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by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Thu Dec 19 2019 16:40:01

eBay to Sellers: Consider Raising Shipping Charges

By: Ina Steiner

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eBay informed sellers of 2020 shipping rate hikes by the major carriers and offered some information and advice. UPS has the dubious distinction of going first: its 2020 rates go into effect the day after Christmas, December 26, 2019.

FedEx and USPS will raise their rates in January, and eBay said it would automatically update listings with the new rates when they take effect. Specifically, eBay said its shipping calculator and its eBay Labels feature would be updated.

eBay said sellers who use flat-rate shipping should review their listings to see if their rates cover the price increases. "You may have to raise your flat rate charges to maintain the same profit margins," eBay advised.

eBay also said sellers who offer free shipping should review their listings "to see if they can absorb the extra costs, or if you should adjust your listings." In other words, consider raising the cost of your products if you offer free shipping.

eBay also advised sellers to check their listings to make sure they include accurate package weights and measurements.

Left out of the announcement: higher shipping rates generally translate into higher fees for eBay, since it charges sellers a commission fee on shipping charges.



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by: eBay Shill Buster This user has validated their user name.

Thu Dec 19 17:19:42 2019

eBay rips off sellers daily on 10% of their shipping fees, so naturally they want sellers to pay more for postage, a few years ago they had a push for every seller to use Priority Mail which is 3 times the cost of a First Class Package for small packages under 16 oz..

Why did they say it was better and faster when it is not? We all know the answer to that, they are irresponsible and inept criminals who simply under Wenig wanted to steal as much in fees as they could. Sellers rejected that then they threw them another problem, on combined orders there was no request total any longer because that cost eBay more in fees when the invoice to the buyer is lower.

These are just 2 examples of eBay shooting themselves in the foot, and they always tell sellers to lower their selling prices and cross promote lower priced items on the pages sellers pay them for to list their items.

What's next, store within a store? eBay now features stores within your store eBay sellers, we will show other competitive stores within your store to give the customer a better buying experience.

They must think sellers just fell off the turnip truck.

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by: thievesBay This user has validated their user name.

Thu Dec 19 17:30:23 2019

Wow I wonder why eBay would tell everyone to raise their shipping rates? Because it's another way for them to get more money on fees from shipping charges! I'm convinced eBay and other companies are in cahoots with the shipping carriers for the ever-increasing rates. It's ridiculous. eBay and USPS especially are destroying individual sellers and small business on a daily basis. Increased shipping charges is only part of it. For many there's no margin for profit any longer. The platforms and payment processors take all of it.

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by: eBaySince2006 This user has validated their user name.

Thu Dec 19 17:35:25 2019

I sell higher priced items (Average $300). Because of PayPal not refunding fees on returns/cancellations, states charging sales tax and PayPal charging fees on top of those sales tax. And then on top of that shipping rate increases, for the first time since 2009 I've had to charge all my customers a $5 flat rate shipping fee :( I hate to do it but I can no longer offer free shipping. It seems like they're coming for us smaller online sellers any way they can all at once

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Thu Dec 19 17:58:17 2019

eBay gets a double raise on this one!

They get a raise when they sell higher priced labels and also get a raise when the seller raises shipping costs to customers.

It's a WIN WIN for eBay!

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

Thu Dec 19 18:23:21 2019

Dear Ebay, "You're only my selling venue, KEEP YOUR NOSE OUTTA MY BUSINESS ! ! ! ! "

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by: thievesBay This user has validated their user name.

Thu Dec 19 20:21:58 2019

@eBay Shill Buster Yep Priority Mail is essentially the same class of mail as First Class. There really are no guarantees anymore as to Priority. USPS will deliver when they damn well feel like it. The jump in cost from First Class to Priority is huge though. If a package weighs 16 ounces instead of 15 ounces you're gonna pay 100% more for that ounce! What a ridiculous scam this is. Of course eBay would recommend Priority even on packages under 1 lb. They'll gladly take the extra 100% in fees. eBay and USPS in tandem are rip-off artists.

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by: eBay Shill Buster This user has validated their user name.

Thu Dec 19 20:27:27 2019

What is so funny is the fraud within the USPS, they are making billions on these small packages, always keep raising prices, yet claim they are losing billions of dollars to justify further price increases.

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This user has validated their user name. by: iheartjacksparrow

Thu Dec 19 21:15:58 2019

"You may have to raise your flat rate charges to maintain the same profit margins," eBay advised.

So eBay is basically telling sellers to rip off the buyers. Is eBay attempting to hasten its demise? Or, maybe the plan is to have the sellers get lots of negative feedback for overcharging on postage so eBay can ding them with higher fees.

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by: eBay Shill Buster This user has validated their user name.

Thu Dec 19 21:21:08 2019

iheartjacksparrow, This is becoming a comedy series just like the folly of the Cleveland Browns, it is never ending drama with eBay because they are in the deception business, not the marketplace business, their product is smoke, mirrors and pathological lies.

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by: ebayout This user has validated their user name.

Fri Dec 20 00:06:59 2019

Is it too simple for ebay to lower their shipping fee to 9% to help out all their "partners"?

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by: Whatever This user has validated their user name.

Fri Dec 20 09:03:28 2019

start a website of your own - everything I list on ebay is mirrored on the website at least $5 cheaper than it is on ebay. It's working - buyers are educating themselves. They no longer shop simply by going to ebay first.  Their googling stuff now - it's called comparison shopping - duh

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by: eBaySince2006 This user has validated their user name.

Fri Dec 20 09:06:58 2019

@Whatever, What software do you use to build your site. And how do you keep up with inventory and pricing using multiple venues?

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Fri Dec 20 11:44:26 2019

@ebayout

I'm only paying 9% right now!

How about they lower it to 5%

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This user has validated their user name. by: NoMoreEbay

Fri Dec 20 13:11:27 2019

ebay could easily lower a fee by a small percentage to offset these outrageous annual price increases. Or they could at least negotiate a better rate. But why do that when they can get even more money from shipping fees every single year. It's so much easier to draft a lazy email for sellers to adjust and raise their prices.

Best economy on record. Rising stock prices, huge corporate tax breaks, lower fuel costs and what do we get. More price increases. USPS, FedEx, UPS, the State taxing authorities and ebay are nothing but a bunch of corrupt greedy pigs. This is going to backfire on all of them and soon there will be no one left for them to screw.

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by: Geetar This user has validated their user name.

Fri Dec 20 16:40:33 2019

@NoMoreEbay

NO. How about just go with the rate increases (more in fee's), and keep the postage fee's at the commercial prices (even though they get lower prices). You know damn well they get better rates than the current ones. They just dont give us the discount. It goes in their pockets. If they dont get better rates then they are just stupid.

Thats one reason why I wont buy labels on ebay. F em'.

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by: maxmad This user has validated their user name.

Sat Dec 21 08:47:14 2019

@Whatever

You're 100% correct, IMO only an idiot would buy something on ebay or anywhere without doing a Google search, it's just the way people shop now.

We did exactly the same, Our website was the best way to rid ourselves of this nasty venue, and one of the best decisions we ever made,

We added tons of Website advertising, contact info, and coupons in every package, for years before we finally left ebay, it worked perfect,

ebay fees are great for our business, the higher the better, Our competitors on ebay cannot compete with us, we now laugh at their slow sales on ebay, and about half of them are long gone.

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Sat Dec 21 10:53:05 2019

Is anyone else using the USPS .70 cent stamp for items that are "not machinable"? (1 oz.)

On my "aircraft-tools" eBay ID I ship some items that are light weight without tracking.

So far eBay has not dinged me for late shipping, arrivals or lack of tracking.

I've shipped 8 items this way over the past 30 days. . . . .Proving most people are honest about getting their item. . . .

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by: thebobman This user has validated their user name.

Mon Dec 23 00:13:08 2019

>eBay rips off sellers daily on 10% of their shipping fees

I have a store. Depending on the category, my fvf fees are as low as 4%. As long as i get at least $400/month in sales, the lower fvf more than offset the $21/mo i pay for the store

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by: iSpendTooMuchTimeReadingTheseComments This user has validated their user name.

Mon Dec 23 01:05:54 2019

@eBay Shill Buster
LOL. i'm a clevelander too :) ...... you wrote:

''iheartjacksparrow, This is becoming a comedy series just like the folly of the Cleveland Browns, it is never ending drama with eBay because they are in the deception business, not the marketplace business, their product is smoke, mirrors and pathological lies.''.

ps @iheartjacksparrow - i like/agree with many things you have said over the years (not all - of course, but many - ''right on bro!'' :) ! ), but if you have stopped selling on ebay (i believe quite a while ago), why do you even worry about these ''keystone cops'' - just curious, because any other marketplace that hasn't worked for me - i just move on and be done with (for example, i don't care for all the crazy people on craigslist, so i just don't use it). honestly, just very curious, b/c i always read ina and david's posts on the reg. and you have plenty of insightful things to say about ebay, but also it sounds like you no longer sell there, so why even bother? just curious
btw - i have totally expanded my channels these days too (ebay - decent sales , ecrater - not many sales, bonanza - not many sales, amazon - first year that they beat ebay as i'm a 3rd party seller - but their fees are way high), discogs - great site - love them, but not much action this holiday season - more of a collector's site - hopefully i'll rock-it in january

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by: iSpendTooMuchTimeReadingTheseComments This user has validated their user name.

Mon Dec 23 02:01:54 2019

ps ... to all people posting in general ..... can you imagine the good that it could do all of us, if we posted helpful things to help each other make $$ - no matter where/what platform/venue - instead of just venting (for the most part).
a sincere Happy Holidays to all :)  

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