In a move to sure to make more eBay sellers groan, eBay has announced a shipping/handling maximum on certain categories. The categories in question are media categories (there is a link below to the eBay page that details this). These are the maximum fees you can charge for first class domestic shipping. If you sell in these categories as your home based business, you need to be aware of these. Be sure to read the fine print though! There is nothing stopping you from offering more expeditious shipping at higher charges to your customers. eBay allows you add more than one shipping option to your listings.
It says that sellers are required to offer at least one shipping option with these maximums in place. That does not mean you have to offer that as your default shipping charge. Many buyers will simply go with the default shipping charge on a listing, so you can choose a different option for your default when and if it makes sense to do so. For example, if you offer an Audio Book, you must show a shipping option for $4. But often a better value for your customer for this type of product might be the Priority Mail Flat Rate envelope which goes for only 75 cents more (if you buy the postage online at USPS). The customer will get it much much faster than they would if you send the product media mail or first class mail.
It’s likely this is another step eBay is taking to combat sellers who engage in excessive shipping charges. This will force those kinds of sellers to offer at least one value choice to their customers. But as the example shows above, the best value for your customer might not always be the cheapest one. So be sure to become familiar with eBay’s ever growing rule book and know your options.