EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2405 - November 03, 2010     2 of 4

Bonanza Charges Fees for Optional Shipping Calculator

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Bonanza told users last month it was testing a new shipping calculator from AuctionInc after frustration with its own calculator, finding that shipping carriers did not always return accurate quotes. On Tuesday, Bonanza explained that AuctionInc would charge sellers a fee for using the calculator, which is optional.

Sellers can continue to use Bonanza's current shipping calculator. Those who want to use the new calculator must pay a fee of 20 cents per item listed - the charge will be included in sellers' monthly bills. Sellers will be allowed to incorporate the shipping calculator cost into the shipping estimate itself, adding 20 cents to the buyer's estimate so the seller doesn't pay the cost.

Bonanza is waiting for AucitonInc final approval before putting the new calculator into production.

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