Are you new to eBay and realizing that eBay has put a selling limit on your account? Frustrating right? First, I want to reassure you that it’s totally normal and all eBay accounts have limits. When you first start out, they’re really low because eBay wants to verify that you’re a legit seller before they trust you to list lots of items.
So if you’re feeling discouraged by eBay’s seller limits, don’t worry! In this post, I’ll share everything you need to know about how to increase your selling limits and grow your eBay business.
Why is my selling limit 10 on eBay?
Before we dive into the tips on how to increase your selling limits on eBay, it’s important to how they work. As I mentioned, eBay’s selling limits are designed to help new sellers get started on the platform and prevent them from making mistakes that could harm their business or put potential buyers at risk.
All new eBay sellers start with a selling limit of up to 10 items with a total value of up to $500 per month.
This means that during the month, you can list or sell up to 10 items for a total of up to $500. The selling limit depends on what will be reached first – the number of listed items/sold or the total sum of items listed/sold.
That may be a bit confusing. Can you list 10 items or sell 10 items? Or maybe it’s both? Let me explain it a little more simply.
Each item in your active and sold eBay listings both counts towards your monthly limit. So if you list 8 items, you have 2 left for the month. If you sell 1 item, you still only have 2 left. Basically, add together the number of listings that are active to the number of items sold to see where you are.
Luckily eBay makes it easy to keep track because you can see it at the bottom of your eBay Seller Hub (you need to be signed in for this link to work).
If you have at least one active listing by the end of the month, the items in it will be added to the selling limit for the next month. Once you reach your selling limit for a calendar month, you can’t create a new listing, raise your prices, or add items to your listing (increasing the quantity on a listing) until one of the active listings ends or the first day of the next calendar month.
I know these eBay seller limits seem restrictive, but remember, eBay will review your account every month and adjust the limits automatically based on your sales volume and the feedback you’ve received from buyers. As you build a positive sales history on eBay and receive positive feedback from buyers, your selling limits will increase over time.
In the next section, we’ll be diving into some tips on how to increase your selling limits on eBay.
How to Increase Selling Limits on eBay without Calling
First, remember that eBay will re-evaluate your account each month and may automatically increase your selling limits. However, if you want to increase your selling limits sooner you can simply click here to request a limit increase. You do need to be signed into eBay for that link to work. Whether or not you’ll be granted an increase will depend, but it can’t hurt!
How Do I Get Past Selling Limits on eBay?
As a new eBay seller, you might feel frustrated with the standard selling limit of 10 items per month. Is there a way to get past selling limits on eBay? If you’re an experienced seller on a different account and just starting a new account, then you can connect the two accounts and possibly get an increase. Otherwise, the answer is no.
Also, you can’t increase your selling limit by purchasing an eBay Store subscription package. While Store subscriptions can open up other features and benefits, like discounts on final value fees and more visibility among buyers, they don’t include an increase in your selling limit.
One more tip: Please don’t create a second new account to get past eBay selling limits. If eBay catches you doing this, you may get both of your accounts suspended so it’s best to just be patient.
If you are eager to make more sales, but have a low limit on you eBay account, I highly recommend cross-posting items on additional platforms.
Want to sell more than eBay will allow? Try cross posting!
If you have the inventory and are eager to start making sales and growing your reselling business, but eBay has a low limit on your account, I recommend cross-posting your items on additional online marketplaces or platforms.
Crossposting simply means listing the same item on multiple selling platforms. If you have 50 items to list, it would be silly to sit on your inventory for several months because eBay won’t let you list more than 10 items. Instead, you can max out your limit on eBay and list everything you have on other marketplaces to increase your sales while you wait for eBay to trust you a little more.
If you’re not already signed up, you can use the links below and we’ll both get credits:
- Sign up for Poshmark & use the referral code AILEENBARKER and we’ll both get a $10 credit!
- Sign up for Mercari with my referral link and get a $10 credit for your first purchase AND another $20 credit when you earn your first $100 selling on Mercari.
There are no selling limits on Poshmark or Mercari, and there are other less popular platforms out there that also have no selling limits. Plus, they don’t charge you any fees until the item is sold so you could literally list hundreds of items for free in the first month. It’s a great way to increase your sales whether you have selling limits on eBay or not.
If you want help managing all of your cross posted items, I highly recommend Vendoo. Here is a full Vendoo review so you can learn about all the features, but it’s super helpful for all levels of resellers! It can help you quickly list items on multiple platforms, remove items from other platforms once they’ve sold so you don’t over sell them, etc.
By following these tips and utilizing tools like Vendoo, you can increase your selling limits on eBay and grow your online business.
Tips to Increase Selling Limits on eBay
Now that you understand the basics, let’s get into some useful tips to increase your selling limit on eBay. Remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint, but eventually you should be able to get a much higher selling limit.
Max out your selling limit each month
If you are able to list and sell 10 items on eBay, then go ahead and do it each month. This is the best way to prove that you’re a serious, trustworthy seller and will help you get to the next level.
List quick sellers first
When you’re just getting started, look at what you have to sell and try to list products that will sell quickly first. This will help you make more money upfront and get more positive feedback faster to prove you’re a reliable seller.
Not sure how to figure out what will sell fast? Here are a couple of blog posts that might help:
- How to Sell Fast on eBay: Top Tips for Quick Sales
- How to Find the Best Selling Items on eBay (5 Ways I Swear By!)
- How To Search Sold Listings on eBay to Price Items (& Decide What to Sell)
Consider selling low
Obviously, you’re in this to make money, and you want to price competitively, but if you want to sell more and sell quickly, you may want to consider selling a few items at lower prices. I’m not saying give items away but aim for the lower end of competitive pricing. Higher prices mean items may not sell right away and you want to show off a bit so eBay sees you’re a good seller. Selling more will also help you get more positive feedback quickly and can eventually lead to an increase in your limit.
Accurately describe your items
When you’re listing your items, make sure to be as detailed and accurate as possible. You want buyers to know what they’re getting so there are no surprises when the item shows up. This will help you avoid returns, refunds, disputes, and all of the other issues that can come from miscommunications.
Avoid negative feedback
Since the whole point of selling limits is to make sure buyers are trusting you, you want to make sure to avoid negative feedback. It’s a good idea to go above and beyond when it comes to customer service and figure out how you can provide the best service. Sometimes this means going the extra mile, but it’ll be worth it to avoid something that will negatively impact your eBay account and your chance to increase your selling limits.
Pay attention to eBays shopping filters
Pretend you’re shopping on ebay. Think of an item and search for it on eBay. Now pay attention to the number of items in the search results, it should be near the top. Now look at the filters along the left side on desktop, or click “filters” on mobile. Note how people can filter items by price, condition, free shipping, etc. Just understanding these filters and doing what you can to minimize being filtered OUT can be helpful in making quicker sales.
For example, if someone click “Free Shipping” and you don’t have free shipping, you’re filtered out! Same goes with price points, etc. I’m definitely not saying you need to do free shipping or anything like that, but just being aware of how people shop is important to make sales so you can increase your selling limit.
Build a positive sales history
Building a positive sales history is one of the best ways to increase your selling limits on eBay. This means consistently delivering high-quality products and excellent customer service to your buyers. When buyers leave positive feedback for your products, it helps to boost your seller rating, which is one of the key factors that eBay considers when increasing selling limits. Many of the things I’ve covered already can help you with this. But also focus on things like responding to customer inquiries and concerns promptly and professionally, and shipping your items quickly and securely. By delivering a great experience to your buyers, you’ll be well on your way to increasing your selling limits on eBay.
Request a limit increase
This may seem obvious, but don’t be afraid to request a limit increase! If you’ve been consistently selling on eBay and building a positive sales history but are still hitting your monthly selling limits, but eBay hasn’t automatically upped your seller limits, consider requesting a limit increase. You can do this by making sure you’re signed into eBay and clicking this link or go to your Seller Hub and scroll down to your “Monthly limits” section and click the “Request to list more” link.
By following these tips and best practices, you’ll be well on your way to increasing your selling limits on eBay and growing your online business. Remember, it takes time when you start, but once you get those limits increased and can start listing more, you’ll have so much more potential to earn.
Selling on eBay can be a great way to make extra money from home, but many new sellers feel discouraged by selling limits. By following the tips and best practices outlined in this article, you’ll be able to quickly increase your selling limits on eBay and have a booming reseller business in no time!