• Patrick Sutton

How to Get Higher Selling Limits on eBay

Updated: Oct 20, 2020

When you decide to make the leap and take your business onto eBay, the first thing that you will need to do is register for an eBay account. During the account registration process, you will be asked if you want to register as a business account or as a personal account. Choose wisely, the type of account you choose will significantly impact the initial selling limits placed on your account.


"Selling limits are designed to help you grow your business in a manageable way and to ensure you can give your buyers great service. As you get more comfortable meeting buyer demand, we’ll increase your limit " - eBay

Once your eBay account is registered, you will be assigned a selling limit. The selling limit is the amount that you are able to list and sell on a monthly basis. There will be two separate limits, an item count and the total value. When you reach one of these limits, you will no longer be able to list/sell anything for the remainder of the month.


On average, new accounts are given the following limits:

Personal Account: 10 items and $500 in product value

Business Account: 1000 items and $25,000 in product value

For example, If your limit is 10/500 and you list 1 item for $500, you will not be allowed to list anything else for the rest of the month. As you can imagine, this can be difficult for businesses who are looking to add eBay as a channel.

Do selling limits apply to all categories?

Regardless of your eBay selling limit, some products/categories will not count against your limits. Listing products that charge higher listing fees upfront like real estate, business and industrial, and motors will not go against your selling limits.

What are the differences between Selling Limits and Category Limits?

Category limits can be confusing because they are not shown anywhere on your account. This limit is also completely independent of your selling limit. If you have a new account and are trying to sell in a “hot” category like cell phones, you will run into a category limit. The typical limit in a hot category is 5 items. This limit will typically go away after the account has shown good selling practices for 90 days.

How can I get higher selling limits?

The way that eBay has designed the limits to work is to organically increase limits every few months based on performance. Obviously, for a business looking to grow, this can be a pain point. So, what do you do when you have reached your limits? 

There are a few ways to get your limits increased:

  1. Call into customer support. If you call into customer support, make sure that you are already utilizing more than 50% of your existing limits otherwise your request will be denied. Your account must also be above standard or top rated and be showing good selling habits.

  2. Click this link to submit your limit request to eBay. Keep in mind, you still have to be utilizing at least 50% of your existing limits for support to consider the increase. Again, your account must also be above standard or top rated and be showing good selling habits.

  3. If you need a substantial limit increase, have a category limit that you need help with, or any thing else, my team can help - click here for help getting higher selling limits.

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