I've been selling and buying on eBay since 1998 and the one constant is the constantly changing rules. They can do a 180 faster than any politician. Their newest set of changes will punish sellers that offer anything less than a 1 day ship time.
Although I'd love to be able to ship in 1 day, it's just not possible to do so and offer fresh made bath & body items. I do not want to break my promise to you, my customer, that your items are made fresh to order, not sitting on some shelf for months, even years, before you buy them. But, I do not want to stop selling on eBay and disappoint a very loyal and long term customer base. It's bad enough I'll have to raise some eBay prices to accommodate their new rules. I hate raising prices, but I do need to stay in business.
What to do?
I've decided to remove all long prep items from the eBay shop and only leave in the fast ship, quick prep items. This will reduce my shop from over 2000 items to just under 500. That means all soy wax tarts, sugar scrubs, bath whip, shower gel, sachets, gift sets, body & room sprays, solid perfumes, larger lotions, etc.
I will still offer all these items on my web site and I'm starting to fill up my Etsy shop too.
I'm sad, I can see the writing on the wall, eBay wants to move towards a larger, commodities market and weed out the small, handmade, handcrafted independent sellers. Since I choose not sell iPods, HD TVs or laptops, eventually I will have to close my eBay shop. Just not today.
**Update, I left eBay selling (I still buy) for good on January 1, 2015. My sales have not been negatively impacted and for my category, hand-made fresh body care, it was a good decision.