» Auction Fees Explained

Bidding / Buying
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This is fee to start your auction. You will only need to pay a fee if you sell or select Optional Service to promote your auction. We charge a Final Value Fee that is assessed only if your item ends with a winning bidder. We offer some Optional Services that can be used to enhance the listing that must be paid for whether or not the item is sold. If you choose to use any of our Optional Services and the item does not sell it can be relisted free of charge using the same options.

For any item that is won by one a bidder we assess a final value fee based on the selling price of the item. A sold item is one that is bid on and won by a bidder in accordance with our User Agreement. If an item does not sell, no Final Value Fee is assessed. In other words, if you create a basic listing (one that uses no Optional Services) and the item does not sell you owe us nothing. Click here for a full description of the Final Value Fee .

Our Optional Services are designed to make your auction listing stand out from the others. The services consist of priority placements and attention-getting features that help to get more bidders to look at and hopefully bid on your item. No other print or online classified ad or auction venue offers the package of priority placement and attention-getting options offered by Pooshka.com.

What's Free - We do not charge any 'insertion' fees for creating a basic listing. Basic listings are completely free unless the item is won by a bidder (sold items are assessed a Final Value Fee). When listing an item, the seller can decide on an item-by-item basis which of our optional services (if any) to use. Our basic listings are more powerful than the paid listings available on other sites or venues. Sellers can use HTML to create fancy listings.

What's Not Free - We offer some optional services such as icons that appear to the left of the item in the category page, counters, highlighting, bolding and colored titles. We will also charge you to upgrade your listing to a Showcase Item or a Featured Item. And, you will have to pay a Final Value Fee if the item is won by a bidder.

Each seller must place a credit card on file with us to be able to list items for sale. You can use Place a Credit Card on File on our For Sellers page to place a credit card on file or to update your card on file. Any fees you incur will be accumulated throughout a calendar month and then billed to your credit card on file on or about the 15th of the following month.

If your credit card fails to authorize, you will not be able to list additional items until you use Place a Credit Card on File on our For Sellers page to update your card on file. If your card fails to authorize, your account must be paid promptly; past due users will be suspended from using the site until the balance has been paid in full.

Optional service fees are non-refundable once used and must be paid for whether or not the item sells. Items that do not sell can be relisted with the same level of optional services with no additional charge. You must relist the item that did not sell by using our Bulk Relist Items function located on our For Sellers page. If you relist an item that was won by a bidder, the relisting will incur the same fees as the original listing.

If a bidder wins an item but does not complete the transaction, you can request a credit for the Final Value Fee plus the cost to relist the item at the same level of optional services. Credit requests must be made within 60 days of the close of an auction. Our Non-Paying Bidder Overview located in For Sellers explains the process of requesting a credit.

Showcase Listings
Showcase listings are the most powerful marketing tool our sellers can use. Showcase auctions are randomly displayed on our Home Page. Our Home Page is the most-visited page on Pooshka.com. Consequently, Showcase auctions will be seen by the largest audience of any of our auction types. When a seller lists an item, he can decide if he wants to upgrade the listing to our Showcase.

Featured Listings
Each category such as Rifles, Pistols, Shotguns and etc. contain two sections of auction listings. Featured auctions are listed at the top of each category, and are listed first in search results. Because the item is listed above other auctions, it will typically be seen by more bidders and will often draw more bids and command a higher purchase price. When a seller lists an item, he can decide to have that item listed in the 'Featured' section. In doing so, he will incur a small fee for that listing.

Make your listing stand out from others in the category listings for a small fee! This option highlights your listing in yellow to make it stand out from the other listings.

Boldface Title
Consider using boldface text to make your item’s title stand out from the others in the category listings for a small fee!

Colored Title
Upgrade your listing by using color to draw a buyer’s attention to your title - you can choose to use red, green, or blue. A colored title is especially effective when combined with the boldface title option.

Thumbnail Image
A thumbnail image is a miniaturized picture of your item that is displayed to the left of your item's title when a bidder browses or searches our listings. Thumbnail Images are an eye-catching device designed to draw the bidder's attention to your listing.

A counter keeps track of the number of times an item has been viewed since being listed. Sellers can use counters as a way to gauge the interest bidders have shown in an item. They can also experiment with different item titles and upgrade features to measure the effectiveness of each variation.

Scheduled Auction
A Scheduled Auction is one where you select the start date and time for the auction instead of launching it immediately. Sellers can use this to enter auctions before they want them to be displayed so that they have the flexibility to enter the information when it is convenient for them.

Final Value Fee
A Final Value Fee is assessed if your item is sold. The Final Value Fee is assessed when the listing closes and is based on the price that the item is sold for. If the item is not sold (reserve not met or no bids were placed) there is no Final Value Fee. For Dutch auctions the Final Value Fee is based on the cumulative sale price of all items sold out of the lot.

Here is how you calculate your Final Value Fee:

Final Value Final Value Fee
$0-$25.00 4%
$25.01 - $1000.00 4% of the first $25 ($1)
Plus 2% of the remaining value
$1000.01+ 4% of the first $25 ($1)
Plus 2% of the amount between $25-$1000 ($19.50)
Plus 1% of the amount over $1,000
Need to calculate final value fee? Use Online Calculator
How do our fees compare to other websites? View Chart

Fee Summary:
Standard Fees Fee Amount
  Insertion Fee Free
Optional Fees  
  Showcase Listing $3
  Featured Listing $2
  Listing Highlight $1
  Boldface Title $1
  Colored Title $1
  Thumbnail Image Free
  Counter Free
  Scheduled Auction Free

Final Fee Comparison:
Final Value Pooshka.com
Final Value Fee
Final Value Fee
Final Value Fee
Final Value Fee (Std. Membership)
$25.00 $1 $1.25 $1.25 $20 (guns), $2 (non-guns)
$50.00 $1.50 $1.88 $1.88 $20 (guns), $2 (non-guns)
$100.00 $2.50 $3.13 $3.13 $20 (guns), $2 (non-guns)
$200.00 $4.50 $5.63 $5.63 $20 (guns), $4 (non-guns)
$300.00 $6.50 $8.13 $8.13 $20 (guns), $6 (non-guns)
$500.00 $10.50 $13.13 $13.13 $20 (guns), $10 (non-guns)
$700.00 $14.50 $18.13 $18.13 $20 (guns), $14 (non-guns)
$900.00 $18.50 $23.13 $23.13 $20 (guns), $18 (non-guns)
$1000.00 $20.50 $25.63 $25.63 $20 (guns), $20 (non-guns)
$1500.00 $25.50 $31.88 $31.88 $30 (guns), $30 (non-guns)
$2000.00 $30.50 $38.13 $38.13 $40 (guns), $40 (non-guns)
$3000.00 $40.50 $50.13 $50.13 $60 (guns), $60 (non-guns)

Other Fee Comparison:
Standard Fees Pooshka.com Fees GunBroker.com Fees AuctionArms.com Fees GunsAmerica.com Fees
  Insertion Fee Free Free Free Free
  Bidder Membership Free Free Basic: Free, Premium: $3.95/m Free
  Seller Signup Free Free $4 one time Free, $19.95/m, $29.95/m, $49.95/m
Optional Fees       Below for Basic Membership:
  Showcase Listing $3 $4.95 n/a $20.00
  Featured Listing $2 $2.95 $2.95 $6.00
  Listing Highlight $1 $2.00 $2.00 $3.00
  Boldface Title $1 $1.00 $1.00 $1.50
  Colored Title $1 $1.00 $1.00 n/a
  Thumbnail Image Free $0.25 $0.50 n/a
  Counter Free $0.50 $0.50 n/a
  Scheduled Auction Free $0.10 n/a n/a
  Bordered n/a n/a n/a $1.00
  Display My Other Listings Free n/a n/a $6.00
  Additional Images Free Free Free $2.00

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