BOLTON, England, October 23 /PRNewswire/ -- eBay bosses have been consulting to ensure that eBay sellers can continue trading through the postal dispute.

Mark Lewis, managing director for eBay in the UK, said: Some 120,000 businesses are currently registered and making a living on

While they work with a variety of postal suppliers, many rely on Royal Mail for their deliveries and are understandably concerned that further postal strikes will continue to cause huge disruption at a time when they can least afford it.

Our businesses tell us that Christmas typically accounts for a fifth of their annual sales and despite the tough economic conditions, they're successfully growing their businesses and investing for future growth. In fact, our sellers have already seen buyers hunting for pre-Christmas bargains with tinsel sales up 65% and Christmas tree sales up 112%. business development director Richard Adams-Mercer said his firm was delighted to be assisting the auction website.

eBay wants to ensure that its sellers can provide the levels of service that are critical in the run-up to Christmas so we've stepped in to help.

eBay is advising users of alternative shipping options including and recommending that buyers choose sellers who can post using carriers that are not affected by the industrial action, he added.

eBay sellers are advised to mitigate the impact of postal strikes by offering the new delivery options and stating this in listing descriptions for the duration of the industrial action.

Following the strike vote by Royal Mail workers, has also decided to remove the option for buyers to rate sellers on the time they take to send an item. The temporary move will be implemented for the duration of the strike period and for a period after.

This action was agreed as a way of supporting eBay sellers as their status and discounts on are wholly dependent upon their Detailed Seller Ratings (DSRs) - of which Dispatch Time is one such criterion.

Notes to editors:

* was founded in 2000 by Fil Adams-Mercer following the successful sale of a video rental business to Blockbuster.

* The company was borne out of a magazine distribution business which had operated out of a stairwell of one of his video stores in Bolton.

* Parcel2Go developed an online presence during the first dot-com boom and has since steadily grown to be one of the UK's leading parcel delivery services.

* The company has over 600,000 users and sends 750,000 parcels each year.

* is the only courier website to offer such a wide variety of products from world-leading handlers, including Fed-Ex, DHL, City Link, UPS, Home Delivery Network and Royal Mail to offer customers a cheaper and more flexible service.

* now generates a turnover of almost GBP11 million.

* The firm is managed by Fil Adams-Mercer and his son, Richard, who helped launch the company when he was still only 19.

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