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by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Tue Feb 21 2017 21:14:21

eBay Creates Petition to Keep Postage Prices Low

By: Ina Steiner

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eBay is urging users to sign its petition requesting the Postal Regulatory Commission not to raise shipping costs. eBay sent an email this week to members of its Main Street grassroots lobbying program with the title, "eBay Says Keep USPS Prices Low."

Why is the Postal Regulatory Commission reviewing postage rates? It's the law, as the USPS explained in a post this week.

In the petition, eBay tells the PRC that the USPS is a "key package delivery service" for eBay's top sellers, and says higher postage results in abandoned online shopping carts.

"Affordable shipping options enable small ecommerce businesses to compete for customers and grow their package volume. Conversely, higher package prices mean reduced competitiveness for small ecommerce retailers that rely on the USPS. This lost competitiveness jeopardizes not only the ability of small e-retailers to grow, but also reduces the overall ecommerce package volume that is critical to the USPS."

Here's the letter eBay sent to users:

Send a letter. Sign our Petition! Tell the Postal Regulatory Commission NO to increased shipping costs.

Dear Main Street Member,
eBay sellers know that their customers want low-cost shipping. That's how our sellers compete. They offer the best inventory and best shipping options at the best prices. Unfortunately, some in the package industry want to drive up postal prices to eliminate competition. This could be disastrous for small businesses that use eBay.

The Postal Regulatory Commission - the entity empowered to oversee US Postal Service rate changes - is currently reviewing rules that determine how the USPS manages its costs. Some proposals under review would offset USPS costs by increasing prices for the shipping services that eBay buyers and sellers regularly use.

Sign our petition if you agree that package shipping should be kept affordable.

Participation is easy. Together, we can make a difference.

Sign the Petition Now!

Sincerely,
The eBay Government Relations Team

You can read the full petition on eBayMainStreet.com.




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by: cash4clothesbozeman This user has validated their user name.

Wed Feb 22 00:18:11 2017

Wow,  Why don't you charge me another 9% FVF on the shipping, then ask me to sign a petition so the folks that actually earn the money to deliver the product don't charge me more is vulgar  

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by: handmedownheaven This user has validated their user name.
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Wed Feb 22 00:20:05 2017

LOL sign this petition so they will not cover their increased costs while we nickel dime you to death to make our bonus

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This user has validated their user name. by: LasVagueness

Wed Feb 22 00:34:38 2017

The pissed populace has been petitioned and marched to death in the last 30 days. Protests have lost their potency. Bad timing.

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by: phantom This user has validated their user name.

Wed Feb 22 00:45:33 2017

USPS did not raise there First Class International Rates, but ebay did.
Artificial Intelligence at work again. What ebay lacks in ignorance they make up for in stupidly

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

Wed Feb 22 02:41:09 2017

Nothing is going to fix the Post Office's income, and for several reasons.
1) It keeps separate books for different classes of mail, and takes all the bills out of First Class income, and therefore you will always have a loss.

2)It also delivers Asian mail at a huge loss.

3) It give Amazon a huge discount that  the rest of the market is supposed to make up with higher shipping rates.
4)It spends a huge amount on advertising (millions). Why? Everyone that lives in this country knows who they are and where they are and what they do.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Wed Feb 22 03:13:27 2017

@phantom

Ebay didn't "raise" the FCP International rates.  They just weren't able to negotiate as good of a rate as last year.  In 2016 Ebay negotiated a 15% reduction on FCP International.  It appears this year we are getting a little over a 13% discount.

You are correct, the USPS rates did not increase, it was the negotiated discount that changed.

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by: guitar1 This user has validated their user name.

Wed Feb 22 03:47:38 2017

Rather than keeping postal rates low and letting the post office lose money. Why not get the PRC to adjust the fees to China post so they pay the same amount we do at minimum. Currently I have ordered and had Chinese sellers ship tracked packages with product to the US for $.99 including product, shipping and handling and arrives in 5-7 days. The PRC cut a deal with China for low rates that encourage Chinese sellers to sell on sites like Ebay at what appears to be bargin basement rates.  

I just wish the PRC would let the Post Office Make money and get better service in place. Quit worrying about low rates for the Chinese

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Wed Feb 22 03:50:17 2017

@guitar1

Yes, absolutely.  And I said that when I signed the petition.  There is a comment field at the end where I put my 2 cents worth in.

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by: FeelingFroggy This user has validated their user name.

Wed Feb 22 05:01:14 2017

No Way

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by: Steve M This user has validated their user name.

Wed Feb 22 06:05:26 2017

Many of the commenters here are on point.
The USPS must end the China ePacket deal and other cheap postage deals they have with Asian countries.

My comment at the end when I signed the petition:
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The USPS has to end the China ePacket Deal and other deals done with Asian Countries in the past 5-6 years.  We the US Tax Payers that utilize the USPS services on a daily basis are the ones paying for the USPS mistakes on those deals they have with Asian countries.  By mistakes, we mean, we the US taxpayers are subsidizing all the monetary-losses that the USPS is having from the BAD deals they have with the Asian countries (China, Hong Kong...etc).  We hope that a good change comes in favor of the US Taxpayers that actually support the US economy, thank you.
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At the end of the day, all the financial losses that the USPS is having because of the cheap inbound international packages (from China and so on) is just thrown to the US Taxpayers/Customers.  So, we the taxpayers are subsidizing their BAD cheap postage deals with the Chinese and other countries alike.

Personal Event I saw first handed today at the post office:

*** A postal customer wanted to return a package to the seller (eBay seller you guessed it!).  The package weighted anywhere from 2-3 pounds.  The return address was to China.  The USPS teller advised the customer to be sure of the return address as it was going back to China.  Then, the customer asked what the return-postage was, by the look on the customer's face it was a completely disastrous deal.  ***

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by: Windkissed This user has validated their user name.
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Wed Feb 22 08:29:59 2017

I have not gotten any message about signing anything to keep postage down?  I ship alot of things 1st class and it has gone up.

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by: maxmad This user has validated their user name.

Wed Feb 22 08:55:14 2017

Both ebay and and the Government are the ones to target a petition to NOT USPS ebay must have a lot of nerve doing this since they are part of the problem

Greedy Ebay, and the Government should be the target for allowing China to ship basically for free,

As we all know free china shipping isn't really free, USPS Pays dearly for it, and I can understand why they need to raise rates.

Direct your anger to ebay and the Government, that's where the issue is Not USPS,    

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by: uppercutknives This user has validated their user name.

Wed Feb 22 09:28:42 2017

NO, I WILL NOT SIGN THIS PETITION. Until ebay removes the "Final Value Fee" on shipping. They know how much we charge and could monitor and fix it so we are not billed on shipping. Why would I help ebay when they do little to help me?

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by: cillianred This user has validated their user name.

Wed Feb 22 10:44:24 2017

Many of you are kind of blowing my mind with your attitude of, ''Screw eBay, if it helps them, I'm not doing it!!!''.

What incredibly short-sighted and just plain juvenile thinking. ''I'm not going to sign something that would help ME because it might also help an entity I don't like.''.

Really???  Wow.

I don't care how much you hate eBay. What is good for you and your business is always something you should support regardless of whether that something may also be good for something/someone you dislike/hate.

Supporting something that would help you in your business is simply good business sense.  

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by: Sunflower This user has validated their user name.

Wed Feb 22 11:19:44 2017

I tried to sign the petition but eBay sent me a dead link. I would sign because I believe it would help the seller. This is not in regards to eBay, but to the post office raising their prices once again while still offering lousy service. 3 packages lost in one month, can they get any worst?

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by: moto-science This user has validated their user name.

Wed Feb 22 11:58:50 2017

Yes....I feel the same way.

NO, I WILL NOT SIGN THIS PETITION. Until ebay removes the "Final Value Fee" on shipping. They know how much we charge and could monitor and fix it so we are not billed on shipping. Why would I help ebay when they do little to help me?

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by: mcposty This user has validated their user name.

Wed Feb 22 12:05:57 2017

why does ebay care, the higher the postal rates the more they make on fvf.

Ebay are a bunch of hypocrits

The post are a bunch of hypocrits as well

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Wed Feb 22 13:00:38 2017

@windkissed

That is what this article is about.  There is a link to the petition above in the article.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Wed Feb 22 13:00:50 2017

This isn't just another reason to slam Ebay.  To do so is completely counterproductive and will only serve to cause self injury.  We need to rise above the anger towards Ebay and see what the real issues are.  This is an opportunity to let our voices be heard.  So get past your distaste for Ebay, this petition is NOT about Ebay.  

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

Wed Feb 22 13:04:00 2017

@ Marie

Since ebafia apparently can't negotiate as well as Amafia and sellers are paying more for International First Class, then ebafia DID raise seller rates.

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