eBay is urging users to sign its petition requesting the Postal Regulatory Commission not to raise shipping costs. eBay sent an email this week to members of its Main Street grassroots lobbying program with the title, "eBay Says Keep USPS Prices Low."
Why is the Postal Regulatory Commission reviewing postage rates? It's the law, as the USPS explained
in a post this week.
In the petition, eBay tells the PRC that the USPS is a "key package delivery service" for eBay's top sellers, and says higher postage results in abandoned online shopping carts.
"Affordable shipping options enable small ecommerce businesses to compete for customers and grow their package volume. Conversely, higher package prices mean reduced competitiveness for small ecommerce retailers that rely on the USPS. This lost competitiveness jeopardizes not only the ability of small e-retailers to grow, but also reduces the overall ecommerce package volume that is critical to the USPS."
Here's the letter eBay sent to users:
Send a letter. Sign our Petition! Tell the Postal Regulatory Commission NO to increased shipping costs.
Dear Main Street Member,
eBay sellers know that their customers want low-cost shipping. That's how our sellers compete. They offer the best inventory and best shipping options at the best prices. Unfortunately, some in the package industry want to drive up postal prices to eliminate competition. This could be disastrous for small businesses that use eBay.
The Postal Regulatory Commission - the entity empowered to oversee US Postal Service rate changes - is currently reviewing rules that determine how the USPS manages its costs. Some proposals under review would offset USPS costs by increasing prices for the shipping services that eBay buyers and sellers regularly use.
Sign our petition if you agree that package shipping should be kept affordable.
Participation is easy. Together, we can make a difference.
Sign the Petition Now!
The eBay Government Relations Team