I read almost all of your newsletters and I am grateful for the information that you provide. I was beginning to think, after reading some of the feedback and commentary that you receive, that most of these people were a bunch of whiners and complainers but I have changed my mind on that.
I am just a "casual seller". I use eBay to make a few extra dollars every month. I have been a buyer since '07 and a seller since late '14. I have tried to build up my stats but I have noticed lately that my transaction numbers don't seem to be growing at all.
I made at least 5 purchases last week and have made about 10 or 11 sales in that time and seen my transaction numbers go up only 2 digits. Is there some reason eBay would short me on my transaction numbers?
And, as I was getting a package ready to mail this evening I noticed that the postage rate seemed awfully high 1lb 2oz for a package of that size 6x6x6. I moved the item to another box, cut one ounce of weight off of it, but couldn't get it under a pound.
The eBay shipping chart showed a price of $8.26 if I shipped "parcel select" and $7.91 if I shipped "priority 1-3 days. What's wrong with this picture?
So just out of curiosity, I checked the "parcel select" price at USPS website and my own personal account and it was $7.97, still cheaper than eBay's rate and I don't get any eBay "discount" on my own account. Is this what it has come to, eBay screwing us on the postage to put more money in their pockets?
Never mind that I face the same issues as the people who make a living doing this i.e. not being able to find my listings, getting notices that the item has been removed, etc.
And with eBay's commission rates, it makes me think that selling on eBay is like selling at a Barrett-Jackson classic car auction except that they are professional in their operation, their rates are cheaper, they have ample, well trained, knowledgeable helpers of all sorts and they stand in concert with their sellers.
Just a thought, thanks,