Recent policy changes on eBay's end have set a new standard for tracking upload time of shipped items. eBay requires high percentiles of timely tracking uploads in order to be considered a top-rated seller.
However, Amazon's MCF doesn't always play along. Amazon is known to be slow on providing Joelister necessary info to upload tracking. Thus Joelister cannot upload anything to eBay (we don't have the info yet!). Joe does a good job of keeping available tracking uploaded to eBay within 30 minutes of Amazon passing it to us.
In order to maintain higher percentages of timely tracking upload as defined by eBay, a necessary requisite to be a top-rated seller (and receive the perks/discounts associated with it), there are 2 predominant methods our members use:
Method 1: Only offer Expedited and above shipping (no default/standard)
Expedited shipping items receive higher priority in Amazon's shipping queue, and have tracking info provided much faster than standard items.
We found the median duration to be: 17.8 hours for expedited tracking, well within what eBay requires.
By only offering expedited, you guarantee that all sales will be shipped/tracked faster.
Shipping options can be modified in the shipping profile on eBay's business policy configuration page.
Explanation to eBay's business policy profiles can be found here.
Method 2: Ensuring that your handling time is set 2 days or higher in JoeLister Shipping Profile on eBay's website
Having at least two days of time in your shipping policies/profiles give your items more breathing room to be shipped in time for eBay's deadline. The tradeoff is that the package arrival date is later, which may sway the buyer. Method 1's downside is a higher cost, which also may sway the buyer.
Either of these two options should work. A combination of the two may be needed in certain scenarios. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to send in a ticket.
We are open to suggestions/tips too! Send them in for us to share.