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eBay Explains How Royal Mail Rate Changes Impact Sellers

eBay issued a notice to sellers in the UK, informing them of the Royal Mail rate changes for 2015. “We want to explain how this affects you,” eBay UK stated.

Announced at the end of February, the changes take effect on March 30th.

eBay UK noted that Royal Mail extended the price promotion for 2nd Class Small Parcels 1-2kg, and it encouraged private sellers – those who are not registered as business sellers – to shop around, particularly when it comes to larger/heavier items.

“We’ll do our part by making available offers from a range of couriers – some with large discounts – in our Label Printing service,” it said.

eBay also called out changes impacting international shippers: “Royal Mail is introducing a new International Large Letter format. The dimensions and weight steps are the same as the Domestic Large Letter format. In addition, Royal Mail are extending the number of countries in which you can use International tracking and signature services.”

eBay will update its Postage Estimator by March 30, 2015 to reflect the changes that Royal Mail is introducing. “We’ve also updated the tool to reflect the services that are available on our Pay and Print Label Service and to display the Postage Discounts available on that platform,” the marketplace said.

“We recommend that you check out the new postage costs for your items using this tool to ensure that you are not caught out by the changes on 30 March.”

See the full announcement with links to rates on the Royal Mail website.

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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). She is a member of the Online News Association (Sep 2005 - present) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (Mar 2006 - present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.