About USPS and eBay with updates.
As a man of the internet, I tend to sell things on eBay. Nothing major like cars or anything crazy like that. But sometimes you buy something stupid and you sit back and go “I don’t want this in my house!” and so you put it on the worlds largest market so someone else can buy it and a few months later go “I don’t want this in my house”. It’s all good really! And even though eBay is in the background waiting to take a percentage of all of your sales. This is acceptable to grant access to the largest market community on earth!
[quote]Parcel Post® will no longer be available for purchase through eBay Labels as of January 27. A replacement service akin to Parcel Post will be available via eBay Labels in March.[/quote]
Wow, almost two months before people get an alternative. Way to be on the ball about the USPS! Our American government in action here folks. As a result, January and February is not a good day to buy OR sell on eBay because of this.
But wait! There’s more
– Billy Maze
This snap-shot was taken as of 2/3/13
Ebay in an act of neglect decided to keep the option listing online anyways. Which if you’re relisting auctions rapidly like I do. Or simply do not read the notes that they send out. When you list your auction you’ll find out quickly (As I did) that suddenly you are not forced to choose a more expensive option. This is not terrible if your package is light, the cost only fluctuates by 1-2 dollars. but if you have something heavy like I did (34 pounds of love! in a 12x12x20 box!) then suddenly you realize that all of the money you made on your auction just vanished!
I could get upset at government for slowing down business. But eh, if you look at all of the carriers they’re ALL talking about jacking up their rates due to fuel surcharges. And USPS did give warnings about it. But what I can’t tolerate is a company that simply doesn’t give a shit and leaves out-dated forms of shipping still on their website.
It appears that the new service Parcel Select is now the new “Parcel Post” from USPS. It would’ve been nice if eBay actually made an announcement about this like they did when they said they were stopping parcel post. However, eBay doesn’t see the need to inform their sellers that there are discounts out there and instead would rather sellers take a hit on their ratings in terms of their overall shipping prices being drastically higher than new sellers that just started.
So thank you eBay! Thanks for shafting your customers once more with your inability to do business online. It’s a miracle that no other company has come by to knock you down yet!