What you need to know about selling limits

In this article, you will learn all about selling limits. You will find out what they are, how eBay calculates them, what happens when you exceed your limits and how to make sure that selling limits don’t interfere with your activity on eBay.

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What are selling limits?

eBay’s selling limits (sometimes called selling allowance) are specific restrictions placed on the number of listings (new) sellers are allowed to post. They are designed to grow your business in a manageable way and to ensure that you give your buyers the best service.  

How does eBay calculate selling limits? 

Selling limits are calculated: 

  • per each item available on the listing
  • each time an item is listed/relisted
  • every 30 days for GTC (Good Till Canceled) items.

Both active and sold listings count towards your monthly limit.

How can I check my selling limits? 

Here’s how you can check your selling limits in the Seller Hub: 

1. Go to the Overview tab of the Seller Hub.

2. Scroll down and go to the Monthly limits section to view your current limit.

How does eBay adjust selling limits?

eBay will review your account once a month and automatically adjust your limits based on: 

  • your sales volume 
  • the feedback you have received from buyers.

Your selling limits can decrease, if the account repeatedly breached policies (for example: listing prohibited items, listing duplicates or listing in a wrong category). 

If you want to increase your selling limits, you can write to eBay’s support and request it. You can also check out this article in our Help Center

What happens if I exceed my selling limits?

If you exceed your selling limits, you won’t be able to:

  • list any new items
  • relist items (as well as synchronize translated items with the original item, which requires relisting)
  • renew Good Till Canceled items.

How can I save my selling allowance?

In order to save some of your allowance and not exceed your selling limits, you can do the following things:

1. Decrease the number of items available per listing on original items.

2. Decrease the number of items in stock only on international sites (the Max Quantity setting allows you to choose the maximum available stock on translated versions of the item, even if the original item has a much higher available stock).

3. Remove items without sale history (NOTE: you can do that by contacting our Support).

4. Close the low performing market(s).

5. List only the chosen top performing listings, on the top performing sites (NOTE: listing only the top performing listings is still much better than removing the international sites altogether, because by maintaining the presence on foreign markets you allow international buyers to see your products and many will follow them to your domestic shop to make a purchase there).