Friday, September 12, 2008

eBay Shipping Cap Goes Into Effect Oct. 5th.

eBay posted a check-list for sellers to get them ready for the 4th Quarter including dates when various changes would go into effect. Here is the complete list

By October 5th:
Revise your shipping costs so they're below the maximum shipping costs, or use the shipping calculator to determine shipping costs based on your buyer's location.

So those categories affected by the new shipping cap, be sure to note the date and make the necessary changes.

Update: Max shipping only affects the Media category at this time, so if you sell in other categories you won't need to worry about this at this time. Here is the link to the Max shipping charges for Media.



Just my 15%

11 comments:

Mitzi - The Vintage List said...

I'm confused, what if the calculator gives a price that is over the shipping cap price?

Randy Smythe said...

Mitzi,

Max shipping only affects Media at this point, so that shouldn't happen. I will update the post.

Mitzi - The Vintage List said...

Hrm, what about lots that have multiple items? I list books in lots sometimes, so they are heavy and shipping will be well over $4. Do I need to move them to the wholesale lots category instead of the regular ones?

Randy Smythe said...

The link does say that you can use the shipping calculator for actual shipping cost.

Henrietta said...

I may be wrong on this, does not affect me, I am gone, but I believe you must offer one shipping rate at cap and can then offer alternatives as expedited.

Randy Smythe said...

Henrietta,

Yes, you are correct. Your standard S&H rate will be capped but you can offer additional services at whatever price you want.

Anonymous said...

I wish they were more specific.

Does this mean that any ebay listings that began before the date of October 5th are exempt from the new policy?

Large sellers are going to need to be very sure what ebay requires with this....

Randy Smythe said...

Yep, that is correct. Remember the cap only applies to media sellers, and they can charge whatever they want for S&H up to Oct. 5th.

Two caveats to consider. If you list a 3-day Bin on the 16th of Sept and have to change the S&H on Oct. 5th, you will lose the recent sales history for that listing. So in affect in order to build your Sales History on a listing you will need to list with the S&H you plan to use come the 5th of Oct.

I bet that is as clear as mud, huh?

Cliff Aliperti said...

I read it as the shipping calculator being okay as an alternative. A lot of my magazines are not eligible for Media Mail and over 13 oz. so not first class eligible either. I wouldn't mind eating the 80 cents or adjusting my price to absorb it if it were just a matter of such items costing $4.80 Priority Mail, but a 1 lb. 1 oz. magazine shipping from NY to CA is going to run just over $8 Priority. That's the best I can do, because that's the best the USPS can do, so hopefully it works. It'd be a shame to pull all such listings from eBay as it would account for several popular titles such as Life and the Saturday Evening Post, but I'm not jacking my base price $8, totally screwing over other customers and likely turning all away, so it's the calculator or other venues for those items. Maybe other relevant categories at least. But the way I read it I'm okay.

BillStuff said...

Hello Randy. Your blog states that by October 5th sellers should "revise your shipping costs so they're below the maximum shipping costs" and then you add "note the date and make the necessary changes." However, in the comments section you agree with someone who states that listings launched prior to October 5 are exempt from the shipping caps. Did I misunderstand? Do I need to revise the shipping costs on my 10,000 ebay store media items that exceed the cap, or are they grandfathered in? And do you have a link to an eBay announcement that clarifies this issue? Thanks.

Randy Smythe said...

Bill,

I would think that you would be fine with your store items but let me get clarification from eBay.