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August 2008
***Category Structure Changes in September 2008***

August 25, 2008 | 10:27AM a PHT


Based on suggestions from the Community, improvements have been made to the category structure on eBay.ph effective from Monday, September 15, 2008. New categories and sub-categories (in bold) have been created for more effective item search as follows:

Art [550]

    Drawings [60436]

    Paintings [551]

    Prints [10164]

    Sculptures, Carvings [553]

    Other [4174]

Clothing, Shoes & Accessories [11450]

    Women’s Clothing [15724]

      Plus Sizes [3029]

        Shirts, Tops [63887]

        T-Shirts, Tank Tops [63888]
      Sleepwear [63855]

Entertainment [45099]

    Music [11233]

      Cassettes [1600]

Jewellery & Watches [281]

    Jewellery Sets [43209]

    Vintage, Antique [48579]

Toys & Hobbies [220]

    TV, Movie, Character Toys [2624]

      Puzzles [2613]

If you have any comments or feedback about these changes, please send us your suggestions and they will be considered for future enhancements.

Thanks again to all our members who contributed to these changes!

Regards,
The eBay Team
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***Important News for eBay.ph Sellers – Free Gallery, Buy It Now and other changes to Optional Feature Fees***

August 21, 2008 | 11:15AM a PHT


eBay Philippines will be making changes to optional feature fees with effect from Tuesday, September 16, 2008.

We are happy to announce that all sellers, who list on eBay.ph, will be able to enjoy the Gallery, Buy It Now and Supersize Picture for free. Other optional features such Scheduled Listings, Gallery Plus and eBay Picture Pack may also be enjoyed at lower prices than before.

Optional features help increase bids and chances of selling success. See full details of optional feature fee changes here.

Listing on eBay.ph is still free. Sellers will not be charged for any Insertion Fees or Final Value Fees on Auction and Fixed Price formats.

These changes have been made in response to the feedback from our community and for closer alignment to other international eBay sites. We hope you will take advantage of the changes and thank you for your continued support.

Happy selling!

Regards,
The eBay Team
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***New pricing, more incentives and other changes to bring more buyers***

August 21, 2008 | 10:54AM a PHT


eBay has made an important announcement regarding changes to pricing, shipping and seller standards. More details can be found here.

Here are the key highlights of the changes:

Listing fixed price items is more affordable than ever
We are changing our pricing to reduce your upfront cost to sell and align with your success. On September 16, the listing fee for all items sold via the Fixed Price format will be lowered to a flat fee of only 35 cents, for up to 30 day duration. This represents a 70 percent reduction in listing fees on Fixed Price items. There will also be a special rate of only 5 cents for Buy It Now™ Fixed Price listings in the Media category (Books, DVDs & Movies, Music and Video Games) running till end of year.

There will be no changes to Auction-style listings, which, when combined with a low start price, remain the most cost-efficient way to offer many kinds of items.

Free shipping incentives in all categories, plus shipping charge limits in Media
From October 1 till year end, sellers who offer free shipping will receive the option to use the Subtitle feature for free. Eligible PowerSellers will also stand to receive double Final Value Fee discounts.

In addition to shipping incentives, there will be limits to shipping and handling charges for the Media category. Media sellers will need to offer at least one shipping option within the specified limit. With this move, we are ensuring that buyers encounter fewer excessive shipping charges, which is the number one reason they leave the site.

Updated seller standards – minimum DSRs
There will be a new minimum Detailed Seller Rating (DSR) requirement to further improve the customer experience for everyone on eBay. From November 1, sellers will need to have a minimum 4.3 across all four DSR categories, over the prior 30 day or 12 month period depending on volume, in order to continue selling on the site.

Today, only a small fraction of sellers fall below this threshold, yet they are responsible for a high percentage of customer complaints, which hurts you and our marketplace overall. We encourage all sellers, whose scores fall below the 4.3 threshold, to adjust their business models and/or work on improving their DSR scores in the next 2 months.

Please note that changes announced on eBay.com, eBay.co.uk and eBay.de vary. Find out more about what is being announced on other sites here:
UK Announcement
Germany Announcement

Should you have any enquiries about the changes made, please contact Customer Support via Live Help.

Sincerely,
The eBay Team
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***Update on Feedback Percentage***

August 14, 2008 | 12:50AM a PHT


In July, we made an announcement that there will be a recalculation of Feedback percentages without neutrals. Neutrals, whether left in the past, or received in the future, will no longer be counted as part of the Positive Feedback percentage.

The recalculation is scheduled to take effect on August 20th (PHT), before the next deadline for PowerSeller eligibility. Hence, neutrals will not impact PowerSeller eligibility for the month of August.

Sincerely,
The eBay Team


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