December 18, 2012—New changes coming to Canadian postage. Earlier this week, eBay alerted Canada users to upcoming changes to the national postal service. Changes include two lower-cost trackable services for U.S. and International shipments that will take effect in February of next year.
For Tracked Packet-USA and Tracked Packet-International, eBay sellers will be able to print shipping labels via Paypal at a special discounted rate available on eBay.ca. Although Canada Post is retiring the Small Packet-USA Ground service, sellers can continue to use Small Packet-International (Air & Ground) and Small Packet-USA Air for printing labels. Small Packet-USA Ground service will be unavailable for customers using PayPal label printing starting January 14th, and completely unavailable to eBay sellers effective February 11th.
“Remember that eBay.ca listings get full exposure on eBay.com-but only if the listing includes at least one flat rate or calculated rate specified shipping service for US buyers,” email reminded sellers. “If you have listings where Small Packets USA-Ground is the only service available to US buyers, you’ll need to add a different service prior to February to avoid losing listing exposure on eBay.com.”
The new Canada Post shipping methods should be very lucrative for eBay sellers with shipments under 1kg to the U.S., or under 2kg to other supported countries. If you currently have listings on eBay.ca that offer the shipping method Small Packets USA-Ground Service, eBay recommends you take action now.