Is the postage increase going to hurt ebay?

@Sherry12 (2475)
United States
May 4, 2007 8:11pm CST
I keep seeing people say they are making money on Ebay. I've been thinking about selling on there, but am wondering what the postage increase is going to do. Does anybody have any ideas on this?
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@patgalca (14480)
• Orangeville, Ontario
5 May 07
I was just going to post a question along these lines. My daughters asked my niece to order a couple of books through Scholastic as she is a school teacher. I was unaware that my niece is not reliable when it comes to things like this. So I decided to check for the books on ebay. I couldn't believe it when I found one that is for sale at $2.49 US but costs $19.99 to ship to Canada. Why in the world would I want to pay 20 bucks for a 2 dollar book? And I wanted another book too but it is being sold by a different seller so they would be shipped separately with separate shipping charges. This seems totally ridiculous to me. Add to that, I was logged into ebay.ca that is ca for Canada but I am getting a bunch of products being sold out of the US at US prices. So what is the point of having an ebay.ca? I was just going to attempt to sell concert tickets on ebay and now I'm wondering if that is such a good idea after all.
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@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
5 May 07
I understand what you mean and your frustration. I have been selling some of my used books on ebay (US) and in my auctions I specify that I do NOT ship outside of the US and I instruct ebay NOT to show my auctions outside of the US. But, I still get an occasional inquiry about shipping costs. I have used the ebay shipping calculator and the costs for shipping books (low value but heavy) is very high. In the US we have Media Mail which lets us ship books for a low cost; but there is NO equivalent for international shipments and when we add a little to cover our expenses (tape, labels, packing materials, etc) the cost is ridiculous. The only time I will ship international, is for items with high value and/or low weight.
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@resa77 (52)
• United States
6 May 07
I really doubt that it is going to hurt eBay at all. A majority of the auctions I look at are already gouging people for shipping, so the extra 50 cents to ship a package isn't going to affect this. So many items have $8-$10 for a shipping price when priority shipping costs $4 that I really doubt that eBay is going to see any lack of business - people are already paying insane amounts to have stuff shipped and the postage increase isn't going to change that in my opinion.
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@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
5 May 07
I don't think it is going to hurt ebay very much. Whether a person buys from ebay, another on-line store, or a catalog - postal rates are going up in the US. As long as the total price (price + shipping and handling) is less than a person would pay locally OR the item is something that is not available locally ebay will still be a viable option.
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@mamacathie (3929)
• United States
5 May 07
I, too, was thinking of selling on ebay. I hear a lot of positive on that but with postage going up I will be interested in the same questions, Sherry. I will be following this discussion very close to see what the opinion of others are.
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