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EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2804 - May 15, 2012 - ISSN 1539-5065    2 of 5

eBay Australia Removes Postage Caps for Books

By Ina Steiner
May 15, 2012

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eBay sets limits on what sellers can charge for shipping and handling fees to buyers in certain categories. On Monday, eBay Australia raised some of those caps and removed shipping & handling caps altogether in the Books and Magazines category.

eBay Australia said the reason for the change was the Australia Post postal rate changes that took effect on April 2, 2012. "To ensure sellers are able to remain competitive, eBay has today updated relevant postage caps to reflect Australia Post's changes," the company said in its announcement.

The postage cap changes are as follows:

  • Books and Magazines: all postage caps have been removed;
  • CDs: postage cap has been increased from $5.20 to $7.20;
  • DVDs: postage cap has been increased from $10.40 to $11.40.

eBay said the reason for having postage caps in the first place was because "there are cases where some sellers have been charging too much for postage which has resulted in the perception that postage costs are expensive on eBay. This is affecting your reputation as a good seller."

See more information about limits on shipping & handling charges on the eBay Australia website.

About the author:

Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.

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