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Fee credits

Most transactions on eBay go smoothly, but if something does go wrong with a sale, you might qualify for a credit on the final value fee.

How do eBay credits work?

If you sold an item and the buyer returned it, or they never received it, you'll have to refund the buyer in full, including postage. After that, we'll automatically issue your final value fee credit.

You're also eligible for a final value fee credit when:

You'll see the credit on your statement or you can view it in your Account Summary. You can use the credit towards your future fees or request a fee credit refund.

We don't issue a final value fee credit if any of the following happens:

  • You refund the buyer outside of eBay – using PayPal's Send Money, for instance
  • You or the buyer asked us to step in, and the case was decided in the buyer's favour

If you have an open unpaid item case in the Resolution Centre, be sure to close it within 36 days of the end of the listing to ensure you get a final value fee credit. After that, the case closes automatically and you won't receive a credit.

Insertion fee credits for relisted items

If you relist your item because it didn't sell the first time around or a transaction has fallen through, you may qualify for an insertion fee credit. We'll automatically credit your account for the insertion fee associated with the relisting, if your listing meets all of the following conditions:

  • Your item sells after you've relisted it
  • Both your original listing and relisting are in the same format (auction-style or fixed price). Classified ads don't qualify for insertion fee credits
  • You relist your item using our tool instead of copying and pasting your original listing into a new listing
  • You relist within 90 days of the original listing ended
  • It's the first manual relisting of your item
  • Your starting price isn't higher than the price in the original listing
  • You haven't added a reserve price to the relisting
  • It's a single item, not multiple quantity

Credits for removed listings

If we have to remove one of your listings, you may receive a credit for any insertion and final value fees. However, this depends on the reason for the listing removal.

If the listing was removed because an unauthorised person used your account, we'll automatically credit both the insertion and final value fees.

If we remove your listing because of a policy violation, your eligibility for a fee credit will depend on the situation, and will take into account any previous policy violations.

Fee credits for removed listings will be credited to your account once a month, so you might have to wait until your next invoice to see the credit.

When you refund a buyer in full for a returned item or you cancel a sale, you'll qualify for a final value fee credit.

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