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by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Wed Apr 28 2021 16:03:54

eBay Standard Envelope Expands to Stamps, Postcards, Money

By: Ina Steiner

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If you sell something cheap on eBay that fits in a regular envelope, you might be okay with adding a stamp and dropping it in the mail. But it leaves sellers vulnerable to Item Not Received claims, and not offering tracking can hurt their ability to qualify for Top Rated Seller. The alternative is to send it with tracking, which is expensive relative to the selling price.

That's why eBay launched a new shipping option for sellers in the trading cards category, and while the reviews have been mixed for eBay Standard Envelope, eBay is expanding the shipping option to more categories.

Introduced this year for trading cards priced at $20 or less and weighing up to 3 oz., eBay Standard Envelope cost less than a dollar. It provides certain protections, though it is not as robust as "real" USPS tracking. We pointed out some of the challenges early adopters were having with the service in this March post.  
 
On Tuesday, eBay announced it's expanding eBay Standard Envelope to other categories - Postcards, Stamps, Coins & Paper Money. "With tracking integrated into the label, and with automatic tracking uploaded to the order will help you meet the qualifications for Top Rated Seller," eBay wrote.

A reader told us that he has used eBay Standard Envelope for trading cards for several hundred orders so far. Luckily, he had very few issues, he said.

""Initial scan tracking" has been uploaded on almost all of them and only had a handful not delivered which I filed claims for and was successful in all of them," he said. "So far, I've been lucky on this shipping option compared to others."

"One difference I noticed is that in the trading cards category, the maximum sales amount was $20. But here, it's $20 for 1 item, $50 total for multiple items."

Sellers reacted to the news on the eBay for Business page on Facebook. One seller asked eBay to add stickers and patches to the program. Another wrote, "I'd love if this was expanded to everything in the ephemera category." Another said it would be useful for him when sending flat gaskets he sells for $2 in eBay Motors categories.

Other sellers used the post to ask eBay about a glitch that made the First Class Mail option disappear. "As it did in February/ it's suddenly disappeared as an option on the app," one seller reported. eBay moderators responded that it was a known issue.

eBay gave sellers a chance to provide feedback about the Standard Envelope shipping option during today's weekly chat (kicking off at 4 pm Eastern).

Clearly there's a need for a service that provides what eBay Standard Envelope promises to do. Let us know if you've had luck with it.

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by: HappyOne This user has validated their user name.

Wed Apr 28 20:20:12 2021

Wow postcards finally. I will try it.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: cfrphoto

Thu Apr 29 00:31:10 2021

No one from eBay responding to posts at the session seemed to be able to answer questions about machinability if envelopes are rigid or square.

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

Thu Apr 29 01:15:16 2021

The time it takes to print an ESE label versus sticking a stamp on the envelope makes the opportunity cost too great for cheap items, which, in my experience, rarely get lost have have INR claims.

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by: Ronn This user has validated their user name.

Thu Apr 29 14:56:43 2021

This sounds swell until you realize this is totally useless if you sell Internationally. Up until last year, I sold a large number of single picture postcards inside and outside the US quite successfully. Did not experience one lost shipment using either First Class or First Class International - all without tracking or insurance.

Perhaps this may be useful for sellers of sport & non-sport trading cards and other items.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Bill

Fri Apr 30 00:43:40 2021

Like CFR says it does not count if the item is rigid so the whole thing is a bunch of crap. I just slap the stamps on and send it that way and I have not had any problem.

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by: Silver Ice King This user has validated their user name.

Fri Apr 30 12:54:26 2021

For those wanting to change and use this, remember the PO cannot scan your PWE as accepted so it will not get scanned until it gets to a sorting center.  This can cause you to not meet your scheduled shipping day per Ebay which will result in a late shipping date and can put you below average and into the 5% FVF penalty.  If you are put in this penalty program also remember that if a buyer returns the item to you Ebay still KEEPS the 5% FVF Penalty because it is considered a penalty for allowing you to continue selling on GreedBay.  

So make sure you change your scheduled shipping time on Ebay to allow for this issue or Ebay will have succeeded with their goal of this program which is to increase revenue anyway possible.



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