Independent Music News: New eBay Rules Affect Indies

Indie retailers will face another massive hurdle this September when eBay introduces a rule that means they will have to double the advertised price of many of the records they sell. Ebay has a new rule which means sellers are expected to absorb the price of domestic postage costs in to the starting price of CDs or records being sold is expected to cause widespread hardship and chaos for hundreds of Indies trying to offload old stock through bulk deals and those that have a sideline in second-hand product. Some are expected to close.

Proper Distribution indie sales manager and retail expert Graham Jones said “Every indie uses eBay, it’s a fantastic way of clearing out old stock, so this isn’t good. If sellers have to add a typical £3.20 postage charge to their upfront price it will make their stock look far less attractive.”

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