You will find is in eBay's transaction terms and conditions that
you agreed to when you joined the site, there are allowed to change their terms
from time to time.
This will only impact on buyers because those sellers who were
charging a reasonable postage charge (long standing bone of contention with
eBay and some buyers) will simply increase the charges to take account of the
final value fee.
By all means take them to court for breach of contract but do
remember that they are based in Luxembourg and sewing an organisation in
Luxembourg under Luxembourg law is not really a practical proposition unless
tens of thousands of pounds are at stake.
It is worth doing in all honesty because in actual fact, millions
of pounds are at stake but it would need all sellers to bring a class-action, or,
all sellers to simply stop listing things for a fortnight. The problem is that
no one will do that. Even 100 people together to spread the cost in a class
action, the other million people who did not risk any money, still get the
benefit of any court proceedings.
EBay has changed the way the world shops and unfortunately, until
there is an alternative they dictate the terms.
I have over 1000 transactions on eBay so have seen the rules
change over the last 12 or 13 years. They started making people specify actual
postage cost some time ago and I strongly suspect that it was in anticipation
You could refer it to the Monopolies Commission
I am sorry, I wish that I could give you better news or a more
positive answer but I cannot.
It really is a case of voting with your feet.
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