I am guessing eBay almost certainly will ding TRS sellers who needed to mail packages on Tuesday, March 14 to meet their "business day" shipping requirements. I can't guess how many sellers will be impacted, but those of us in numerous Eastern/Northeast states it was impossible to mail anything on the day that the "Stella" nor'easter storm hit.
This should not be counted as a "business day" because our post offices were physically closed. It wasn't just mail service, entire post office operations were suspended for not just individual but entire zip code ranges.
Even if we could have gotten out on the roads after being buried by up to three feet of snow, entire states had declared a "State of Emergency" (at the state, not local level, no less). It is illegal to drive during a state of emergency.
by state, from the USPS Website (note this site is continually updated, so reports on it may change).
I wonder if eBay will take the high road and "forgive" us for being unable to meet "next business day" deadlines for orders paid for over the weekend or Monday.
I am wondering what others make of this situation and hope enough sellers will check and complain if eBay does not give them credit, since it was impossible to meet the deadline on that particular day.
Note from the Editor: eBay posted an announcement about the storm and wrote, "Rest assured that sellers need not worry about their eBay seller performance due to delays caused by weather-related delays in this region. We will continue to monitor the situation and include any sellers who may be affected."