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New Ebay Selling Limits - 5 Items Per Month - Tricks To Beat The System - The Solution Is Simple

Updated on February 17, 2012


The worlds largest online auction site first introduced selling limits back in October of 2010, limiting the amount of items a seller can list within a 30 day period. In 2011 I published an article titled: "New Ebay Selling Limits May Change Ebay Forever". This article was written to provide sellers with a little insight into the changes, and how selling limits would affect eBay in the future. I have received a tonne of feedback from the original article, and many readers have told me that they were able to use the information provided to get around the selling limits, and start making money on eBay again. Since then eBay has introduced even tougher selling limits, and this has prompted me to write a new article, with more up to date information, including the newest strategies to bypass eBay selling limits.


Originally eBay imposed selling limits on new sellers, or sellers who had low detailed seller ratings, allowing them to sell just 10 item per 30 days. This makes it almost impossible to make a profit selling on eBay, because it can take months, even years before these limits would be increased. Of course if you are only allowed to sell 10 items per 30 days, this can take quite a long time, especially when many people don't even bother to leave feedback. Recently eBay has been giving new sellers a limit of just 5 items per month, making it twice as difficult to build up positive feedback.

The good news is, not all new sellers are subjected to these limits, and with a little help, you might be able to bypass the limits all together. In this day and age, there is no way you can make money on eBay if you play by their rules, all their policies are designed to screw the small time sellers, and cater to the big commercial sellers that are already established. The only way you will survive on eBay is if you learn to beat their system. This means using aliases, opening multiple accounts and keeping up to date on all the latest policy changes.


1: Create Multiple Accounts - You won't be able to survive on eBay with just 1 eBay seller account, you will need to open multiple accounts using aliases and virtual credit cards. I have published another article giving step by step instructions on how to go about doing this > Create New Account.

2: Start Slow - The most important thing you need to do with a new account, is to make sure you don't try to list too many items too quickly. You should list just 1 item of very low value on a 7 day auction, and wait until it ends. Then you might want to list 3 or 4 more items, and wait another 7 days. Often if you start slow like this, eBay will flag you as "low risk", and allow you to sell freely without selling limits. If you encounter selling limits in the beginning, don't list your maximum allowable, instead just ignore your account for a while and list nothing. When you come back in a week or two, or maybe even a month, you might find that you have been flagged as "low risk". It is not advised to use "buy it now" listings with new accounts, this makes you appear to be "high risk".

3: Build A Reputation - You can use multiple accounts to buy your own items, and leave positive feedback in order to build a good reputation as a seller. If you are careful to follow the rules outlined in the steps in creating multiple accounts, this should not be an issue. You have to make sure you don't link your accounts by using the same browser, or the same IP address. Of course providing good service to your real customers will also help you establish a good reputation.

4: Pay Your Fees - If you pay your eBay seller fees on time, you are more likely to look like a "low risk", and that is the goal. It is even better if you pay your seller fees with a credit card, but keep in mind that if you use the same card with more than one account, those accounts will be linked, and that will cause problems.

5: Do Your Homework - The best source of up to date information on the internet is the Aspkin eBay forum, there you will see the latest posts from professional eBay sellers, sharing information on how to beat the system :


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      chaco 18 months ago

      I am new seller on ebay and now i am below standard i do not know if they are going to restrict me from selling next month

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      jannetdeni10 18 months ago


      I was selling on ebay for nearly 5 years and became top rated seller as well. We went on holiday for two weeks and stated on the account saying we are on holiday. Two days ago my account was permanently restricted selling on ebay saying my seller performance is low. there is no chance to correct your self and just taken out of the site as quickly. I still got lots of stuff which I bought to sell. I was living out of it and don't know what to do. has anyone faced the same situation like me? Please advice how to get away from it?


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      REALIST 5 years ago

      Actually the 21 day hold policy with Paypal payments is sufficient as far as eliminating scams, so this doesn't seem at all necessary. Ebay is also notorious for lying to customers, telling them they have been scammed by a fraudster, when in reality, eBay has seized the funds pending an investigation of a seller's account. They do this often, and most of the time it has nothing to do with fraud.

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      Man from Modesto 5 years ago from Kiev, Ukraine (formerly Modesto, California)

      Of course, eBay does this because of lying scammers. I have lost money on eBay and respect this move.

      While you may be helping mostly legitimate sellers, some scammer will benefit from these insights as well. Can you track how much traffic this hub gets from China and Nigeria? Might be interesting!