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eBay cans free P&P requirement

Pleases some, infuriates others

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

eBay is canning the requirement for sellers to offer free postage and packing on certain items, after a long-running campaign by sellers.

Back in the day the oldest eBay scam was charging exorbitant rates for P&P. Last year eBay took action against this by introducing mandatory free shipping for some items.

But from 8 February this requirement will disappear - instead eBay is setting a maximum postage price for different categories. As is normal whenever eBay tweaks its T&Cs, this has pleased some sellers and outraged others.

Many forum posters are congratulating themselves on forcing a change out of eBay.

The current list of categories with maximum P&P charges is here.

Sellers cannot charge more than £2.75 for P&P, vintage mobile phones cannot cost more than £7 in P&P.

From March this will be extended to include clothes and shoes. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

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