Nice price cut from eBay on media sales

eBay really stepped up to the plate this week, as they announced posting price cuts on media auctions. The media cagtegories include books, movies, music, and video games. No mention of whether Final Value Fees would be decreased as well. The new lower fee price table can be seen below:

Starting Price Current Fee New Fee
$0.01 - 0.99 (auction-style only) $.20 $.10
$1.00 - 9.99 (auction-style & fixed price) $.40 $.25
$10.00 - 24.99 (auction-style & fixed price) $.60 $.35

In my opinion, this is a huge step in the right direction by eBay, who have chosen to listen to their customers' feedback and input. Since a lot of these media types are sold as used goods, their sold price is usually between the $1 - $20 range, so the higher posting fee was a large chunk out of the final profit made by the seller. This great news coupled with the recent decrease in store inventory from 5 cents to 3 cents are solid improvements by eBay's business development team.


Sex Sells Baby!

The old adage that "sex sells" is not only true, but prevalant in the collectibles industry. A magazine that has an attractive celebrity or sports figure on the cover is likely to sell 5x better than your average magazine of that circulation. Sports Illustrated Swim Suit issues sold as collectibles, sell at double the price of covers with sports figures. While most of these sports figures are or soon will be inducted into the hall of fame of their respective sports, that uknown model in a bikini spread out on the white sands will garner the higher price.

But swim suit models are not the only popular sex icons, as covers of ESPN the Magazine include recent issues featuring Danica Patrick, Maria Sharapova, and Gretchen Bleiler. While these ladies are authentic athletes, they are involved in sports that usually do not get much mainstream attention. So why does ESPN make a point to showcase them on their covers? You got it... Sex Sells.

Of course you can use this knowledge to better serve you as you decide to source your sale items or your collection. On a side note, the Sports Illustrated Swim Suit Issue is on sale this month.


This blog was created to share news, information, and trends related to the collecting and selling of pop culture items. I personally specialize in sports magazines, sports memorobillia, comics and action figures. However, all sorts of collectible lovers are invited to post their thoughts on this site, in an effort to share ideas and knowledge.