"I am writing to complain about the recent changes that eBay.co.uk has made to their fee structure regarding postage costs.They have recently added a new " final value fee" of 10% for every p&p cost a seller has on their items. Postage and packing is both a service (not provided by eBay) and an expense incurred by the seller for shipping costs and packaging materials. Bearing this in mind, surely eBay are not legally allowed to incur a fee against this cost.
Hopefully you are already aware of this new fee implementation and Trading Standards are working towards eradicating this malpractice and resolving the issue"
Definitely can't be true i thought, so i looked at my seller fees for last month. Not wrong, so how come i hadn't been made aware of it ? I suppose it came in one of those "amendments to your eBay seller agreement" emails we are always getting, must be the one that told us "The Seller" will hereinafter be called "The Exploited".
So i sell a theoretical cylinder head for £200 via eBay, they take £20 (10%), fair enough, they provide the website and advertising and present my sales to millions of viewers. My buyer is in Australia so shipping is £100 but now they are taking £10 of that, why ? WTF has the shipping costs (paid by the buyer to whatever shipping company we use) got to do with them. Surely they have no right to do this, its just not fair. Of course sellers will now add to the shipping costs to cover it, the buyers will complain and give us a shitty star rating for postage costs and maybe bad feedback, we will complain to eBay and, as always, they will ignore our complaint. BASTARDS.
I'm not sure if this applies to other countries or whether its just eBay UK but check your fees, write to Watchdog, Rip off Britain, The Monopolies Commission and your MP or better still find their address and send them a shit in a box with a little flag in it saying "here is your 10%", yes sounds amusing but just imagine if we all did that ?.