Tip 1 – SELL BEFORE EBAY SLASHES FREE LISTINGSIf your home’s an Aladdin’s cave of goods you’ve meaning to flog, act now before eBay slashes the number of ‘free’ listings you get per month. Sellers pay two types of fee. First, there’s a basic insertion fee based on the auction’s starting price. Even if this is ‘free’, there’s a flat 10% ‘final value’ fee if the item sells. Insertion fees are changing Currently, you pay no insertion fee on the first 100 auction-style listings per month with a start price of 99p or less. Otherwise, it’s between 10p and £1.30, depending on start price. Buy-it-now items cost a flat 40p. From Tue 13 May, you’ll only be able to list 20 items per month for free. Though on the upside, these can be auction or buy-it-now listings with any start price. After that, it will cost a flat 35p. The good news is in May you’ll be able to list 120 items for free. Until 12 May, you can list 100 99p or under free. Then between 12 and 31 May, you can list another 20 auction or buy-it-now items with any start price. What to do The action to take depends on what you’ve got to flog. Got a big stash of 100+ items? Sling ‘em on eBay now. This is perfect for offloading low-cost items not guaranteed to sell, as you won’t lose any cash if no one buys. We’re talking mags, CDs, broken electronics, etc. It’s also worth it for more valuable goods with mass appeal. Listing these items at 99p can spark bidding wars and ultimately mean higher closing prices. Only got a few items/niche goods? Here, there’s no rush. From 13 May, you can still list 20 items per month with no insertion fee – plenty for most folks. The boon’s these can have any start price, so this is better for people worried about valuable wares selling for 99p. This is more of a danger for goods only a few will be interested in, so wait till Tue to list those at higher prices.