eBay is selling off StumbleUpon. And if you’re anything like me, you’re thinking, “Wait, eBay owns StumbleUpon? Why? What’s next, Skype?!? Oh, wait. . .” I think the theory is that under eBay ownership, people might stumble upon more eBay auctions. Not sure that ever happened, though.
This is minor compared to their other big stumble of the week. Have you seen eBay’s new Maximum Shipping Price policy page? Starting in October, eBay is controlling how much you can charge for basic shipping. If you’re selling a DVD Audio, you can only charge $3 for it. Cookbook? $4. DVD? $3.
Sellers are required to offer at least one shipping option within the maximum and may also offer other options above the maximums for expedited or international shipping.
I’m sure this is an effort to stop people who charge outrageous fees for “shipping and handling” as a profit center. I guess eBay is too big now for the community to police that kind of bad behavior. I can guarantee you right now that an awful lot of sellers will not be happy with this attempt by eBay to control their fees. (Thanks, Chad A., for the link!)