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Fri July 6 2018 14:36:12

Sellers Ask If Trade Tariffs Will Impact eBay and Amazon

By: Ina Steiner

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The US imposed tariffs against China on Friday, which retaliated with tariffs of its own. 

The fallout is of concern to retailers of all sizes. The National Retail Federation has been weighing in on the issue, urging restraint. On Thursday, it issued a statement from NRF CEO Matthew Shay regarding the US tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese goods set to take effect today:

"With tariffs against China taking effect, American consumers are one step closer to feeling the full effects of a trade war. These tariffs will do nothing to protect U.S. jobs, but they will undermine the benefits of tax reform and drive up prices for a wide range of products as diverse as tool sets, batteries, remote controls, flash drives and thermostats. And students could pay more for the mini-refrigerator they need in their dorm room as they head back to college this fall.

"We strongly urge the administration to abandon its plans for tariffs on another $200 billion in Chinese imports, which would destroy thousands of American jobs and raise prices on virtually everything sold in our stores. Reining in China's abusive trade policies is a goal shared by many countries, but a strategy based on unilateral tariffs is the wrong approach and it has to stop."

Small sellers on eBay are also discussing the issue, responding to a thread started in March with the title, "Will Tarrifs on China affect anything on eBay?"

"Those being undercut by Chinese sellers here might see some relief eventually. It's definitely a wait and see sort of thing," one seller said.

Another seller said they didn't know how tariffs would impact US sellers, but called for shipping-rate parity, referring to the impact of Terminal Dues that makes it cheaper to ship to US shoppers from certain countries than it costs US sellers.

Another poster said US sellers would face higher costs if they sell Chinese-made goods, since they'd have to pay more when importing them. 

Amazon sellers are also wondering how tariffs could impact them. In a thread started 3 weeks ago, some sellers pointed out that even products made in the US may be made from materials sourced from overseas. 

One seller pointed out that exporters of US-made goods might be impacted through retaliatory tariffs.

Curious about the products affected by new tariffs? CNN listed the items impacted on both sides in this story.



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by: RL15 This user has validated their user name.

Fri Jul 6 18:17:41 2018

ha ha china. all china junk should be banned from the u.s.

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by: sasikat9 This user has validated their user name.

Fri Jul 6 19:22:48 2018

If you buy chinese and sell chinese. YES

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by: Grady This user has validated their user name.

Fri Jul 6 22:52:56 2018

I have to think that the impact from China e-packet is much more noticeable than the impact of these new tariffs will be. I have no idea why comrade Trump has no interest in going after the e-packet issue.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Fri Jul 6 23:20:15 2018

President Donald Trump suggested to the G7 leaders that the world should eliminate all tariffs, trade barriers, and subsides in order to promote free trade.

Can the world compete with the USA?

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ming the Merciless

Sat Jul 7 00:02:17 2018

American sellers selling Chinese made products will be hurt.

American buyers buying Chinese products in consumer quantities on ebafia and amafia will likely not be paying more.

Chinese consumer buyers buy very few American made products from these marketplaces (except possibly to copy) so I expect the effect to be static. (I'm not referring to cars, whiskey, pork, or soybeans.)

American buyers in general buying anything on the list including components will be more nd that include flat screen TVs.

The combined effect of the retaliatory tariffs the UK, the EU, Canada, Mexico, and China have imposed will cost thousands of American manufacturing and farming jobs as exports decrease and this stupid trade war could very lead to an unnecessary worldwide recession which will damage ALL of us.

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by: Carol Is Here This user has validated their user name.

Sat Jul 7 07:43:08 2018

It just is too much.

Where has the National Retail Federation been as Chinese sellers have destroyed American small and medium business on Ebay and Amazon?

Where have they been when the Chinese sellers get cheap postage subsidized by Americans?

The National Retail Federation has helped all this happen. They don't represent anyone but those who make money from Chinese slave labor and government-supported American business destruction.

It is nauseating to see them try to get support by using tactics like "poor college students who won't get cheap, slave labor made Chinese mini fridges.'

National Retail Federation is part of the problem. It is just a Wall Street sideshow.

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by: Carol Is Here This user has validated their user name.

Sat Jul 7 07:49:22 2018

Farming jobs?

LOL.

The CHINESE GOVERNMENT owns much of the agriculture companies in the US now.

Many jobs were replaced with machines.

You know that bacon that gets thrust at you from every direction? Chinese companies own most of the pork companies. They reward the American media for promoting it for them.

Same thing with many other American farming companies. The Chinese take advantage of US taxpayer-funded SUBSIDIES to the agriculture industries.

It is a bad situation that few Americans know about because the Wall Street media keeps it well hidden, since Wall Street is getting the payout from the Chinese government who owns these companies.

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by: DingDong This user has validated their user name.

Sat Jul 7 08:45:26 2018

Grady,
I believe the e-packet will be addressed when the agreement expires and that can be negotiated.
(I thought I read that somewhere)

I remember reading years ago, that for American based items going into China had to pay a tariff or they can't sell there. And yet, Chinese stuff comes here, pretty much free of charge.
This is why it's so hard to export American base items because of these tariffs. How is this fair trade.?

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This user has validated their user name. by: CanBrit

Sat Jul 7 13:13:19 2018

We have a cottage in Ontario. We went up there on July 2nd and brought some items with us to restock the kitchen. There are hundreds of everyday items on their list we had to pay an extra 10% for at the border crossing. Ketchup, coffee, any meat of any kind, etc. The list went on and on.....

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ming the Merciless

Sat Jul 7 15:17:04 2018

@Carol isHere

I don't know or care where you live, but I live in an agricultural state, and the Chinese do NOT all or even many of farms and ranches.

Who does own these farms and ranches are American families who employ other Americans and some undocumented Mexican workers.

The American workers will jobs first because the undocumented work for less. Fair? Hardly.

But that's how it works.

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by: SANT1N1 This user has validated their user name.

Sat Jul 7 18:09:00 2018

@Carol isHere
LOL, I wondered why that bacon fetish went viral years ago, now I know...bacon ice cream? Gimme a break!

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Sat Jul 7 18:44:33 2018

A good read for Ming

https://newfoodeconomy.org/who-really-owns-american-farmla
nd/

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by: go-figure This user has validated their user name.

Sun Jul 8 11:05:21 2018

@Carol: Well said and spot on regarding the NRF! The NRF was also a big supporter of eliminating the sales tax ''advantage'' of online sellers: ''The National Retail Federation (NRF) said Thursday that online sellers have a distinct advantage over brick-and-mortar stores and changes must be made to ensure the same tax policy is applied across all merchants — whether local or on the Internet.'' Note that the NRF did not list International sellers (i.e., China for those that just can't seem to be able to read between the lines).

@toolguy: Shame on you for properly educating those that think they know it all. ; < )

We reside near Smithfield, VA, the home of Smithfield Foods (the largest pork producer in the world and now owned entirely by a Chinese company). A really stupid sweetheart deal swept through by the Obama Administration. If you've ever installed Chinese drywall in your home, bought a child's toy with lead paint applied to it, bought a hover board that exploded into flames, you would know why there has been a big backlash around here against Smithfield Foods and the amount of shelf space they have now lost in area grocery stores. We shouldn't have to be concerned about what we eat!!!

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ming the Merciless

Mon Jul 9 02:42:59 2018

I never said the Chinese didn't own big agriculture. I simply said that in the some states many farms and ranches are still family owned and that these tariffs would cause job losses

So perhaps, go figure, you're the one Tool should be educating. Start with Econ 101.

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by: Windkissed This user has validated their user name.
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Mon Jul 9 08:13:00 2018

I have already noticed an increase in postage on things coning from China.  I buy alot of supplies from their to make my jewelry and the postage has gone up and some of the sellers that gave FREE shipping are now charging.  This is not only China though, it is also other countries like India??????????  But they still have better quality items.

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by: Whatever This user has validated their user name.

Mon Jul 9 09:19:53 2018

Much as I hate - loathe and detest the big orange mobster - I have to agreed with him on tariffs - why has the USA allowed this to go on for so long. It should be tit for tat - you want to import a german car? 10% tariff - you want to send a chevy to germany? 10% tariff - what is wrong with that picture? China has had free trade long enough to make themselves billionaires several times over - they now have more than any other country on the planet all the while as USA slips into a 3rd world status.
Moving onto the farmers - well I have a friend up in montana who has a 6,000 acre farm. He's been selling his wheat to china for years - so china is going to slam him with a new tariff? Who loses there? Shoot we have been feeding china for years - they have a billion people. Soon they will be starving like the N Koreans. We will simply sell our wheat to S America or some other hungry country or how about feeding it to americans again? I'd love to see a loaf of good bread here cost less than $4 a loaf.

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by: Tiffee Jasso This user has validated their user name.

Mon Jul 9 09:45:36 2018

Almost every country charges taxes on American goods. I think it is about time America charges taxes on foreign goods. Why does everyone in the financial world want the US to offer free trade while they collect taxes of one kind or another (this includes the Asian sector as well as Europe).
Also I think the US ought to be collecting a minimum of $1.00 tax on each share sold or traded on Wall Street, regardless if made by American or International trader, and use that money to offset the tax gap that was created when taxes were lowered for the wealthy this past year and to help lower the National debt.

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by: Barbbie This user has validated their user name.

Mon Jul 9 10:22:05 2018

@Grady
Epacket won't be addressed by the current administration until around 2019 when it is their turn. The change that comes or came this year is Kerry's and the next will be by whoever the SOS is at that time. Their is only one re-calculating of the rates every 4 years.

I think he should charge tariffs on the under 20.00 items too.

I am not worried about the tariffs at this point. Something has to be done so that USA can be treated fairly and you have to start somewhere so this is okay by me.

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by: Paul W This user has validated their user name.

Mon Jul 9 10:26:22 2018

"I think it is about time America charges taxes on foreign goods."

You understand, (do you?) that the taxes (tariffs) that America charges on foreign goods are paid by YOU.  

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by: zenbreeze This user has validated their user name.

Mon Jul 9 11:09:43 2018

I had the same thought as Grady.  The epacket issue is worse.  Talk about not having a level playing field.  China can ship to the US cheaper than I can ship to the next county.  And sales tax.  If they enacted point of sale instead of continually trying to get us small US sellers to have to file 42 sales tax reports monthly, they could get sales tax from those Chinese sellers.  At the very, very least, there should be a big notice on all international listings that you are buying from another country--for consumer protection. Amazon now hides the country of origin.  Bit me.  The estimated delivery time was 1 week so I thought it  couldn't be from China but it was and took several weeks.

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