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Seem strange that Ebay have imposed a "Free Postage" rule for UK sellers but it's ok for US seller to charge what they like or have I miss-read it ?.



Hi Don

I see what you mean, whether or not someone mis-keyed the amount,

I would have thought that ebay had a rule regarding such.

Plus no free post.



Edited by 45cellar

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It's true I'm afraid. Only been rolled out in the UK so far, I'm guessing they are testing the legality of it here, before daring to try it in the US. It's caused a massive stir though, as UK Trading Standards are saying it is probably illegal on 2 levels. The reason for doing it, is because the sellers will incorporate the P&P into their starting prices for the item, thus Ebay will make a lot more money, since they take a percentage of the selling price.

However, they are probably breaking the law, since "free postage" isn't therefore true, it should in reality be "inclusive of postage". Also, it appears it is also illegal to take a percentage of shipping costs too. TS are thought to be preparing a test case, and the BBC "Watchdog" program will be featuring this in the new series.

An unbelievably greedy move from a company that already takes far too much (along with their Paypal bedfellows) from their "customers".

For more info, look at the thread on the EBay.UK site. it's by far the longest thread ever (surprised they haven't censored this yet);


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i listed a load just recently and used the courier option and no one complained , only one paid before i sent the invoice just waiting for him to cough up the xtra.like its been said i do not expect ebay to really clamp down untill the legal sides sorted.


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If you list your item and choose "Heavy & bulky items" in the domestic postage drop down you can then charge for your shipping, as long as its reasonable I cant see how anyone can complain.


Thanks for the tip thumbsup.gif

Will use this method in future sales.


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