Severe weather conditions in different parts of the world could affect when items arrive at their intended destinations, and may hinder communication between online buyers and sellers.
Blizzards in the Eastern United States have left behind several feet of snow, floods have caused evacuations in Eastern Australia and heavy snowfall has impeded travel in Europe, prompting eBay to remind buyers and sellers that shipments may take longer than expected to arrive.
In an announcement, eBay advised its members to stay in communication as much as possible throughout any transaction that may involve a buyer or a seller in affected parts of the world to ensure both parties are happy with the sale.
"If you are involved in an eBay transaction with a buyer or seller in one of these regions, please note that their ability to communicate or complete your transaction may be delayed due to this severe weather," eBay notes. "We encourage you to be patient in this matter, both throughout the transaction and when providing feedback when your items arrive."
Officials note that blizzards in the Eastern United States have caused strong winds and dropped several feet of snow, making delivery "impossible" in some areas like New Jersey, where two feet of snow fell in just a few days, says USPS spokesman George Flood.
Severe rain in Australia left 18 rivers on flood watch, and several areas on Australia's East Coast also experienced "record" flooding, according to news reports. An estimated 19 towns have been evacuated because of the flooding.
Experts add that more severe weather is on its way. Heavy snow in Europe could also impede delivery or cause delays, and has already grounded planes and stalled thousands of air travelers.
Other Entries by this Author
Auctiva staff writers constantly monitor trends and best practices of those selling on eBay and elsewhere online. They attend relevant training seminars and trade shows and regularly discuss the market with PowerSellers and other market experts.