Sellers pay the bills at eBay.
Fees are assessed for listings and upgrades (see [Hack #36]), and eBay gets a percentage of
the final value of each successfully completed auction.
Any eBay user can check his or her account by going to My eBay
→ Accounts → Account Status. The fees are broken
down individually and cross-referenced by item number. So to see
exactly how much a particular auction cost you, just search for the
item number, add up the corresponding amounts shown in the Debit
column, and subtract any corresponding entries in the Credit column.
A more convenient approach is to use a spreadsheet to organize the
data. First, go back and turn off Pagination and choose the
appropriate date range. Click Submit and save the resulting page to
an HTML file (File → Save As in your browser).
If you want to remove the images and search box from the page, open
the HTML file in a text editor and do a few search-and-replace
operations before importing it into Excel. Replace every occurrence
of <img with <ximg, and
every occurrence of <input with
<xinput. Save the file when
Open the page in a web-capable spreadsheet like Microsoft Excel.
Highlight all the rows above the table (about 30 rows), and remove
them (Edit → Delete). Do the same for all cells below the
table. Finally, sort the listing by item number. Select the entire
sheet (Ctrl-A), go to Data → Sort, choose
"Item" in the first box, and then
It's not pretty, but it does the job in less than
two minutes, and it's free.
Step Up to Selling Manager
For a monthly fee, you can have access to eBay's
Selling Manager tool. Among other things,
Selling Manager keeps an archive of past sales for up to four months,
allowing you to download a sales history in a more convenient CSV
(comma-separated value) format than the spreadsheet hack discussed
earlier. CSV files can be easily imported into any spreadsheet,
database, or accounting program.
Selling Manager simply appears as a tab in My eBay, replacing the
Selling tab discussed in [Hack #65]. See Figure 7-5.
Figure 7-5. Selling Manager provides more robust sales records for an extra fee
You can subscribe to Selling Manager by going to pages.ebay.com/selling_manager. eBay offers a
free 30-day trial, and is even kind enough to remind you a few days
before the trial period ends. Selling Manager can also be used for
more general-purpose auction management, as discussed in [Hack #74].
One of the drawbacks of Selling
Manager is that it won't migrate any of your past
completed auctions to the new format; only currently running auctions
and auctions that have ended after you upgrade
will ever appear in Selling Manager. However, you can always click
"Original My eBay Selling tab" to
temporarily revert to the old interface to view older completed
If you prefer to do your accounting and reporting off-eBay, you can
Reports (www.andale.com) or
(www.auctiva.com), both of which
offer some additional functionality at some additional