Fees for Using GunBroker.com
We charge no recurring membership fees. We charge no fees to bidders/buyers who register with a corporate, government, or ISP email address. Users of free email services such as Gmail, Yahoo, AOL etc., will be charged an activation fee of $1.00. Persons whose registration information is flagged as suspicious by our fraud prevention systems may be charged a $2.00 fee to go through a detailed security check.
We charge no ‘insertion’ fees. There are two types of fees that may be incurred when you list or sell items on GunBroker.com. We charge a Final Value Fee that is assessed only if your item ends with a winning bidder or is purchased using the BuyNow! function. We offer Optional Services which can be used to enhance the listing and 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.
To create a safe buying / selling environment, sellers must verify their identity with us. Sellers will be charged a verification fee of $2.00 to go through a detailed security check. This process is required in order to be able to sell. We reserve the right to deny access to site features if we are unable to verify your identity.
For any item that is won by a bidder or purchased using “BuyNow!”, 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.
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). Our basic listings are more powerful than the paid listings available on other sites or venues. Sellers can use HTML to create fancy listings. Pictures within the item listing page are free. Sellers can take advantage of our automated picture upload facility to add pictures to their listings; in fact, we strongly recommend doing so. Basic listings can be very effective and they contain the same information as their Showcase or Featured counterparts.
What’s Not Free – Sellers are assessed a Final Value Fee when the item sells. When listing an item, the seller decides on an item-by-item basis which of our optional services (if any) to use. Optional Services, such as thumbnail images that appear on the Search results page, highlighting, bold titles, colored titles, view counters, subtitles, showcase, featured and scheduled listings, are charged at the time of listing and are non refundable.
Each seller must place a payment method (bank account or credit card) on file with us to be able to list items for sale. To place a bank account or credit card on file, go to My GunBroker > My Account > Billing Info and select the add bank account or add credit card link.
Any fees you incur will be accumulated throughout a calendar month. Around the 5th of the month, the seller will receive a statement showing fees for the prior month. The balance due on the statement will be billed to the payment method on file. For example, if you sell an item in January, your statement will be available on or after the 6th of February; payment will be due the 20th of February.
If your payment method fails to authorize, you will not be able to list additional items until you update your payment method on file. If your payment method 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.
Secondary Payment Method: You may specify a secondary payment method for us to use to help keep your account current. If for some reason the Primary Payment Method fails to process successfully, we will attempt to charge your Secondary Payment Method. After placing an additional payment method on file, you would then specify Primary and Secondary Payment methods in the Automatic Payment Methods section of My GunBroker > My Account > Billing Info.
Manual Payment: If you wish to make a payment using a different payment method than the one on file, you can go to the My GunBroker > My Account > Billing Info section of our web site and click Make a Payment. The payment must be received before the 20th of the month, or your payment method on file will be charged for your balance due.
Payments via Check or Money Order: The mailing address is located on the payment stub on your statement. Please be sure to write your account number on your check. Your payment must be received by the 20th of the month or your payment method on file will be charged for your Balance Due.
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 going to My GunBroker > Selling >Sold section, finding the item in question and choosing “Relist” or “Relist with Edit” from the drop down menu. To bulk relist, use our Relist an Item function located on our For Sellers page. Note: If you relist an item that was sold, the relisting will incur the same fees as the original listing.
If a bidder wins or purchases 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 40 days of the close of an item listing. Our Request a Credit for Listing Fees FAQ explains the process of requesting a credit.
Our Optional Services consist of priority placements and attention-getting features that help to get more bidders to look at and hopefully bid on your item. When a Seller elects to use Optional Services, the seller incurs a small fee at the time of listing as noted in the Fee Schedule below. Optional service fees are non-refundable once used and must be paid for whether or not the item sells. If you choose to use any of our Optional Services and the item does not sell, the item can be relisted free of charge using the same options.
Showcase listings are the most powerful marketing tool our sellers can use. Showcase items are randomly displayed on our Home Page. Our Home Page is the most-visited page on GunBroker.com. Consequently, Showcase items will be seen by the largest audience of any of our Optional Services.
Each category such as Rifles, Pistols, Shotguns and etc. contain two sections of item listings. Featured listings 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.
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.
Consider using boldface text to make your item’s title stand out from the others in the category listings for a small fee.
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.
A thumbnail image is a miniaturized picture of your item that is displayed to the left of your item’s title when a buyer browses or searches our listings. Thumbnail Images are an eye-catching device designed to draw the bidder’s attention to your listing.
A view 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.
A Scheduled Listing is one where you select the start date and time for the item listing instead of launching it immediately. Sellers can use this to enter items before they want them to be displayed so that they have the flexibility to create, enter information and launch the items when it is convenient for them.
A Subtitle is additional text that is display below the Item Title on the search results pages. It is space that can be used to provide buyers more information regarding your item, and it also improves your item’s visibility and increases its searchability.
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. You can use our Final Value Fee Calculator to find out the fees associated with your item.
Here is how you calculate your Final Value Fee:
- Take the first $50 of your final value and multiply it by 5%. If your item sold for $50 or less this is your Final Value Fee.
- If your final value was more than $50, take the additional amount over 50 and multiply it by 2.5%.
- Add up these amounts and that is your Final Value Fee.
For example, a $1500 item would cost:
- $50 times 5% = $2.50
- $1450 times 2.5% = $36.25
- Total = $38.75
A $500 item would cost:
- $50 times 5% = $2.50
- $450 times 2.5% = $11.25
- Total = $13.75
|Final Value||Final Value Fee*|
|$0 – $50||5.0% of the final value|
|Over $50||5.0% of the first $50 ($2.50), plus 2.5% of the remaining value|
|* If your item is sold, you will be assessed a Final Value Fee as shown above.|