WTF? I'm back selling non t-shirt items on the bay - and just noticed in my fees - Final Value Shipping Fee on top of the Final Value Fee for the same item.
What's the scoop on this? I'm obviously out of the loop.
The weird thing is that I sold another jacket - charged the same for shipping and there was no fee applied to that transaction.
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I love how eBay decides they are going to dip into another revenue source. Wasn't the detailed seller ratings a way to level the shipping?
I ended up hanging up on the rep. Just robots who have a script and don't understand the logistics behind it.
Also you allegedly get a best match boost for offering free shipping. I haven't done an A/B comparison to see if that's actually true but I'll take them at their word since best match is nebulous at best anyway so who knows how it all works. But in my mind, in the US with first class shipping being somewhat reasonable you can adjust the prices accordingly and bake it in, avoid paying fees on shipping and ensure that you'll get 5 stars for shipping cost automatically which in turn helps ensure that you'll keep the 20% top rated discount if you qualify for it.
The free shipping thing is obviously a scam and they're trying to be like Amazon and make things easier for buyers while raking sellers over the coals. But it doesn't bother me that much, I figure there's a decent amount of people that buy based on the premise that they're getting the price all in and don't have to worry about factoring in shipping price too. I'm sure most of them realize that the shipping costs are included in the item price but an item priced at $24.99 with free shipping seems more intriguing than something at $19.99 + $5 shipping, in my opinion. It's all the same really but I think if you play the game the way eBay wants you to play it it'll work out okay in the end. It's not fair, but we're just l'il ol' cogs in the big eBay wheel.
Definitely makes sense if you are based in the US and do most of your biz there...and when you deal in mostly tees and know a standard shipping price -
easy to just tack it on and offer free.
Even if the logic is preventing sellers from making $ on shipping - they can't just create a blanket % that applies to a zillion different shipping scenarios.
They've got their hand in every possible cookie jar they can. They already made a commission on the shipping money through PayPal.
Useless rant. They are a-holes.
@oscar. TRUTH! I've only been selling non-vintage/t-shirt stuff on feEbay. This package was a 14 pc lot of modern day tees.
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