From: Mike on
I never received an email about this, but just logged in to check out
something, and saw this in "my messages"


In 2009 a mandatory free Postage & Packaging (P&P) policy was introduced
in categories where excessive postage charges were a problem. Although
buyers have responded positively, some sellers indicated this is having
a negative impact on their listings and asked for alternative options to
prevent excessive postage. This is especially when listing in the
auction style format with a low starting price. Therefore, to help
drive further sales, the existing free P&P policy will be removed and
replaced with maximum limits to Postage & Packaging charges from 8
February 2010.

Buyers continue to respond positively to free Postage & Packaging.
Sellers who offer it on their fixed price listings will continue to
receive a boost in search results.
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Mike News
From: michael adams on

"Mike" <turnpike_user(a)turnpike_REMOVEuser.THIScomANDTHIS> wrote in message
news:rjl8UeBJnpdLFwIp(a)turnpike.home...
> I never received an email about this, but just logged in to check out
> something, and saw this in "my messages"
>
>
> In 2009 a mandatory free Postage & Packaging (P&P) policy was introduced
> in categories where excessive postage charges were a problem. Although
> buyers have responded positively, some sellers indicated this is having
> a negative impact on their listings and asked for alternative options to
> prevent excessive postage. This is especially when listing in the
> auction style format with a low starting price. Therefore, to help
> drive further sales, the existing free P&P policy will be removed and
> replaced with maximum limits to Postage & Packaging charges from 8
> February 2010.
>
> Buyers continue to respond positively to free Postage & Packaging.
> Sellers who offer it on their fixed price listings will continue to
> receive a boost in search results.
> --
> Mike News


I've always considered default free P&P as a bad idea myself. Without
alternatives being offered. Free P&P implies that the seller will chose
the cheapest and slowest delivery and use the cheapest packaging.
The fact that the P&P cost is supposedly factored in to the opening price
is highly questionable IMO.

In all the listings I've seen which include the mandatory free P&P Ive never
seen any more expensive alternatives offered. Maybe this is possible but something
sellers never bother with. When I'm paying maybe �30 for a book I don't want it
sent 2nd class in the cheapest jiffy bag but 1st class recorded in Cardboard which
means having to contact the seller to agree the extra to include their extra time
and trouble and then transferring that amount to their Paypal email address.
Needless fannying about IOW.


michael adams

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