Your listing allowance

Every seller is allowed to list a certain number of items without incurring high volume listing (HVL) fees. This helps to maintain a healthy rate of sales on Trade Me and discourages sellers from crowding categories.

If the number of live listings you have on Trade Me at any point in time exceeds your listing allowance, you will be charged an HVL fee for each additional listing over your allowance. Currently, this fee is 10 cents per listing.

By default, every seller is given a listing allowance of 50 listings. However, you may qualify to receive a larger listing allowance based on how well you’re doing and your total sales.

How we calculate your listing allowance

We calculate a seller’s listing allowance at the end of each week. This is based on their previous six weeks’ selling activity.

To work this out, we take the total number of sales from your best week of selling (during the last six weeks) and multiply this by five – the resulting number is your listing allowance for the upcoming week.

DVD and Blu-ray catalogue listings, Lost & Found Pets and classified listings such as Motors and Property do not count towards your listing allowance calculation, and do not incur an HVL fee.

You can find your current listing allowance on your Sales summary page in My Trade Me.

Example: how listing allowances work

Jane sold 20 items in her best week over the last six weeks. That means that this week, Jane has a listing allowance of 100 items (20 x 5 = 100).

How we calculate your listing allowance if you have multiple-quantity listings

For multiple-quantity listings, your listing allowance is calculated based on the number of individual purchases made, not the total quantity of units sold.

Example: multiple-quantity listings

1. Jane has a multiple-quantity listing and sells 61 cups to 61 different buyers in her best week. This means her listing allowance is calculated:

61 x 5 = 305

(Number of transactions x 5 = listing allowance)

2. Jane sells 61 cups to two buyers in her best week (one buyer bought 30 and the other bought 31). This means her listing allowance is calculated: 2 x 5 = 10 (but her listing allowance would stay at the minimum of 50)


Why am I being charged for each of my listings?

Paying HVL fees does not reset or raise your listing allowance. These fees apply to every listing, every time you exceed your listing allowance, regardless of what you've already paid.

Why do listing allowances exist?

Not only do listing allowances help sellers to maintain a healthy sell-through rate, they also help stop category spamming. Just imagine how many identical listings would crowd categories if there was no limit to how many listings each seller was allowed.

How can I raise my allowance?

To increase your listing allowance you need only have more successful sales. The more you sell, the higher this allowance will be.

More information

Check out pages on HVL fees, multiple-quantity listings and Top Sellers for more information.

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