eBay UK to review Postage Caps

Parcel FeateBay have announced today that in light of the Royal Mail price changes they will be reviewing postage caps in certain categories on the site.

Postage caps set the maximum post and packaging costs that can be charged on eBay and in some cases sellers have found that due to their circumstances they’re forced to subsidise carriage. Sellers who have to charge VAT are often the most affected as it makes their postage costs 20% more expensive than the rates which Royal Mail advertise.

Which of your products are impossible to ship within the current postage caps? Which products will be most affected by the new 8cm thickness which pushes them parcels up to 1kg in weight from the £3.00 small parcel rate into the medium parcel £5.65 rate.

Whist higher volume sellers will be able to access Royal Mail 24/48 or Royal Mail Tracked products, consumers who are selling their winter coats will still want to post them and charge the actual postage, if it’s over 2kg it could cost £15.10 to post from April, more than double the current £7.00 eBay postage cap.

Whilst there are alternatives such as Collect Plus and myHermes many consumer simply won’t be aware of these options and if they’re stung at the Post Office with the new Royal Mail charges from the 2nd of April they may start to think twice about selling on eBay.