|Fri Nov 2 2012 09:58:57|
eBay to Deprecate PayPal Shipping Labels in 2013?
By: Ina Steiner
They've tried it before, and they may try it again. eBay sellers have long been happy using PayPal to print shipping labels for orders, preferring it over eBay's newer system. Last fall, and again in May, eBay tried to move everyone over from PayPal to the eBay shipping label program. Some cynics suggested it was a way for eBay to record additional revenue.
At the time, eBay spokesperson Johnna Hoff responded to our inquires by stating, "In order to simplify the label printing process for eBay sellers, we are replacing PayPal USPS single shipping label printing with the eBay USPS single shipping label process. The previous process required sellers to log into eBay, and log into PayPal. Now, if sellers want to print a label through PayPal, they can log in to PayPal directly and save time. The view sellers will see will now be the same on both eBay and PayPal. As we roll out this change, we expect to add new features and mailing services on PayPal."
But the eBay shipping label system was not ready for prime time, and eBay once again allowed sellers to use PayPal's shipping label flow.
Now, UPS has sent a letter to sellers telling them that starting in May 2013, purchasing and printing UPS labels through PayPal will no longer be offered. However, UPS shipping services will continue to be available to eBay sellers when listing items for sale.
It looks like eBay may once again try to move sellers from the PayPal system to the eBay system next year.
UPS also informed sellers about its own system for printing shipping labels. The shipping carrier wrote, "As an alternative, UPS Internet Shipping with My UPS offers a comprehensive set of features and services to support your eBay shipping needs."
I'll see if eBay will share more information about the UPS letter. In the meantime, let us know what you're seeing and what you think of the two shipping label programs. And in the meantime, head over to the AuctionBytes Blog and take our survey about your use of shipping carriers and services!