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eBay Extends Commercial Plus Shipping Discount to Sellers

eBay is running a series of promotions to get sellers listing during the week of Cyber Monday. In one promotion, it’s extending Commercial Plus Pricing to sellers who wouldn’t normally qualify for the USPS shipping discount.

Not only that, it’s offering to pay for the cost of returns.

“Save up to 37%* on shipping this holiday season – Get our lowest USPS Priority Mail® label rates and free return shipping,” eBay stated in the promotion.

Here’s the description of the shipping promotion:

“Invited sellers will receive the Commercial Plus Pricing discount, which are the lowest rates eBay offers on USPS Priority Mail labels, typically reserved for eBay Top Rates sellers and sellers with more than 300 average monthly transactions. That means you can save up to 37% on domestic shipping.

“Sellers also get any return shipping costs associated with their USPS Priority Mail outbound shipment transactions credited back to their account when they purchase the return label on eBay.”

The free-return portion of the promotion caused some confusion. Sellers discussed it on the eBay discussion boards. “Note the catch,” a seller wrote. “eBay will reimburse you for return shipping only if your return policy is one that says the seller pays for return shipping and it’s a non SNAD/seller fault type return.”

Here’s the pertinent section from eBay’s terms: “If you incur a return on or before February 29, 2016 for the USPS Priority Mail label transaction, where you (the seller) are responsible for the cost of return shipping, purchase an eBay-generated return shipping label for the transaction.”

The shipping promotion runs from November 1st to December 31st, 2015. Returns must be initiated on or before February 29, 2016.

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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). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.