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Wed Jan 29 2014 11:09:11

eBay Keeps Shipping Caps Despite Rising Postage Costs

By: Reader

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Hi Ina,
I read your column a lot but have not seen this addressed, nor during the last hour of searching online can I find an answer. eBay has been *especially* unhelpful via phone conversations in two languages. (Mine and whatever the guy on the other end of the phone was speaking)

Books, CD's, DVD, etc are limited in how much you can charge shipping, even despite wide differences in weights of some thing like cookbooks, etc.

Postal rates are again rising yet I see NO change coming in these shipping limits, which cuts further into costs absorbed by many sellers.

Is this something that has been addressed and that I have missed, or is this a continuing slow screw over of sellers by eBay?
Hope to hear from you,
Thanks,
Carl
 
Note from the Editor: See eBay's help page on Maximum Shipping Costs.




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by: Mr. Me This user has validated their user name.

Wed Jan 29 11:35:12 2014

USPS Raises rates .... why should eBay care?......
According to eBay, shipping is free!
Jump higher little doggies.....

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ed Gadfly

Wed Jan 29 12:00:20 2014

Shipping is Free and of I have to return your item that better be Free too.

Why isn't eBay on top of this? Don't you pay them enough?

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by: FeelingFroggy This user has validated their user name.

Wed Jan 29 12:44:21 2014

That carrot keeps getting and higher and higher for some jumpers on Fleabay.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Philip Cohen
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Wed Jan 29 14:15:36 2014

OP, you are assuming that eBay cares one iota about its "non-preferred" sellers; clearly, they do not; they now only care about trying to attract and looking after their preferred sellers, any “national brands", that are silly enough to enter into partnership with them, and, of course, the ever dwindling supply of buyers (for eBay to knowingly facilitate the defrauding thereof); if you are reading this blog it is likely that you are superfluous to Johnny Ho’s needs, or so he, in his delusions, hopes—now, simply grist for the mill …

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This user has validated their user name. by: Puck

Wed Jan 29 14:21:53 2014

"USPS Raises rates .... why should eBay care?......
According to eBay, shipping is free!"

I asked the local postmaster how one goes about applying for the free USPS shipping rate eBay is always pushing...

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This user has validated their user name. by: Puck

Wed Jan 29 14:23:38 2014

"That carrot keeps getting and higher and higher for some jumpers on Fleabay."

eBay ate that carrot years ago.
All that's left is the stick.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Al G

Wed Jan 29 19:45:37 2014

I just raised by prices across the board by 8% to account for the increase in shipping etc.

I will not take a loss.

"There is no such thing as a free lunch" - Robert Heinlein

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by: Jo This user has validated their user name.

Wed Jan 29 23:53:20 2014

I use calculated shipping instead of flat rate.  Doesn't matter what it weighs, it's covered.  Also covered when rates increase.  

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by: Gina This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jan 30 00:18:03 2014

...AAANNNNDDD we're surprised?  How else can eBay screw sellers into quitting the site?  Dumbbutts!

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by: Gina This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jan 30 00:22:14 2014

dumbbutts?  (that was the NICEST word I could come up with that I figured wouldn't get my comment removed)

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by: mindelec This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jan 30 01:21:08 2014

when it comes to the shipping of books there is one site that decides what will be charged by all and that site is amazon.  ebay and alibris won't raise their fixed cost until amazon does, and quite frankly amazon is trying to kill the physical book business and replace them with ebooks.

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This user has validated their user name. by: baconsdozen
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Thu Jan 30 08:59:05 2014

I just raise my post prices on ebay and drop hints where ever I can that ordering and of the tools I sell on ebay from my own web site instead will be cheaper.
I also make a point now of trying to contact ebay sellers (not the big brands,I avoid them if possible) and see if they will sell direct to me. It usually results in a decent saving.

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by: FREDDY This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jan 30 11:11:51 2014

Amazon has fixed prices on shipping for books etc.. They want the sellers to sign up for FBA. Amazon makes more money that way. They have a sweetheart deal with UPS, and USPS.
Low priced books are only profitable if you use FBA.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: monkey

Thu Jan 30 12:33:10 2014

I sell a few books, mostly how-to's and collectible books. Some are pretty heavy.

I offer free shipping on almost everything I list. I just add the shipping cost to the price. Bingo!

I never see the shipping amount cap when I list. I never have to worry about that.

And I consistently make sales on books.

In my experience, buyers love free shipping.

I would suggest trying a few listings with free shipping -- let them run their course and see if it works for you.

I find that free shipping is so much simpler for both the seller and the buyer.

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by: charcorvet This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jan 30 14:22:32 2014

if free shipping is not an option you want to adopt, then use calculated shipping. It does NOT have a cap. So I have books that are huge and weight 8-10-even 15 lbs and there is NO cap on the shipping charges thru calculated.

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

Thu Jan 30 15:38:45 2014

The b school ebafia whiz kids haven't yet figured out that raising the caps would generate more money for...THEM!

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by: mindelec This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jan 30 21:07:27 2014

it's been my experience that free shipping doesn't work on books.

the shipping calculator...  well it seems that i'm always seeing complaints about it not working right, plus buyers have been trained by amazon to think that any cost over $4 is too high.

freddy define "low priced" to me any book under $10 is a waste of my time and for FBA it looks like the various fees would destroy any sort of profit.  i'm not even going to get into trusting amazon to not destroy a collectible book.

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by: Mr. Me This user has validated their user name.

Fri Jan 31 19:33:29 2014

By tossing around the phrase "free shipping". eBay belittles the time, effort, and expense that a seller needs to expend to assure that an item arrives safely and timely manner at a customers doorstep....to add insult to injury, eBarf-preypal syndicate skims 12% off of this ammount.

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by: Bidonmine This user has validated their user name.

Mon Feb 3 14:02:33 2014

All my items come with free shipping.  

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by: jeanr This user has validated their user name.

Mon Feb 3 14:05:03 2014

EBay store. I ship in a bubble envelope,pendants costing the last several years, $1.69 USPS, First Class. NOW with the rate its $1.93, a 24 cents increase per pkg. that's a big increase.  

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