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eBay Offers Protection to Sellers Impacted by Hurricane Dorian

eBay Offers Protection to Sellers Impacted by Hurricane Dorian

eBay posted an announcement to offer advice to sellers impacted by Hurricane Dorian. It also said it would automatically protect sellers’ shipping metrics related to the storm – be sure to read the details to see if you’re covered.

eBay announcement follows:

Due to severe weather expected in the Florida region due to Hurricane Dorian, communication, power, and transportation lines may be disrupted. Some carriers may suspend shipping services.

If you’re located in the Florida region and may not have access to your inventory, we recommend:

  • Communicating with your buyers to let them know the situation.
  • Ending any auctions/taking down any Buy It Now listings before they result in a sale.
  • Place your store on vacation mode (if you’re an eBay Stores subscriber) and extend your handling time on all items to when you can get back to business.

If your business is affected, eBay will automatically protect your Seller Performance and your late shipment rate will not be impacted under these conditions:

  • Your ZIP code has been identified by the major shipping carriers: USPS, UPS, FedEx.
  • Our tracking data shows your shipment was delayed or not delivered due to this weather event.

Please note: you may see late shipments due to this weather event on your seller dashboard, but they will be removed before the seller evaluations occur on the 20th of each month.

Rest assured that sellers need not worry about their eBay seller performance due to delays caused by weather. For those in the affected regions, there is no need to contact Customer Service. eBay will automatically protect seller shipping metrics due to this event.

We will continue to monitor the situation and update this article if needed.

SOURCE: eBay Announcement

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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/.