One resource I use to keep up on new developments is Ina Steiner’s column on eCommerceBytes.com (I keep a permanent link in the list to your right). After I read this article today, my first impression was, “Hey, it’s about time!”. Unfortunately, it’s not yet an option for eBay sellers (it’s not listed as a shipping option). FedEx One Rate YouTube Video
I’m sure that in time, it will be. After dealing with UPS and FedEx reps for the past few years, I understand how scientific their finance people are when it comes to developing profitable shipping options. So, they’ll want to collect and analyze a lot more data before they roll this out to eBay. I won’t make any prediction about how long that will be.
But I do think it will happen, and I think it will be successful. Based on my own experience in the wireless industry, it reminds me of when AT&T Wireless rolled out their “Digital OneRate” calling plans many years ago. That was a smashing success, because people like simplicity. Neither buyers nor sellers want to figure out shipping charges that vary depending on distance, zones, weight, box size, fuel surcharges, and the alignment of the Sun, Moon, and Earth. If you’ve ever looked very closely at a FedEx or UPS shipping contract, it’s full of tables and options that only an accountant could love.