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Is the eBay Plus membership worth it in Australia?
eBay Plus shakes out at a decent annual price but only for regular users of the online marketplace.
From television to video games to online shopping, every type of service is taking advantage of the subscription payment model with varying results. eBay Plus is the online shopping giant's crack at committing its customers to a monthly membership but are the delivery and discount benefits worth the $4.99 per month fee?
What is eBay Plus?
eBay Plus is the subscription plan from one of the internet’s first marketplaces for businesses and consumers. What started as an online auction house, primarily, has become more of a business-to-consumer marketplace like Amazon. And just like Amazon Prime, eBay Plus is a subscription plan for the platform’s most frequent users; a monthly fee that saves you on delivery and returns while offering access to exclusive discounts and events like eBay Tuesdays.
How much does eBay Plus cost in Australia?
eBay Plus costs $4.99 per month in Australia if you pay every month. There’s also an annual subscription for $49, which you pay upfront. The annual subscription shakes out at about $4.08 per month (a saving of roughly 18% over the year).
Is there an eBay Plus free trial?
If you don’t use eBay all that much but you’ve spotted an offer you can’t refuse, you can always take advantage of the 30-day free trial of eBay Plus. Just be sure to cancel eBay Plus before your first 30 days is up to avoid paying your first bill when the free trial ends.
eBay Plus deals and benefits
So what do you actually get for your $4.99 fee? Like most of these subscriptions, the biggest benefits come and go. Permanently, you’ll get free express metro delivery on eBay Plus items in NSW, ACT, SA, VIC and QLD (sorry WA, NT and TAS) and free standard shipping where express delivery isn’t available. It also gets you cheap(er) movie tickets with its $25 HOYTS LUX tickets (but only on Tuesdays) and free returns on all eBay Plus items.
But the biggest eBay Plus temptation is eBay Tuesdays, a weekly sales event for members that has had some seriously decent deals, such as this $299 Nintendo Switch deal. Or this storewide 20% off discount at Lenovo. Not every deal is newsworthy but there’s almost always a standout tech deal from some of the biggest brands.
Recently, eBay also announced its own version of Prime Day, Plus Weekend. A sales event scheduled for the 24th of May 2022.
How does eBay Plus compare to Amazon Prime and other subscriptions?
Amazon is easily eBay’s biggest competitor in the online shopping space and its popular subscription service Amazon Prime was the first to really corner the market on this type of shopping membership. At $6.99 per month, Amazon Prime is a little more expensive than eBay Plus but it also offers incomparable value. Not only does Amazon Prime get you access to Prime Shopping discounts and deals but also Prime Video, one of the best TV streaming services available, Prime Music, Prime Reading and more. In short, eBay Plus doesn’t really hold a candle to Amazon Prime when it comes to ongoing value and the number of benefits.
On the other hand, eBay Plus compares favorably to the subscriptions offered by Kogan and Catch.
Kogan First costs $59 per year and doesn’t have a monthly payment option at the time of writing (it used to cost $11.99 per month). While Catch OnePass costs $4 per month or $40 per year. All three services offer similar benefits but eBay Tuesdays has been the only exclusive sales event out of the three to really make headlines.
Here’s a comparison of each shopping subscription:
|30-day free trial||$4.99/mth or $49/yr||Free express domestic delivery to metro areas (NSW, VIC, QLD, SA and ACT) on eBay Plus items. Free standard delivery to all other areas.||Free returns on all eBay Plus products.||Access to exclusive offers, discounts and events like eBay Tuesdays.$25 HOYTS LUX tickets on Tuesdays|
|30-day free trial||$9.99/mth or $79/yr||Free express delivery on Prime products Free standard delivery on select international orders over $49Discounted priority delivery in select areas||Standard Amazon policy of free returns on fashion products and any other product labelled with 'FREE returns'.||Early-bird deals and exclusive Prime Day discountsPrime VideoPrime GamingPrime MusicPrime ReadingAlexa Voice Shopping|
|14-day free trial||$99/year||Free shipping on Kogan productsExpress delivery on products that already offer free shipping||Standard Change of Mind Policy allows for free returns within 14 days of delivery of Kogan-exclusive brands.||Earn 1% of ever purchase with Kogan RewardsExclusive member-only offersFurther 5% off Pantry and Beverage productsPriority customer service|
|30-day free trial||$4/mth or $40/yr||Free delivery for 1000+ Catch, Kmart and Target productsFree order pick-up from 400+ Kmart, Target and KHub stores||Standard Change of Mind Policy allows for store credit or product exchange if returnd within 14 days of recieving order and meets return criteria.||Exclusive weekly deals on eligible items from Catch, Kmart and TargetDouble Flybuys points for every OnePass purchasePriority customer servicePersonalised offers|
How to cancel eBay Plus
Whether you’re a paying eBay Plus customer or want to cancel before your 30-day free trial is up, cancelling eBay Plus is easy if you know where to look.
First, visit the eBay Plus homepage using the login details you signed up with (you could also find a link to eBay Plus in the top navigation bar on eBay).
Under the My eBay Plus section, select the Edit membership dropdown.
Select Cancel membership. A pop-up will give you two options, Cancel anyway and Keep benefits. Select Cancel anyway.
On the next page, you’ll be asked to select a reason for canceling. Select your response and click continue.
And you’re done. You will still be able to access eBay Plus benefits for the rest of the free trial period but access will be revoked 30 days from the date you signed up.