January 2012 USPS Domestic and International Price Increases

Previously, I shared this message from eBay about rate increases with UPS and FedEx. While eBay has not yet updated their announcements with USPS price increase details, I found this link to help you plan. Below is the flat rate pricing chart for Express Mail and Priority Mail that will go into effect as of January 22, 2012 (if you click the image, it will take you directly to the USPS  page with new pricing information).

2012 USPS, UPS and FedEx Rate Changes

If you sell on eBay, take note that effective January 2, 2012, rates for shipping via USPS, UPS & FedEx are increasing! The recent eBay announcement says the following: Rate changes for FedEx and UPS will go into effect January 2, 2012. The Shipping Calculator and PayPal Labels will be updated to reflect these changes—please make sure your shipping costs reflect these new rates, as well. For more information, visit the FedEx and UPS sites. Note: USPS rate changes will be available later in January. Please check back for the latest information.  

Reporting Customs Fraud On eBay

How many times have you received messages asking for values to be marked down or declared as a “gift” on international custom forms? I receive these requests all the time. Instead of continuously typing the same response, I point the ebayer to my customized “International Shipping” page which outlines my policies. I searched “customs fraud” on eBay and here is what I discovered. “Buyers aren’t allowed to ask sellers to falsify customs declarations or mark an item as a “gift” in order to avoid customs fees. Customs fraud is prohibited as…

Holiday Tip For eBay Sellers: Buy In Multiples And Use Second Chance Offer

Let’s face it, listing items on eBay is time consuming. I have talked about the “second chance offer” in the past, but I wanted to bring it up again since it’s the holiday season and there are a lot of online shoppers looking to wrap up their Christmas shopping! Here’s an idea so you can save time but quickly put cash in your pocket. Buy items in multiples and list one in an auction format. Once the item sells (and if you are happy with the price point), you can offer…

List Up To 5,000 eBay Auctions With Buy It Now For FREE

This just in, eBay has a special offer to list items via auction style listings AND add the “Buy It Now” feature for FREE! Load up for the holidays! 3-days only: Dec 6-8 Applies to 1, 3, and 5-day listings That’s 5,000 on top of the 50 FREE you may already get To learn more about this special offer, click here. Keep in mind, only sellers whose accounts meet eBay’s minimum seller performance standards are eligible. Store sellers are also eligible for this special offer.

Include UPC Information In eBay Listings For Google Product Search Results

I recently noticed my eBay listings are not showing up when I perform a google product search in google shopping. If I type in part of my listing title in a normal google search, then I am sometimes successful…but not with google product search. I called eBay customer support last night and this is what I learned. Google product search is now requiring unique identifiers for the apparel category (clothing, shoes and accessories). UPC code information must be included for google’s catalogue. Here is a screen shot of the UPC…

The Unemployed Mom eBay Store – Social Media Outlets

In preparation for the upcoming holiday season and to better serve my eBay customers, I have created social media outlets to announce newly listed fashion merchandise, communicate sales & promotions, and to interact. You can follow my new twitter and Facebook page by clicking the links below. Twitter @Tum_eBayStore Facebook Fan Page The Unemployed Mom eBay Store As always, you can access my store by clicking the Top Rated Seller eBay graphic on my home page (or click here). I appreciate your continued support for my small business.