Buy.com Copies eBay in Charging Commissions on Shipping Costs
but it added a commission fee on sellers' shipping and handling costs. It told sellers it hope the move would encourage them to offer free shipping. "Free shipping not only increases your potential for a sale, but it will also lead to increased exposure on Buy.com," according to the announcement. Buy.com said that the majority of its merchants offer free shipping, so "they will see this as an automatic decrease in the commission they pay to Buy.com!" eBay made a similar change last year and recently said the change accounted for "roughly less than 1 percent of the growth"