask for an increase, or not. If you're doing really well, eBay will likely grant you an increase because, the more you sell, the more money you make. You can check your performance as a seller in your Seller Dashboard. A great tip is to link your account with another well established seller account. Lots of people have more than one eBay account. If you can link them together, you're showing you have experience and that will be favourable with eBay decision makers.
So, as you can see, selling on eBay comes with all sorts of rules and regulations. Which are necessary to keep us all safe. However, if you prove that you are a good seller, the sky is the limit and you'll soon unlock those eBay selling limits.