Overcharging on postage has in the past been pretty much the norm on eBay for many sellers, which is one of the reasons that eBay are starting to introduce compulsory free post in some categories. It’s not something that’s normally illegal though, but a Flintshire man who made twice as much on postage as on selling counterfeit products has had postage profit included in a proceeds of crime repayment.
Selling counterfeit dart flights with football club logos, the court has assessed his profits at £3,100.00 for the flights and £7,500.00 from inflated postage and ordered him to repay £9,020.00 or face six months in jail.
This is the first time I’ve seen a case where profit from unreasonably high postage costs was taken into account. It’s hard to hide on eBay though, everything is recorded for the world to see and the courts are no exception.
The only thing I don’t understand is how he got away with overcharging on postage for so long without his feedback suffering. This case is unusual as it involved counterfeit product, but it does go to show just why there is so much resistance to eBay enforcing free postage. For many sellers making double the profit from postage, compared to the profit on the product, is just too much to ignore.