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USPS postage change 
5th-Feb-2013 12:39 pm
effy
I didn't see any post about this on EGL, but I thought it'd be useful to everyone who's planning to sell/buy from the US. There was a price increase and weight change in postage and parcels for USPS effective on Jan 29th, 2013. You can see the details here: http://support.pb.com/library/PBKB/files/Support%20Center/pitney-bowes-quick-guide-to-usps-prices-2013.pdf and http://www.pb.com/docs/US/pdf/Microsite/Postal-Information/Postal-Chart-FINAL-2013.pdf .

The change of price to international shipping is especially significant.

[edit] Beginning the week of August 5, 2013, the U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays, but will continue to deliver packages six days a week. Saturday mail delivery to P.O. boxes will also continue.
Comments 
5th-Feb-2013 08:53 pm (UTC)
the postage changes are outrageous for international shipping! i tend to send a lot of small packages (a size 000 i think it is the smallest bubble padded mailer they make) and postage use to cost $3.00 international to mail them now the shipping cost is $6.16! over a 50% increase!!!! most of my store orders are international and shipping now cost more then the a lot of the items i sell... i can see where this is going for my little shop :( i understand that prices need to go up in order to keep the post office running but a 50% increase on tiny international packages is more then excessive! very disappointing
5th-Feb-2013 09:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it is unfortunate that 1st class international (which they now call something else?) has received the short end of the stick on these recent price increases. But when you consider that you're sending mail to another country...$6 doesn't seem like very much.
And considering how deeply our postal service is in debt (billions of dollars!), I'd rather pay a little more than have them cut services, as they've been discussing for several years (dropping from 6 days of service to 4 or 5 days)
http://money.cnn.com/2012/10/17/news/usps-debt-limit/index.html
5th-Feb-2013 09:23 pm (UTC)
USPS deliver six days a week? I did not know that. Aus Post only ships on weekdays.
5th-Feb-2013 10:30 pm (UTC)
The States gets mail six days a week.

And we here in Canada, only Monday to Friday.
6th-Feb-2013 07:30 am (UTC)
We have 6-day-a-week service in New Zealand which they want to cut to Monday/Wednesday/Friday.
6th-Feb-2013 04:44 pm (UTC)
In addition to this, starting in August they're also cutting service to 5 days a week.

Frankly, I know we have it a lot better than people in most other countries (shipping here is A LOT cheaper and we pay literally nothing for customs 90% of the time), but it still sucks :c We've been spoiled and now all the extras and bonuses we had are gone.
6th-Feb-2013 04:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I just heard the 5 days only shipping starting on August this morning. :( Though I heard we can still get packages on Saturday, but they won't be sending couriers out or shipping items.
6th-Feb-2013 06:11 pm (UTC)
Well, I believe the currently plan is to end letter delivery on Saturday, but still deliver packages (since 90% of people wouldn't necessarily receive parcels on that day). And from what I read, Congress hasn't given the OK on this, yet?

But yeah, I do agree that we've become quite spoiled with our awesome postal service.
5th-Feb-2013 10:32 pm (UTC)
You're lucky you don't live here (Canada).

$6 for shipping would be a MIRACLE for us.
6th-Feb-2013 12:33 am (UTC)
It's 8$ shipping... for a pair of socks. lol :/ yay for canada post :/
6th-Feb-2013 12:35 am (UTC)
Well we have you beat now. It cost me $10 to ship a pair of socks today.
6th-Feb-2013 01:07 am (UTC)
Ugh, this is horrible.
6th-Feb-2013 02:37 am (UTC)
$17 for a headbow a couple days ago щ(ಥДಥщ)
6th-Feb-2013 04:53 pm (UTC)
I paid $17 to ship some socks via priority mail a couple of weeks ago u_u
6th-Feb-2013 03:51 am (UTC)
And they're normally light to send.

I just wish they didn't MEASURE everything. I mean, sending something for a lot of cash is pretty much JUST to cover the shipping cost. :o
5th-Feb-2013 09:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah someone posted a secret about it in behind the bows a couple of weeks ago, and I was reminded of it the other day when international postage on TeeFury jumped up.
6th-Feb-2013 03:30 am (UTC)
It sucks, but I'd rather pay a little more and get to keep the services I already have here in the USA when it comes to postage. However, this is going to suck for any international customers I may get once I open up my shop... USA sellers will probably have a harder time selling internationally from now on, especially since a lot of people already complain about the cost of international shipping (USA buyers included).
6th-Feb-2013 03:54 am (UTC)
if I have enough money to buy something I really want, I'm willing to sell my arm for high shipping.

If people really want something within two days from here (Canada), it's $60 plus.
6th-Feb-2013 08:35 pm (UTC)
Holy shit. It's that expensive?
6th-Feb-2013 08:51 pm (UTC)
You betcha.

Often times when we sell things, I do this personally, prices are high JUST to cover the shipping. We don't want to, but we wanna make some cash. :o
6th-Feb-2013 09:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I can fully understand that. Like if you have a highly priced item but state that it includes shipping, people are less likely to have sticker shock about the item, especially about the shipping. I could definitely see why you would do that.
6th-Feb-2013 09:12 pm (UTC)
I know I feel bad when I do it. :(

I normally include shipping or I have free shipping.
6th-Feb-2013 04:48 pm (UTC)
I don't think that will be the case <3 Just to use the first example that comes to my mind: I know Lockshop does a pretty decent international business and their shipping starts at $20 for a single wig. US shipping to international destinations (especially with tracking included) is actually a lot cheaper than many other countries' shipping options, even after these increases, so I don't think you'll have anything to worry about if your product is desirable and of high quality.
6th-Feb-2013 04:39 am (UTC)
Yes, when I think about it in the big scheme of things, it doesn't seem like a lot out of my own pocket, but I know more than a few people that run small businesses and this is going to hurt them in a big way.

The thing is, there really isn't any *logical* reason for our post office to be in such a state. The amount of insane legislation out there whose only purpose seems to be to cripple the USPS is STAGGERING. It really smells to high heaven of lobbyists trying to make it a privatized shipping corps only kind of thing. (Really, it's so, so sketchy. Like conspiracy theorist levels of sketch.)

Sorry to be a grumblecake. Thank you very much for the information, though!
6th-Feb-2013 04:49 pm (UTC)
I agree. I feel like a wacky conspiracy theorist when I start talking about the postal service, but most of the legislation concerning it basically seems like it's designed to ensure the service's failure. It's so bizarre and weird.
6th-Feb-2013 06:42 pm (UTC)
Agreed. I think that a better use of their time would be to advertise more and emphasize the cultural importance of letters- how it's trendy (even if it's a lie), how personal it is, how much more seriously people are taken when they write letters, etc.
6th-Feb-2013 11:25 am (UTC)
Thankfully I made a few purchases from US sellers before this!
For a good postage calculator app, check out https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/us-postage-calculator/id554446732?mt=8
The app seems to have already incorporated the latest shipping charges in the US, but is more for domestic shipping. I hope it will soon incorporate international shipping and that helps buyers outside of the US.
I use the UK version of this app, which is really nice to use, and features both domestic and international shipping
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/uk-postage-calculator/id468659179?mt=8

6th-Feb-2013 01:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting this. ;)
6th-Feb-2013 06:39 pm (UTC)
It seems that every decision USPS has been making lately is just putting more nails in the coffin.
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