Ive just been reading through this forum and many others, and it strikes me that nearly everybody that uses Ebay, considers the fees outrageous, and as Ebay continue to launch TV campaigns and branch out into other industrys (PayPal/Skype etc) these fees can only get higher.
If you were to pay for any other service, surely you would shop around for the best deal that suited you? There are plenty of online auctions out there that sport "fee free" auctions, (such as Market-Noir.co.uk) and far cheaper auction promotion facilities (such as highlighting or featured items).
Anyway, if you are interested in exploring sites that Ebay doesnt want you to find, simply Google "online auctions" or click here: http://www.market-noir.co.uk/
Thanks for your time, I know its a bit of a long post, just annoys me that there are other sites out there that are genuinly attempting to provide a service to the public, however dont get as much press due to far smaller budgets.