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February 3, 2008

New Fees Increase Affiliate Payout by ~25%

Filed under: eBay — estreet @ 7:31 pm
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eBay’s Bill Cobb announced a new seller fee structure effective Feb 20, 2008.

eBay new final value fees

I used this fee calculator to see what it means for eBay affiliates. For an average eBay sale of $25, the total seller fees (Sales Amount) increases from $1.86 to $2.34.

This yields a 25.5% increase in the affiliate payout. The other shoe could drop if announces changes to the affiliate payout.  Also, the Final Value Fee amount is reduced by 15% if a seller meets certain standards.

Sellers can recoup some of their fees by promoting their own items through the affiliate program.’s payout is pretty attractive right now. “Sales Amount” is defined as the total fees (insertion, promotion, final value) the seller paid on an item.

ebay affiliate payout

So what does this look like broken down by item? In my Commission Junction account, this sale shows a Sale Amount of $42.22. $21.11 gets paid to me. This is a pretty sweet sale because most are much, much, much lower. 😉


This sale is more typical and has a Sale Amount of 1.93 ($.97 is mine).


You can view the eBay items on which you earned affiliate payments.
1. Download the Commission Junction report from the transaction reports page in CJ.
2. The 2nd value in the Order ID field/column is the eBay item ID. Paste the eBay ID into eBay’s search field.

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