eBay Begins Removing Optional Insurance ahead of Schedule

Posted on August 3, 2009. Filed under: eBay | Tags: , , |

In July, eBay announced that they would begin removing shipping insurance from new listings starting the week of September 22, 2009.  However, eBay is ahead of schedule. 

I’m not sure if the reprogramming is affecting all sellers or only a select group of sellers.  Perhaps eBay is starting now with removing shipping insurance from some multi-quantity listings so that they can have all the insurance removed by the September target date.  I don’t know to what extent the reprogramming has already occurred.

Below is an example of a multi-quantity item that uses calculated shipping.  If the potential buyer inputs their zip code to have the shipping calculated for one item, the insurance appears as optional.  However, if the potential buyer inputs their zip code to have the shipping calculated for more than one item, the shipping insurance appears as included but the insurance cost has NOT been added into the shipping and handling. 



The seller listed the item with optional insurance BUT now the seller is required to provide free insurance if the buyer purchases more than one item. 

eBay announced that sellers have until September 22, 2009 before they will make changes to the insurance on listings but I wouldn’t count on that date to be accurate.  If you are an eBay seller who uses calculated shipping with optional insurance then you might want to start reviewing your auction listings now to decide if you need to make any immediate changes.

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Gosh! Ahm SHOCKED! SHOCKED I tell you!


HELLO Bonanzle, I love you.

lol – that place in unbelievable. So is eBay just going to tell buyers all of their purchases are insured in the end? How many sellers have buyers being told their package is insured without the seller realizing they are supposed to purchase insurance?

I love Bonanzle too!

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