Postal Reform

At a Glance

eBay supports postal reform legislation that sets the framework for a viable postal system, guarantees access to reliable and affordable shipping alternatives, and supports the hundreds of thousands of small e-commerce businesses that use eBay.

  • eBay sellers collectively constitute the Postal Service’s single largest package customer.
  • Online small business retailers rely on USPS to compete against large multichannel retailers.
  • Postal reform legislation should promote small businesses by guarding against rate increases, avoiding changes to the delivery week, and preserving high delivery standards.

Issue in Detail

eBay supports postal reform legislation that sets the framework for a viable postal system, guarantees access to reliable and affordable shipping alternatives, and supports the hundreds of thousands of small e-commerce businesses that use the eBay platform.

eBay sellers collectively constitute the Postal Service's single largest package customer. As such, it is important to the eBay community that Congress take action and pass postal reform legislation that will ensure the postal service is financially and structurally sound. eBay believes that any postal reform legislation should:

  • Guard against rate increases that would compromise the ability of small businesses to compete against their larger competitors
  • Avoid changes to the delivery week that would limit the ability of eBay sellers to reach their customers
  • Preserve delivery standards by requiring the USPS to consider alternatives before closing postal facilities

USPS's affordable and reliable shipping alternatives allow small Internet-enabled retailers to compete, grow, create jobs, and offer new competitors to established retail giants. A failure by Congress to pass a USPS reform bill that recognizes the contributions of small, technology-enabled businesses will not only negatively impact small retailers, but the millions of consumers who rely on the variety of products offered by these businesses.

As part of eBay's efforts on postal reform, Carl Gish, Vice President of Global Shipping for eBay, submitted testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, the U.S. Postal Services, and the Census. Carl's testimony outlined how eBay is partnering with the U.S. Postal Service to empower Internet-enabled small business and the highlight the importance of postal reform to this community. Read Carl's testimony.

eBay is also members of the Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service. Learn more about the coalition and their efforts to save the postal service.