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EcommerceBytes Soundoff: Letters to the Editor – May 10, 2020

Letters to the Editor column
EcommerceBytes Soundoff: Letters to the Editor - May 10, 2020

In every issue, readers soundoff about issues important to them. From shipping issues to payment processing, from fees to online marketplace policies, EcommerceBytes Soundoff gives you a chance to air your views.

eBay returns are getting out of hand.

I thought they increased the return time for a customer from 4 days to 30 days. However, now they are now saying 35 BUSINESS DAYS until cases time out.

That is almost 7 weeks, right?

So buyers have 30 days to open a case, then another 7 weeks to return the item. Wow.


Hi Ina,
It’s been a couple of years now, but it still irks me no end that eBay is charging me a final value on postage. I’ve never heard of any auction that took a commission on a seller’s expense.

I know you track this kind of thing closely. Has anyone ever challenged the company in court on imposing this fee as illegal? I’m considering asking a lawyer about a class action suit and wonder if you have any thoughts.

For example, the flat rate shipping and packing that I paid USPS Priority envelope I charged the buyer actual cost $8 get an additional 96 cents charged to me as a “final value”. This can not be legal, why is it still happening?

Hi Ina,
I am again doing taxes. I am AMAZED that neither PayPal nor eBay can provide any useful numbers in plain English.

I would like to know:

  • Gross Income
  • Fees Paid eBay
  • Fees Paid PayPal
  • Paid Postage.

Nowhere are these numbers available in plain English – why???????????

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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/.