eBay is continuing to roll out versions of its new listing tool to additional sellers, some of whom took to the eBay boards to report a problem with shipping options.
One seller explained, “The new listing experience is lacking the ability to select USPS small flat rate box as a shipping option. All other flat rates are available from flat rate envelope to large flat rate box…..but no small flat rate box. I posted in the tech support section because I assume this is a technical problem or an oversight.”
Another seller who said they noticed this problem 3 months ago shared a workaround that added extra steps to the listing process: “I was chatting with an eBay representative about this issue about 3 months ago. Obviously nothing happened, but you can bypass the “glitch” by after picking one of your templates, leave everything blank and go first to SHIPPING. Miraculously the “Add services” window will offer the USPS Priority Mail Small Flat Rate Box.”
Yet another seller noticed others discussing the same problem in recent days and pointed to a separate thread on the eBay boards where sellers were discussing it.
An eBay moderator shared a response from the shipping team, which asked if the seller was listing the package dimensions within the maximum for USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate Small Box (8.6875″x 5.4375″x 1.75″).
The seller responded that they believed entering package dimensions was not the problem and was certain that it was a coding issue, writing in part, “You don’t need an estimated package size to ship flat rate because “if it fits it ships” so the estimate is inaccurate and probably this is confusing the entire community. The estimated 7x4x4 8oz default package size shouldn’t prevent the option from showing up. However, the small flat rate box does appear to show up if a package size is manually entered.”
The eBay moderator replied, “Thank you for this updated information. I will be sure to share this with the Shipping Team and once I get another update I will share it with you!”
The original poster had also pointed to a second problem: “Also not an error but we still have no ability to ship Priority Mail Express padded Flat rate envelopes through eBay. eBay only supports the flats intended for documents (USPS doesn’t like those stuffed).”
It may seem to the outside observer that such problems are minor or only affect some people, but to sellers who can’t offer their customers the cheapest shipping options, it’s a major deal.