Hi, I am new here but have a maths problem that is causing me to loose my hair lol. I am trying to arrive at a price to sell something on eBay, taking into account the variable costs that eBay and PayPal charges and factoring them into the selling price. However, the selling price also changes too and so it alters the costs. Here is the problem I have:
Selling price $12
+ Insertion fee $0.50
+ PayPal fixed fee $0.30
+ eBay variable fee $x = 5.25% of a
+ PayPal variable fee $y = 2.4% of b
= selling price $a
+ postage $8.50
= total price $b
b = Insertion fee + PayPal fixed fee + eBay variable fee + PayPal variable fee + postage.
Note that y affects a, which affects b again, which affects y, which affects a, etc. Likewise x affects a, which affects x again.
Any help would be greatful. Thanks.
Anyhoo, assuming that $12 is what you will receive, then selling price b = $22.58
n = net (12)
f = fixed fees (.80)
p = postage (8.50)
u = percentage of a (.0525)
v = percentage of b (.024)
FORMULA b = a + p where a = (n + f + vp) / (1 - u - v)
Code:net from sale 12.00 12.00 fixed fees .80 12.80 .0525 of a .74 13.54 .024 of b .54 14.08 : a postage 8.50 22.58 : b
a is the selling price for the auction on eBay. b is this selling price + the cost of postage and handling.
Initially I put all the costs like eBay fees, PayPal, etc into the postage and delivery (b-a) but it inflated the postage quite a bit. Even though it is both cheaper for me and the buyer, it doesn't look attractive as a price.
So I decided to put all the costs into the selling price to see how that looks, but it gets inflated because of the eBay variable costs, which then inflate the PayPal costs, which then go back into the selling price, which inflates that, etc.
What I am after is a true cost analysis - to see how much it truely costs to sell on eBay. Whether I absorb those costs or pass it on is something I'll look into a bit later. But in the meantime, I really want to try and keep a 50% profit margin because I will be boot strapping the business and relying on cashflow to build it up, market, etc.