Relax now … We sell (and buy) frequently on Ebay so we know how it all works except for the Global Shipping Program; No personal experience with that tbh.
As far as Exchange Rates go it doesn’t matter where you buy from, you’re going to have the exchange rate if you’re buying outside of your set currency (either via paypal, credit card or your bank). Â That’s an exchange issue, more than a fee issue. Â Honestly, the paypal exchange rate isn’t any worse than my bank currently offers on my credit card.
Sellers inflating the price to cover fees … well, that’s the seller inflating the price, not the buyer paying fees. Â Some sellers will absorb the cost of the fees (such as we do), others will not. Â When buying things like a board game from an individual on Ebay, chances are they have not taken the fees they will have to pay into account. Â In the end, you may be paying the fees, but it comes from the sellers side, not the buyers.
Let’s use a real world example (Our own sales via Ebay of Custom IPC’s) :
Our set price (on ebay) of $49.95 + $9.95 shipping and handling
You pay : $59.90 (exactly as you would through our online webstore, only with added ebay buyer protection) + exchange rate (if you’re paying in anything other than CAD)
We pay : Cost of the product and packaging, $0-$3.95 additional Actual shipping cost, Ebay Seller Fees, Paypal Seller Fees.
Out of that $59.90, ebay takes $5.99, paypal takes $2.04 and shipping can cost us $0-$5 more than we’ve charged. That leaves us with $36.92-$41.92 (less the cost of the product) on a $59.90 sale… but you’ve paid $59.90 (plus exchange rate if applicable), just as advertised when you added the product to your cart.
I guess what I’m trying to say, really is that as a BUYER on Ebay, you pay exactly what you agree to pay (plus exchange if applicable) … no more, no less. Â As a SELLER you get whatever price you asked for (or whatever your auction ended at) MINUS the fees associated.
A long way to get to it but … sure, you MAY be paying the fees, in the end (depending on the seller) … but it’s already included in the price you agree to. Â And, when it comes to Anniversary Edition, that price is going to be high no matter where you buy it from (unless you REALLY luck out like the poster above did at a garage sale).