According to EBay, accepting checks and money orders will come to a halt in January. Seems to me to be a good way to make sure they get all the PayPal commissions.
I am a relatively new EBayer, we have been selling seriously for about 2 years. They seem to keep tinkering with the fees and each time they do it, you guessed it, we pay more. But, EBay has allowed us to run a business from our home that I don't think would work in any other environment (even Craigs List).
Sadly, they are the only game in town. I know a lot of EBayers have talked about moving to Amazon, but depending on what you sell, you have to qualify to get in there.