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I finally found “Manage Shipping Settings” and it turns out that the setting was correct – I do not pass on USPS discounts to buyers, just like always. But boy was it difficult to get to this page. Had to figure out a way to get into 1990s ebay and then I was able to get to it.
Where is “Manage Shipping Preferences” these days? I just went into the “site preferences” section where I always used to configure these types of things in a 1990s-ish UI and found it replaced by something much sparser, with nothing about shipping preferences.
I remember that when I first started selling, I set it up to NOT pass on the discounts to the buyer, and yes, I *have* been noticing a change in the shipping costs when I go to print out labels. I thought it was a USPS price increase thing (hard to tell b/c I have a handling charge in there as well), but what you are describing sounds more like it. Now if only I could figure out how to change it back.
Thanks for bringing this up, Amatino.
Do you mean the handling charge you can specify in the listing form that just gets added in to the total shipping cost the buyer sees? That’s been there at least since I’ve been selling (4+ years). Or is this something else?
Photos are different because you only have to take them once. I’m happy to fill out item specifics once, or even twice. But repeatedly? With insane changes like ebay not autofilling Department=Women when the item is in a women’s clothing category? That’s a waste of time for me and for ebay – b/c I could be spending that time listing more stuff.
When I have $$ on hold, I’m pretty sure I see money being withheld from the next payout. But I haven’t had one in a while, so I could be wrong. Next time it happens (hope it’s not soon!) I’m going to look more carefully and report back if I get clarity on this.
I do wish that they displayed the holds (and released holds) together with the rest of the info for the order in question, b/c now it is a bit confusing.
When it’s on hold, it’s in ebay’s bank account.
It’s like escrow when you purchase real estate. Your deposit gets put into an account that neither the buyer nor the seller have access to.03/03/2021 at 11:57 pm in reply to: UPDATE to Seller Update: eBay Now Waiving Early Termination Fees for US Stores #86418
My guess is that they’re hoping to make up for it by increasing the volume of sales by removing barriers to listing more. Plus I bet they’re making a ton on promoted listings (not from me, though).
Yes, the Basic store will continue to have thousands of free listings in Collectibles as it does now. Check out the more detailed page here – the relevant term is “select categories”:
I would call USPS – the main number, not your local PO.
In the section about the invoice going away, they list the fees that will be now taken out from selling proceeds in managed payments, but no mention of UPS or FedEx shipping label fees. So I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens there? A bit disconcerting.
Yeah, the new fees page is confusing. It would have been helpful if they provided “before update” and “after update” comparison columns like they did for the zero insertion fee listing changes.
Here’s the page that lists the current FVF percentages for folks in Managed Payments.
The FVF of 11.5% (for most categories) includes the Managed Payments fee – there’s just one FVF now (plus the 30 cents non-refundable MP fee), so an increase to 11.7% is indeed an increase of just .2
Actually, it’s several thousand, but either way.
Honesty is the best policy!
Agreed. My peace of mind is worth a lot more than the few hundred dollars I might save if I cheated on taxes.
@CYC – I actually do have an accountant. But she is not a bookkeeper, so I have a long list of numbers to figure out that she asks me to provide, and that takes a bit of work on my end (though using GoDaddy bookkeeping helps a lot, despite having to stay on top of all the little issues that keep cropping up). She asks for all my 1099 forms, so it took a bit of head scratching before I could explain to her why I didn’t get one.
The first time I did ebay taxes was indeed daunting, so good luck! Feel free to ask questions here (with the caveat that the answers you receive will not be from accountants).