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Sun Aug 9 2020 21:00:49

Can the USPS Price Its Way Out of Its Financial Woes?

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The President gained support of small online sellers when he advocated raising prices of postage for packages coming from China, but those same sellers may disagree with his latest thinking on shipping rates.

President Trump wants the USPS to raise prices package and shipping rates - by approximately four times, he said in April, according to the Federal News Network.

That fact that the USPS has financial woes is not in dispute, but the reasons why and what to do about it are.

The USPS reported the results of its most recent fiscal quarter on Friday. It grew revenue 3.2% ($17.6 ... Read More

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Thu Aug 6 2020 16:49:22

eBay Flips Switch on Managed Payments

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eBay switched on Managed Payments for more sellers yesterday, August 5, with many reporting they'd been migrated to the new system over the past 2 days.

We're seeing questions and comments from sellers, such as the one who told EcommerceBytes his listings for coins were removed due to the migration, which happened overnight. He received the following message: "We've removed your listing(s) because they don't meet eBay's managed payments requirements."

He said the listings eBay removed were all currency / coin based listings. "Wish they would have covered this in the transition checklist or at least allowed legacy listings to be ... Read More

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Tue Aug 4 2020 16:25:55

Did eBay Begin Limiting Daily Payouts to 5 Days a Week?

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A seller said eBay has suspended making Managed Payments payouts on the weekends but failed to notify them of the change. We could not find any notice of a change on the eBay Payments Terms of Use page.

The seller wrote on the eBay discussion boards: "No more Saturday & Sunday payouts. "Daily" payouts are now sent only 5 days a week Monday - Friday. Now I do not get paid for items sold from Friday afternoon through Sunday night until Monday around noon when eBay finally gets around to sending my payout. My bank takes 2 days ... Read More

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Mon Aug 3 2020 16:27:31

eBay Sellers Say Their Listings Are Mysteriously Changing

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Reports are beginning to come in from sellers who say eBay is changing their listings. The changes come in all forms - the most egregious is a report of a change in price. A seller notified us that eBay lowered their price - they found out when one of their items sold at half the price they had set.

Another seller said eBay changed their settings to accept returns automatically. 

And a third seller said when they edited their listings, the changes weren't sticking.

On the eBay boards, a seller reported, "HERE WE GO AGAIN. Item specifics missing and wrong," and ... Read More

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Sat Aug 1 2020 11:22:53

Sellers Report eBay Is Overbilling Them: End of Month Glitch?

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eBay provides sellers with a certain amount of free listings each month. But on Friday, the last day of the month, it began charging sellers listing fees even though according to its own reports, should have been free.

A reader reported the glitch on the Ecommerce EKG board:

"Went to use the last 50 free listings for the month that were supposed to expire at 12:59:59 PDT but they were gone before 1am EDT. When refreshing my eBay page the messages with the offers appear for a second and then disappear with nothing left."

Another reader wrote to ... Read More

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