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Post office charges go waaaaay up!!!

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Post by conesplus » Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:33 pm

Just got back from the post office...

Wow, be prepared to pay more!
Stamps are up 10%, from 50 to 55 cents.
(I talked to a longtime postal worker, and she said that is the biggest increase, percentage wise, that she has seen since she has been there.)

Packages/boxes are up an average of 8%- I got that info from the PO worker too.
I think they have also increased the charge per zone, IE: the farther away, the more you'll pay!

Also, there is almost no difference between 4th class and priority.
Not too long ago, there used to be a huge difference between priority and 4th class!, so if you were not in a hurry to get a box someplace, the cost was about 1/2 to 3/4 the priority rate.
So that means 4th class has taken a monumental increase!

Just what we all wanted to hear.
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Re: Post office charges go waaaaay up!!!

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Post by Rand » Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:13 pm

Hummm....well.....not exactly. Here's the actual information:

https://blog.stamps.com/2018/10/19/usps ... y-27-2019/
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Re: Post office charges go waaaaay up!!!

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Post by conesplus » Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:47 pm

I stand corrected on some of the zone rates.
I think they have also increased the charge per zone, IE: the farther away, the more you'll pay!
is not correct.

Closer shipping zones (Zones 1/2 through Zone 5) are seeing bigger rate increases from $0.55 (Zone 1/2 = $7.65) to $0.61 (Zone 5 = $8.76).
Packages traveling to farther shipping zones are seeing a smaller rate increase – going up by $0.26 (Zone 7 = $10.55) and to $0.40 (Zone 8 = $11.20)
Other than Zone 1/2 where the rate increase is $0.64, the increase is relatively small at $0.08 (Zone 3 = $8.50), $0.03 (Zone 4 = $9.40) and no rate increase for farther Zones 5-8.
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2019 Rates
Priority Mail will see an average increase of 5.9%.

First Class Package Service
Overall rates for First Class Package Service will increase by 11.9%.
Zone-based pricing is being added to First Class Package Service in 2019. **** BIG CHANGE!!!!!!****
*** Any package going across the country (Zone 8) is seeing a significant rate increase going up from $0.43 (Zone 8 – 1 ounce = $3.09) to $1.43 (Zone 8 – 13 ounces = $5.53)
***13 ounce packages in particular are rising across all zones, increasing $0.84 (Zone 1/2 = $4.94) to $1.43 (Zone 8 = $5.53)


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Re: Post office charges go waaaaay up!!!

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Post by oldindiapaleale » Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:51 pm

Not liking this rate hike very much. Actually I haven't liked any rate hike.

This rate hike will affect the costs of packages, both first class and priority, and yes they are going up, especially at the retail window.

First class packages will now be subject to zone pricing, which means it will cost a bit/lot more to send that small parcel with a beer can across the country than to someone in a neighboring state.

For example: one well packaged empty beer can, 4.01 to 8.0 ounces total weight will cost between $4.39 and $4.81 depending on which zone. The current price is $3.75 for all zones including Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, etc.

Although not yet confirmed, the eBay TRS seller rate for the same 4.01 to 8.0 ounce package will cost between $3.18 and $3.63 depending on which zone. The current price is $2.79 (5 ounces) to $3.18 (8 ounces).

I don't even want to discuss priority mail rates, which are already high, especially on 1 to 2 pound packages.

Not much you can do about it as the rates go up every year on all classes of packages.

One thing that you can do is buy a bunch of 'forever' stamps. They are 50 cents each through close of business on Saturday, January 26. They will be worth 55 cents each when you mail letters (and packages) until you run out of stamps. Pretty much all stamps are 'Forever' just don't get any that have a denomination on them -Postmaster Billy.

BTW, here's the whole new price list effective January 27, 2019:

https://pe.usps.com/resources/PriceChan ... ice123.pdf

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Re: Post office charges go waaaaay up!!!

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Post by josh » Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:05 am

On the other hand walking across a large country and hand delivering a package is still an option..
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Re: Post office charges go waaaaay up!!!

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Post by pinnacle-project » Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:24 am

I'm not worried about the cost of stamps. I had to buy a book of stamps around Thanksgiving. I purposely did not buy a holiday related design because it will probably be July before I use them up. Generally, the only thing I use stamps for are birthday cards for the nieces and nephew.

As for packages, I would rather not see those prices go up but inflation is normal so as long as the USPS stays competitive with UPS and FedEx, I'm okay. Most of the packages I send are via ebay so I get a discount on the postage and then the mail carrier picks the packages up off my porch. I prefer it to the option Josh mentioned.
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Re: Post office charges go waaaaay up!!!

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Post by Pbama » Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:33 am

Sold and mailed one bottle the other day (shipping included) and couldn’t believe that the cheapest rate was more than $10 (and it wasn’t mailed very far). Good thing I got a little more than that for the stupid bottle!

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Re: Post office charges go waaaaay up!!!

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Post by fiat128 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:33 am

This sorta sucks if you are buying/selling low value cans like craft cans. My starting list price for any can on ebay is $3.95. Who's going to pay $8 for some "regular can"? Should make trade shows a better option if you are looking for them though.
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Post by pinnacle-project » Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:55 pm

fiat128 wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:33 am
Should make trade shows a better option if you are looking for them though.
Good point. No shipping for the buyer and no ebay and PayPal fees for the seller at shows. By the way, Winterfest in Frankenmuth is only a week and a half away, and the forecast is calling for an easy drive.
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Re: Post office charges go waaaaay up!!!

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Post by BostonBob » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:51 am

Yes, it seems excessive that they jumped 10% on stamps! It used to be 1-2 cents per year!. Shipping is becoming cost-prohibitive on these low priced items. I am selling off a large collection of DVDs, which thank goodness qualifies for Media Mail rates. Currently I can ship up to 1 lb for $2.61 and that is only going up to $2.75. Phew! I charge $2.99 flat rate for my DVD sales no matter how many people buy (I have sold hundreds and have hundreds more :( ) I know it is not legal (for all you Postal Inspectors out there), but could some people sneak shipping Breweriana smalls with Media Mail?? Of course that would be wrong and I guess problematic if your package gets lost!

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Post by pinnacle-project » Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:06 pm

BostonBob wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:51 am
I know it is not legal (for all you Postal Inspectors out there), but could some people sneak shipping Breweriana smalls with Media Mail?? Of course that would be wrong and I guess problematic if your package gets lost!
With most any rule in life, it is possible to break the rule but it's not a good idea even if you do not get caught. If a person does not agree with the rules around Media Mail, they should not use Media Mail.
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