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Returns in eBay.com – Some facts and few tips on how to handle.

Returns in eBay.com – Some facts and few tips on how to handle.

Returns are time-consuming and sometimes tricky to handle correctly, that’s a good reason to double-think our suppliers. In a return you might lose money or make even more money than your initial profit.

Although eBay supports only one way to do it, there are more than one ways of processing a return; it depends on the case, which one is best to pick.
Also the processing approaches are different between USA(.com) and UK eBay(.co.uk).

Here I just point out some facts and tips for eBay.com.
Facts to consider:
1.In eBay US you can select restocking fee. I select 15-20%. (I’ve been selling with 0% also, I haven’t noticed any difference in sales.)
2.EBay doesn’t like it when you have many return cases open at the same period of time, or cases that do not honour eBay’s timelines.
3.In the return cases form, if you accept the return, eBay will ask you to put the return address. If the address is not the same region with the item’s declared location, eBay won’t let you proceed.
IMO these are the main reasons that sometimes -especially if the item is inexpensive- handling a return through messages is better.
4.If you make an official/full refund (e.g. cancel order or refund buyer through return case) eBay will also return its “final value fees” of this sale. But if you make a partial refund outside of the official return form, you won’t get them unless you call eBay and inform them regarding.
5.For some strange reason, if you select “I accept the return” eBay disables your ability of uploading photos or communicating with the buyer through the case. And then they have some silly steps with labels and tracking numbers and timelines(Item Shipped/Delivered/Refund Sent), that most of the times it makes the whole process trickier to close.
6.If “take action” timelines thresholds are crossed, a new option “let us step in and help” appears. If you or the buyer selects it, eBay will try and favor the buyer. So you will lose the case and get a “defect”.
7. For the restocking fee to be applied officially, the buyer must open a return case. So whenever it applies (e.g. they just didn’t like the item) and he asks for a return through messages, you ask them to open a return case.
8.If a buyer opens a case and then stops responding: Although eBay says “Take action within few days” instead of accepting the return, I wait for some 1-4 days more and then I offer a (small) partial refund. If the buyer keeps not responding, they close the case in your favour.
9.These said, most of the times it is best to have a return case open, but never accept the return. Instead, you select “contact buyer”, write the instructions there and upload the photos with the shipping label if needed.

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Sample message on what to write: (1. Keep in mind that before you let them know you initiated a return process, you can ask them stuff like if they have a printer to print the label, if they would like a replace or refund, if they prefer to drop it off by themselves or for UPS to pick up their package, what days they will be at home for UPS to come etc. 2. eBay shrinks the uploaded files, so photo resolution of the labels may become too small for them to read/print/scan. If you are not sure they will receive it big enough, you can find their email through PayPal and inform them that you will also send the label there for better resolution. Also tell them to always contact you through eBay messaging system)
Hello Heather,
I’m so sorry to hear that your item arrived damaged. In this case, I’ll be happy to assist you with the return.
How to return your item: Here, we attach for you your prepaid return label to print and affix onto the package. 1.Please put the item in it’s original packaging and the return label on the outside. Affixit squarely onto the address side of the parcel, covering up any previous delivery address and barcode without overlapping any adjacent side. 2.Take this package to a UPS location. And that’s it!
Once we receive the package we will refund you, minus any shipping costs/restocking fees.
Best regards, George Clooney, GosueBayStore

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