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Here comes the snow

By Chris Dawson February 4, 2012 - 9:34 pm

Well it had to happen, although thankfully this year we got through Christmas before the snow came, it’s finally here.

Now’s the time to step up communications with buyers and ensure that they’ve noticed the white stuff probably floating down from the sky outside their windows this very minute.

Doubtless couriers and postal services will update their websites with details of potential delays on Monday, but in the mean time start to assume buyers will expect their deliveries on time and won’t realise that snow means delays.

If you expect and prepare for the worst that will be the best way to protect your eBay and Amazon accounts from low feedback scores.

  • Hereford United fan
    10 years ago

    Fair enough suggestion. Unfortunately ebay have made it very difficult to communicate with customers. We can’t edit the despatch email and we can’t send bulk emails.

    Could download emails from paypal and do it that way, but what a pain in the arse!

  • davelovebay
    10 years ago

    We cant communicate via ebay, nor can we via amazon easily.

  • Chris
    10 years ago

    With the temperatures being recorded in such places as Minsk and Moscow(minus 30 Centigrade etc) and the fact that it appears that the weather is moving West. It is likely that there clould be more to come. Indeed anything could arrive between now and Easter(and if really extreme weather is on the way possibly after Easter). We are in a Maunder Minimum so Winter 2012/3, and 2013/4 expected to be even worst.

  • st georges dragon
    10 years ago

    its winter whats new it happens every year,ebays feedback system should allow for seasonal problems

    • Chris
      10 years ago

      Agreed that we have a Winter every Year but for many years we had mild winters which caused little if no disruption. But I agree that ebay/Royal Mail?Road Authorities/etc should have built into their systems that it is not guaranteed that all winters will be mild.

      The trouble is in part that they have all listened to and believed the clowns who advocate “Global Warming”. There has been NO Global Warming for over a decade. In fact we are in a period of Global Cooling. No idea how long its going to last(but it could be 10 years or so).

      If ebay/RM/etc do not build into their systems all the necessary contingency procedures to take this into account then winter after winter we are going to be in trouble. We should all have learnt our lessons from winter 2009/10, 2010/11 etc. I was watching the News this morning and once again a few centimetres of snow and there is total chaos. Nobody has learnt any of the lessons and no doubt in Winter 2012/13 a few cm and it will be total chaos again.

      Luckily I live in Cornwall and there is no snow here(well not where I live). But I have a pile of packages to send out Monday morning so I could still have problems getting them to the customers on time.

    • st georges dragon
      10 years ago

      a simple answer would be to base the DSR system on a sellers service not one that is affected unfairly by the weather and the postal system, or even better still just one system not the current death by a thousand cuts feedback system

  • Hereford United fan
    10 years ago

    If they can’t change estimated delivery dates at Christmas (which is predictable) what chance have we got with snow?

  • Glenn
    10 years ago

    Rather than sellers struggling to email individual buyers (in some cases many, many buyers) because eBay removed the bulk email functionality, wouldn’t it be easier if eBay sent all users an email explaining the situation?

    Or is this simple solution beyond the air heads?

  • Gary
    10 years ago

    Agree that ebay have now made it very difficult to bulk email buyers or to add messages or notes to their standard emails.

    Those who use third party ebay management tools do have an easier time as many of these do enable bulk batch emails to be sent.

    You could also use up part of the allocation of marketing emails that come with an eBay store but of course this only targets those that have signed up for newsletters and not necessarily recent buyers.

    eBay do give a sense of not caring about issues such as weather. Which is odd for a site that perports to be numero uno!

  • 10 years ago

    what about leaving a message on your shop using the holiday settings?

  • Mark
    10 years ago

    st georges dragon

    Couldn’t agree more StGD

    The DSRs and their “exigent” thresholds need revising, from the ground up. Esp for low volume sellers.

  • Mark
    10 years ago

    Glenn

    Agreed!

    eBay are happily “agnostic” about many things, including, evidently, informing buyers of weather conditions and to, well, go easy on buyers. It very rarely happs.

    (there’s the pesky buyer in the Scilly Isles/ Oban/ Fishguard who was unaware that the courier hub was blighted by snow, and will happily leave 1 star)

  • Mark
    10 years ago

    ps A simple fix, and a mild alleviation for many sellers (the good ones, that strive for eTRS, unlike SOME of the Outlets and Daily Dealers’, with shocking feedback that reveals they probably don’t even concern themselves with their feedback – such is their reliance on eBay’s Daily Deal coverage and their “brand awareness”…. -) would be to increase the “exigent” threshold from 0.5% to 1.0%.

    Rant over.

    -MB

  • Gary
    10 years ago

    ebay have now posted a message in their news section and they encourage sellers to communicate with buyers.

    They do not explain how to though given that the batch message system is no longer available.

    Do ebay expect every seller to send a message one by one through the listing contact seller function?

    More guidence from ebay on how to contact sellers in bulk would be appreciated.

  • 10 years ago

    It might be good idea to reflect about the situation in eBay dispatch emails or leaflet with the order will do.

  • Gerry007
    10 years ago

    .
    SNOW, what Snow…..!!

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