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eBay.com is now guaranteeing Fast and Free delivery

By Chris Dawson October 30, 2018 - 8:57 pm

eBay in the US have changed the delivery date for listings carrying the Fast and Free designator from ‘Estimated’ to ‘Guaranteed’. Buyers now will start to see the new Fast and Free logo carrying a guaranteed by date instead of an estimated date.

On eBay.com, Fast and Free listings are qualified as:

  • 4-day or less delivery
  • Free shipping
  • Shipping within the 48 contiguous US states
  • No local pick up or freight as default shipping option
  • Isn’t in Classified Ad format

This isn’t a significantly challenging delivery promise to guarantee – in the US where the retail standard for a fast delivery is a 2-day delivery, a 4-day delivery would be classed by most people as relatively slow. The good news for sellers is that as eBay place the Fast and Free designator on your listings, if the delivery is late eBay will make it right with (under most circumstances) no penalty for the seller. Buyers will be offered a choice of a voucher for a future eBay purchase or a free return label if the sellers accepts returns.

“We agree to cover the liability of these listings because we’re confident in our ability to calculate your delivery time. If a delivery is late, we promise to make it right for customers.”
– eBay.com

If a guaranteed delivery item arrives late even though you met the stated handling time, eBay will remove any negative or neutral feedback left by the customer regarding late delivery, and at this time, will provide the buyer recompense for their inconvenience. eBay will not protect against late shipment defects, and a seller’s listings can be deactivated from the program if they fall below the performance requirements. eBay reserve the right to rescind this seller benefit at any time.

  • Toby
    2 months ago

    I was going to jump in and say very few couriers Guarantee next day delivery even on a next day service, but is ebay maybe realise this and are offering some protection. I still think that there will be agro from those who leave things until the last minute and then when it is one of the small percentage that doesnt arrive on time… demand to send it back for free. Then again they do that now! So will be interesting to see how this pans out. It is atleast a step in the rtight direction with some thought towards the seller too…. Which is a blue moon event for ebay!

    • 2 months ago

      £3 cost to post a parcel, arrives 1 day “late”, buyer returns it (FOC) and ebay bravely say “dear seller, we protected you from a negative feedback”

      Hoorah!

      A step in the wrong direction. Never make promises you can’t keep. People won’t remember all the times you kept your promises, only the few times you broke them and free returns/voucher won’t make up for that.

    • james
      2 months ago

      if the customer didn’t really want it anyway, well you’d be paying for a return label one way or another regardless on ebay, or refunding and letting the customer keep.
      under this new system ebay pays for the return label, you’re better off already.
      if the customer does want the item, and it’s one day late, chances are they’re taking the voucher rather than returning it, ebay pays for the voucher, you’re better off yet again.
      – previously the hardcore complainers would be nagging you for 25% off the order for that one day late, or opening cases hoping to force a full refund for no reason. now ebay just spits a label at them and you don’t even need to pay for it. wins all round.

  • 2 months ago

    Hope this crappy idea doesn’t spread to ebay.co.uk. It’s another burden for sellers, who will have to write off yet more shipping costs.

  • 2 months ago

    Wrong again eBay, if I want something “Next Day” I expect it to the arrive next day, as Gav said, I would be very disappointed if I was let down regardless of the compensation, like free return etc.

    A survey many years ago showed that far more people would tell friends, family and anybody they knew about a bad experience than a good one.

    • james
      2 months ago

      this isn’t next-day, this is “fast and free”.
      you want next-day you can still pay for next-day most of the time, and it’s already guaranteed (to the point of having the extra refunded or a free return for refund) by the seller.

      a lot of people taking the free delivery won’t really care about the difference if it turns up in 4 days (on time) or 5 days (late) but they get ~£5 from ebay for it if it takes 5. a lot of them will be hoping for 5 days in that case, most will get it in 2-3 days (and possibly be disappointed it’s too fast).

      half my ebay parcels here turn up one or two days late, i don’t get anything for that on a free delivery option, unless i want to kick up fuss needlessly, most of the time i don’t care. if it was important enough to complain over one day i’d probably have paid for the express option.

      ebay are actually covering sellers for once and taking the hit on their promises.
      they’re not even over-promising like they usually do (since they’re the ones taking the hit).
      and this should help reduce customer aggro, defects, and spurious SNAD cases, what’s not to love?

    • 2 months ago

      @james It is actually about a guaranteed delivery date, which could be next day.

      For most of the time it is not a problem, I have just ordered some supplies from sellers on eBay and am not bothered when they arrive, but if I did want / need something tomorrow and found a supplier that showed that as a delivery date with an eBay Guaranteed promise then I would be disappointed if it did not turn up.

      Even if the delivery date was 3 days, a person requiring something for a special purpose would feel let down if it did not arrive and more so if it had been Guaranteed.

  • james
    2 months ago

    Don’t see why everyone is moaning, i’m loving this idea from ebay, it’s the only time recently i’ve seen them back their own guarantees, rather than forcing the seller to pick up all the costs.

    I assume they’ve picked a 4-day guarantee because it’s easily achievable, rather than the current UK regime, of ebay de-facto guaranteeing to customers better delivery than the couriers/RM actually offer, and punishing the seller when the two don’t match.

    if you don’t want to be highlighted as fast & free, with ebay backing your guarantee, you don’t need to be on the program, but i’d certainly be taking part in this if they offered it in the UK.

    • 2 months ago

      If they adopted it over here, it’d be 2-3 days, as that is our normal for fast N free. It wouldn’t be opt in/opt out, you’d just qualify automatically or have to offer reduce your service to not qualify.

      I don’t think it would make that much difference to my business, but if anyone ever asks me if I can guarantee that the item they ordered will turn up by the stated delivery date, I tell them honestly. I tell them it most probably will, but there is always someone who doesn’t get it on time and if you order often enough, you will eventually have a late delivery.

      I’d prefer more honesty from ebay, instead of “we’ll bribe you if it is late”

  • Rob
    2 months ago

    Great more badges from ebay that most buyers would not see anyway seen as ebay has a badge for everything it seems. If buyers can search for this then that would be much better.
    Would be much better if you could find the item you are looking for in a search then narrow it down buy delivery dates like next day, 2 – 3 day etc.

  • 2 months ago

    NDR – How do you give a customer a refund once they have returned an item? They did not create a return through eBay it was agreed through the messaging system.

    Usual eBay Merry-Go-Round;

    From the message they sent me I clicked the “View Order Details” to be taken to the listing, clicking on the xx sold takes me to view the buyers, then under Action click on the “View Order Details” and get taken to a “variation” of the order page. Nothing there.

    From the Seller Hub I locate the order but still see no way of giving a refund.

    I have done it through my own system and could have done it via Paypal, but see no way of doing it through eBay.

  • Jonah
    2 months ago

    Tyler don’t refund through PayPal first- eBay will count this as a ding on your DSR. We had the same thing, in error we just refunded through PayPal. eBay then counted this as “out of stock” refund and we couldn’t get our selling fees back either.
    You need to find the “resolve a problem” page but that’s easier said than done !

    • 2 months ago

      @Jonah Too late for the “resolve a problem” page, already refunded.

      You are right my system refunds through PayPal and then that updates eBay with an Out Of Stock.

      The DSR is not a problem as I my metrics are so low but I will check that I get my fees back, so thanks for that.

      UPDATE: I just looked to cancel a new order that has not been posted and there was no way of doing it in Seller Hub. I thought I would revert back to the old version of the eBay page as there was a link for me to do it. It asked me for a review and then took me to the Seller Hub page but this time you could preform actions on the orders.

      Bizarre…