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by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Fri May 27 2016 15:34:21

eBay's Branded Tape Stinks - Literally

By: Ina Steiner

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We're receiving feedback about eBay's new branded shipping supplies, and here is something you should know if you're tempted to order eBay packing tape: it stinks - literally.

"New eBay branded tape is very stinky," a reader told us. "I threw away a case of Chinese made tape bought off eBay because it stunk so bad, I suspect it had formaldehyde based adhesive. Now I get my eBay branded tape and it smells exactly the same."

eBay is giving Store owners coupons good toward the shipping supplies to take some of the sting out of higher monthly subscription fees, but sellers pointed out another problem: you have to use the entire coupon in a single order.

For instance, a reader told us they bought $15 worth of eBay branded boxes with their $25 coupon - and eBay kept the difference!

Many sellers had questions about how to find and use the coupons - eBay posted an announcement last week explaining the process on the eBay Announcement Board. Note that the coupons are only good on purchases made from the eBay branded shipping supplies store.

Reading feedback left for eBay's shipping-supplies store is informative - it's got a 99.8% positive feedback rating, with comments such as, "Thank You, Love the Envelopes & packing tape."

Incredibly, eBay has perfect Detailed Seller Ratings even though it received complaints such as: "Tape in ad shows white background & actual tape is CLEAR with the EBAY LOGO"; "Slightly thicker than a single sheet of paper. Going back to ULINE.COM"; and "Shipping was fast, price good. Bad odor and "splits" frequently when it's cut."

And eBay being eBay, there are also lots of sellers selling eBay-branded supplies.

Readers had plenty to say when eBay announced the new store last month, as you can see in this EcommerceBytes Blog post. Now let us know about your experience purchasing and using the eBay-branded supplies from its shipping supply store.




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

Fri May 27 15:40:36 2016

Ebay branded shipping supplies: an open invitation to porch shoppers and other thieves.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Fri May 27 16:06:07 2016

Anyone surprised?

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by: LucasBuck This user has validated their user name.

Fri May 27 16:08:25 2016

But aren't Amazon boxes also an open invitation to porch shoppers? Or any boxes left on a porch really? Can't really put the blame on eBay.

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by: maxmad This user has validated their user name.

Fri May 27 16:13:23 2016

No, not surprised at all,

Most likely made from some sort of Chinese Toxic Waste Bi-Product, that the Chinese would never dispose of in their own country, so they make sticky ebay tape from it, to get it out of their country, and since the Chinese Never buy outside their country, it will never get back in.    

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by: gutspiller This user has validated their user name.

Fri May 27 16:19:26 2016

Just took a look at their store: no active listings LOL

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by: FeelingFroggy This user has validated their user name.

Fri May 27 17:45:38 2016

We ordered 75.00 plus a little over of the tape. Found no nasty smell.

Listed it on Fleecebay as BIN free shipping and got 92.00 for it. I use my own tape from Uline and don't need some useless advertising on my products.

Also just goes to show ya, buyers will buy anything.

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by: BargainzBabylon This user has validated their user name.

Fri May 27 18:38:25 2016

FWIW the old USPS priority tape was smelly, too.

This is either uncured material (probably polyvinyl) or dirty extruding machines. Rather than throw anything away I'd just sit it outside for a few days to see what happens. If it still stinks, that's a serious quality problem that needs to be addressed.

eBay was clear in the instructions that the coupon was a one-time deal - use it or lose it. I never take anything for granted with eBay - you have to read their instructions and fine print every time - they operate like no other company I've worked with so you can't take anything for granted.

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

Fri May 27 19:11:50 2016

The multi colored ebay logo is much easier to spot from a distance than the Amazon boxes.

I think at least some if not more thieves equate ebay with electronics and Amazon with books making the former appear more desirable.

In any case why would any business person PAY for boxes, labels, etc. when mostly comparable boxes are free with USPS Priority Mail?

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by: LucasBuck This user has validated their user name.

Fri May 27 19:25:04 2016

Many people don't use Priority Mail so we can't take advantage of the free boxes.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Shop and Ship

Fri May 27 20:56:18 2016

Poor ebay ... it's stuck its sellers with stinky tape

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by: BargainzBabylon This user has validated their user name.

Fri May 27 21:52:45 2016

The boxes come in extremely handy for those of us who ship first class international or need odd sizes to ship any time. I made stickers urging people to BUY on eBay rather than sell that I slap over the 'sell' statement. Bright green ones.  

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by: mcposty This user has validated their user name.

Fri May 27 23:29:46 2016

Why would anyone brand their stuff with eba

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by: amazedndazed This user has validated their user name.

Sat May 28 06:37:22 2016

Exactly! That happened to me about a month ago when I purchased my usual packing tape from my regular seller here on eBay. The package wreaked & when I opened it I thought I would die. PU I immediately wrote seller & they reimbursed me & said to throw it away. They said they had gone to a less expensive source for their tape. They have lost me as a buyer & now I am having to purchase from a nearby store chain.

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by: Santini This user has validated their user name.

Sat May 28 14:23:57 2016

I can just see gettingby sniffing the boxes of his purchases for any untoward odors (after the white glove test) and leaving negative fb, lol!

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This user has validated their user name. by: Shop and Ship

Sun May 29 10:47:34 2016

I suspect that gettingby's chief complaint is that we should all use new packing and shipping materials so that gettingby won't have to buy any. That recycled stuff - especially the Magic Mushroom Popcorn - can't be recycled because it's immediately consumed when received.  

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by: Ebay Seller-Ebay Buyer This user has validated their user name.

Sun May 29 11:31:39 2016

Glad I don't have an ebay store with rising fees and glad I didn't waste any money on the packing tape, as there is nothing more annoying than packing orders with tape that splits.  Many negs and neutrals stating tape splits.

Ebay has become a poor company and it's $25 stock price has been flat for years despite the stock market explosion the past 7 years.  Amazon has risen from $40 to $714 the past 7 years because Ebay drives away more members than they attract.

There is no way any seller on ebay has 21 negatives and 40 neutrals in the last month and maintains straight 5.0 dsr's except when they are an Ebay sponsored company.  Very dishonest company

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Sun May 29 12:58:18 2016

@buyer-seller

"Amazon has risen from $40 to $714 the past 7 years"

That is FALSE, do a little DD before you post NON TRUTHS.

Let's try $83 to $712, accuracy isn't your Forte. . .

"it's $25 stock price has been flat for years"

Ebay went from $7.21 to $24.36 in the same 7 year period.

Again you fail to post an ACCURATE number!

Amazon stock has done much better then eBay has but it's not as bad as the picture YOU paint. . .

Hope That Helps

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by: comments This user has validated their user name.

Sun May 29 14:00:39 2016

I find the ebay shipping supply store quite frustrating. I have my $50 coupon and can't use it. I use padded bubble mailers made of kraft paper. The poly ones have zero rigidity. I could use some 4x7 or other smaller size but of course they don't have them. The boxes for me would be a waste and I need clear tape not ebay logo tape.

I probably won't use my coupon but was glad to see them raise my free listing allotment.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Sun May 29 14:29:56 2016

@comments

I have been very happy with these bubble mailers.

290880738923

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This user has validated their user name. by: The End

Sun May 29 18:11:02 2016

Yes, REAL WORLD EMPLOYMENT.
Pays your bills and it doesn't stink  :o)

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