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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/.

15 thoughts on “Trump May Axe China Postal Rates, Would Small Sellers Win?”

  1. I wouldn’t hold my breath for to long. Common sense tells you it JUST AIN’T GOING TO HAPPEN IN OUR LIFETIME. Its wishful thinking.

  2. I agree. Too good to be true. Every last thing this commander in chief tries to do, the other side pulls out all the stops to prevent him from getting any thing done and create some massive side show.

      1. We’ll see how how long your “emperor for life” stays emperor. I guess it will be as long as that – maybe a short time, though, don’t you think!

      2. Only Clowns vote against their own self interest for the sake of rotten politics. Sop that one up Lee.

  3. This could only work if fees are imposed on Amazon as well. Amazon for sure lobby to get this done. Small merchants will now face bigger harassment from Amazon. The USPS must stop delivering for Amazon for free, yes, for free, do some research, and then you can comment. Checkout the cost of a product, then compare the size and weight and then, search for thousands of items, more than 1 lb under 6 dollars, which sell with free shipping on Amazon, delivered fast, by the USPS, now let me ask, how much is postage for more than 1 lb? For you, small merchant, how much does postage cost to you? Now add shipping supplies, handling, storage and the price of the item, now add the Amazon fees. So, how come there are thousands of items selling for less than 6 dollars and free fast USPS delivery? Just do the math, and please, stop mentioning the 1 penny books excuse, we are talking about postage cost alone, and I’m sure is not a penny. This “Good News” are actually bad news, get ready for more USPS Amazon abuse. See if you can compete with that

  4. Shame it’s a year out. I’d love it if it were done today & get it over with. They’ve had this advantage for too TOO long. RL15 is right–keep the Chinese crap in China.

  5. I do not compete with anyone including the Chinese on ebay since I sell relatively unique items. I doubt it will benefit me and probably will cause my shipping expenses to increase to China. They are not going to sit idly by while Trump raises their rates.

    1. I’ve been selling on eBay ever since it started. I also have several friends and relatives that have also been on it for that long. Never, in all that time, have ANY of us EVER sold ANYTHING to a buyer in China. I guess we all can adjust our shipping charges to China, too. Though, I guess it all would be pointless, wouldn’t it?

  6. I applaud President Trump and it is about time someone had the balls to step up and address the e-Packet problem. As a small business owner, I am beyond appalled that U.S. taxpayers have been forced (for many years) to subsidize the shipping rates of Chinese businesses.
    Not only do these Chinese companies ship their garbage to the U.S. at ridiculously low and unfair rates, they further manipulate the present system by intentionally declaring packages at well under their actual weight to gain even cheaper shipping rates. In the United States, this is considered a criminal action commonly referred to as FRAUD!
    Case in point – This past month I ordered trimmer line from a company in California. Two weeks later an e-Packet shows up from China. I looked at the weight on the package and it stated .1kg (or 3.53oz). As the package felt somewhat heavy, curiosity got the best of me and I decided to weigh it my postal scale. The resulting weight was 2lb 2.9oz.
    I subsequently had a discussion with my mail carrier about this and was horrified to find out that the USPS agreement is such that all e-Packets have to be delivered regardless of the stated weight. The Chinese know this very well and routinely understate the weight of packages to gain an additional advantage on shipping rates. Why pay to ship to a 2lb package when you can falsely claim it weighs just a few ounces and know that your friends at the United States Postal Service are required to guarantee delivery?
    Furthermore, there are many tens of thousands of e-Packets that are declared undeliverable every year and USPS is responsible for returning the packages back to China. Who pays? You guessed it – USPS pays the full shipping cost back to China. The last audit by the Office of the Inspector General found that USPS doesn’t even account for this cost in their annual financial reporting. How absurd is that?
    The New York Times yesterday quoted the average cost to ship the maximum 4.4lb allowable weight from China to the United States is about $5. For me to ship this same weight package to China through the United States Postal Service is $67.60.
    I don’t know about you, but I’ve had it with being taken advantage of by China – a country who routinely lies, steals and cheats when it comes to trade. They flood our country with counterfeit and highly dangerous products, they steal our intellectual property, and they show zero respect when it comes to our patents, trademarks and copyrights!

    1. @ebayout

      Sorry, but you are dead wrong on this one!

      .1kg (one tenth of a kg) is in fact 3.53 oz – You may want to get your “cheater glasses” out. The font on the decimal point on this site is exceedingly small.

  7. China – Postage – Free – NO MORE!

    China is TOAST! Stick a fork in them – they’re done!

    All of their listings on eBay will be gone, no more free shipping subsidized by US taxpayers. That’ll amount to tens of thousands of listings off the site.
    SOLUTION: Free Listings for American sellers. With the economy humming (Thank You, President Trump!), and the Holidays coming up, a good way to propel the needed growth in eBay, will be free listings to sellers. An easy solution!

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