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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/.

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  1. BOB: The USPS isn’t necessarily the end rate of a postal charge. As a seller who more than occasionally posts Antiquarian books the eBay capped rate on postage in the books category does NOT reflect the actual charge. While media mail may be $10 insurance could easily be $30 and packing materials $10. These are legitimate costs and not inflated for monetary gain. eBay, as any auction house, provides a platform and thus takes a flat rate. While we agree this flat rate isn’t dependent on the final value fee (as the service provided is relatively standard given an honest listing). (Auction Houses charge a flat rate with decreased rates for increased sale prices). By capping the amount of postage it denies certain quality items from being listed. Now, mandatory insurance included by the cost of the sale rate, with actual postage, actual material costs, and actual handling variables (we drive Canada into the US so there is a $25 fee split between all packages, thus arbitrary to the amount of sales per week) would be nice. But it would require honesty on behalf of eBay and the seller.

    PAUL: There is something going on with sales; there has to be. Has anyone not reported slow sales?

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