The eBay UK Bulletin: Issue 214, 14th March 2011
Topics in this issue:
1. eBay news – Browser problems
2. Cheap European shipping
3. Postage increase
4. Ask Molly – What’s wrong with my account?
Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of The eBay UK Bulletin.
Apologies for the late bulletin [Ed - from both Molly and me, as I am a day late in sending it too], a stock delivery at HQ took some time to process. I have never been very good at stock management so when buyers default I don’t often revise inventory quantities. The good news is that I now have more stock than I thought and a fairly accurate inventory ready for the end of year stock take.
Just a quick reminder – if you want to contact Molly please don’t reply to this e-mail as the mailbox is linked to a technical system at Harriman House and replies can get lost. Use Mollybol@ebaybulletin.co.uk
This week some good news if you are sending large parcels into Europe, it could soon be cheaper.
Your help is required for this week’s ‘Ask Molly’, read on for more details.
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1. EBAY NEWS – BROWSER PROBLEMS
It seems that some eBay users are having problems with their internet browsers, here is the eBay blurb.
“Internet Explorer 6
There are increasing numbers of reports of members experiencing a variety of site-related issues recently. It appears that there are issues tied to the use of Internet Explorer 6. This is now a “known issue” and is being worked on by our Tech Support Teams.
While we do support IE 6, it is one of the older browsers out there so while it should allow members to perform all actions it does mean that it can experience problems. In the meantime we would suggest either upgrading your version of Internet Explorer or using Firefox as an alternative.”
Molly HQ uses Firefox and IE for different accounts. I do find Firefox the easiest to use, give it a try.
2. CHEAP EUROPEAN SHIPPING
I had to tell you about a new delivery service I have just found, although your readers may already know about it.
I have just sent a heavy package to a customer in Germany and the cheapest rate that I could find was with Parcelforce for £36. (Global Economy – they call it. Ha!)
My customer pointed me in the direction of myParcelDelivery.com – http://www.myparceldelivery.com <>>. It seems that when she had won her items the message from eBay, congratulating her on her win, contained an advert for this company.
I went to the site and tried it out, expecting it to be much the same as Parcelforce but was very pleasantly surprised. The parcel dimensions were 41 x 36 x 17 cm and the weight 3.015 kilos. The price for a two-day delivery was £22.08. This includes full tracking and insurance up to £50. The service is from door to door and they have just been to collect the package.
Maybe I am deluding myself and maybe I could have got it cheaper but it is a step in the right direction.”
Lalesue – http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Crystal-Treasure-by-Lalesue
I am not sending many heavy parcels at the moment; you need a lot of lippies to make 3 kilos! If you have any experience of these delivery guys, please let me know – Mollybol@ebaybulletin.co.uk
3. POSTAGE INCREASE
This year Royal Mail will have a split Tariff with the new stamp and meter prices coming into effect on Monday 4 April 2011 and account prices in early May 2011. The headline figure is an increase of 13%!
The price of first and second class stamps for standard items weighing up to 100g will rise by 5p to 46p and 4p to 36p respectively.
The cost of a large letter stamp will rise by 9p to 75p for first class items and 7p to 58p for second class mail.
First class – £1.58
Second class – £1.33
First class – £1.96
Second class – £1.72
First class – £2.48
Second class – £2.16
First class – £3.05
Second class – £2.61
First class – £3.71
Second class – £3.15
International prices are also to be increased with a 100 gram packet sent into Europe rising from £1.31 to £1.49, for a worldwide packet the cost will be £2.07, up from £1.82. These prices are for stamped packets.
It might be an idea to start amending postage rates now.
Full pricing information –
Don’t forget to pick up your 1st and 2nd class stamps before prices rise and manage your other costs to bridge the gap.
4. ASK MOLLY – WHAT’S WRONG WITH MY ACCOUNT?
“Hi Molly – just a quick question.
For the last three weeks, I’ve been having problems after I’ve signed into my
account. I get the Homepage OK but when I want to look/buy/leave
feedback, etc., red boxes come up with ‘you have not selected any items’ and
then everything locks up with ‘Done but with errors on the page’ in the
bottom left-hand corner.
I’ve been buying and selling on eBay for years with nothing happening like
this before. Any idea what’s wrong?”
This may well be tied in with the browser problems mentioned above. If you use IE6, download Firefox and try again.
If anybody out there in eBay land knows of this problem and has an idea how to rectify it, please let me know – Mollybol@ebaybulletin.co.uk
If you have a question about eBay or home working in general, please send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
– END NOTE –
That’s all for this week. Check out www.ebaybulletin.co.uk <> for the latest news from Molly HQ.
It was a bubble bag week at HQ with stocks running low. I did notice that white bags, especially for size J5, are cheaper by around 3 pence each. I usually go for the brown, but these are tough times, I’ll try the white ones and let you know.
Best wishes and happy eBaying.
Author of the bestselling title, ‘The eBay Business Handbook’ – available direct from the publishers: www.harriman-house.com/ebaybusiness <>>>