eBay has announced that over the coming weeks there will be changes in shipping fees sellers pay when they use USPS and UPS labels printed through its eBay Labels platform.
These are not the peak season or holiday season surcharges, but adjustments to the base rates when using eBay tags.
eBay Labels – USPS Rate Changes
Beginning September 26, 2022, sellers using eBay labels will save even more on USPS Priority Mail labels for select weights and zones.
eBay did not provide an exact rate table, but the new rates will be up to $1.02 below commercial prices.
The reduction in the overall base rates for Priority Mail is good news for sellers, even with the potential of USPS peak season surcharges temporarily reducing profits.
eBay Labels – UPS Rate Changes
Effective October 2, 2022, sellers using eBay tags will see UPS rates increase between 1% and 3%.
Again, eBay did not provide a rate table for this change, but the company said that this rate increase mostly affects heavier ground packages and some air packages.
What Should eBay Sellers Do?
When there are rate changes, sellers who offer free shipping or fixed price shipping on the platform may notice a negative impact on their business.
On the USPS side, as rates drop, sellers have little to do now as the US Postal rate changes benefit them.
Sellers who use UPS frequently may need to take some of their most common weights and zones—especially if they ship heavier or bulky items—and review the impact of these rate changes on their business.
One common trick that is often overlooked is to review box sizes as rates today are dependent on dimensional size.
Sometimes just reducing one inch on one dimension can have a significant impact on the shipping rate.
Of course, this only works if there is enough space left in the box to ship the item safely.
eBay sellers can use this handy shipping calculator to research the best shipping rates for their items before listing them on the platform.
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