|Fri July 17 2015 11:51:55|
eBay Is Turning on Russia and China Shipping in Seller Listings
By: Ina Steiner
Sellers are reporting that eBay is changing their listings to show that they ship to Russia and China without their knowledge or permission.
on the eBay boards says it's a chronic problem that Russia is showing up in their listings. One seller who said they'd been experiencing this problem wrote on July 11 that China had begun showing up in addition to Russia.
"The first time this happened this morning, I assumed it was little more than my imagination but now I can see that it is not. Sellers, be aware that your default 'additional ship-to locations' at the bottom of the long sell form may be automatically selecting Russia as well as China. The Russia selection-by-default is many months old for me. CHINA is brand new."
Another seller said they first noticed the "irritating glitch" with the Russian Federation about 4 months ago.
Shipping internationally is a challenge, but one that's compounded with buyers in non-English-speaking countries especially in areas such as Brazil, Russia, India, and China - so-called "BRIC" countries that eBay has been focusing on. Getting orders from these countries is an unwelcome surprise to those who don't want to ship there, sellers said on the eBay board.
The original poster wrote, "I understand that both China and Russia have long been identified as under-utilized areas of potential growth by eBay, but I'll let someone else assume the risk, thanks. If this is being done on the sly on purpose, it's a dirty trick to say the least. And one that I do not appreciate. If they want us to start running amok with items to Russia and China, run a formal campaign educating sellers about the pros and cons and maybe try supporting and/or subsidizing trackable services et cetera. To do anything else is throwing a few sellers into the fire to pave the way and troubleshoot for others."
We'll point eBay to this post and ask if it's a known glitch or is deliberate - stay tuned.