In addition to stepping up enforcement against egregious violations, we have made some clarifications to our Excessive Shipping & Handling policy. The changes outline the types of charges sellers may pass on to the buyer in the form of shipping and handling. They also provide guidelines that sellers can use to make sure their listings are in compliance with the policy. Simply stated, sellers can feel confident they are in compliance by charging actual shipping fees plus actual costs for packaging materials.
As Bill mentioned, our Community has told us – and our research confirms -- excessive shipping prices drive buyers from our site. This hurts the entire marketplace. These unfair charges also un-level the playing field, allowing some sellers to hide their costs in the shipping charges to manipulate their priority in search. In the coming months, we will be proactively looking for listings that are in violation of our policy, and we'll be following up on member reports. Please know that it will take some time to clean up the marketplace, but your help and cooperation, we can regain buyer trust and re-level the playing field for the vast majority of honest sellers.
Thank you to those of you who have been reporting examples of excessive shipping that you see on our site. It is only through working together that we will make an impact on this issue.
I wonder how well this is going to go over. I can see the report this item button being hit...ALOT.
I'll admit those sellers that send a .6 ounce item for 50.00 s/handling aggravates me. Fee Circumvension. But, even if those are reported, if they're Powersellers will eBay really care?
And for those of us who add a couple of bucks on for s/handling costs will we be seen as excessive to Joe Blow and be reported?
Well, Joe Blow can kiss my lily white patoot, cause I'm gonna charge a few bucks over shipping cost to cover my fee's!
My thoughts..how bout yours?