i think i forgot to mention that my ebay account had been hijacked. it was so distressing. i have two accounts, one for silly stuff and one to sell my art. it was the art one that was attacked. i got several emails asking me about some name brand purses, and then my account was suspended. right at the same time the us postal service site wouldn't let me log on. i'm very careful with my information online, and i have a mac for which there is usually no spyware. i'm really not certain what happened.
i can get back into the usps, which i think was a coincidence, and ebay has restored my account. i just wish i knew why it all occurred.
i haven't used my ebay account for selling for many months. i've been having much better success with etsy.