USPS has raised DC# rates. :(

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  1. Triformis

    Triformis Insecticon Fanatic TFW2005 Supporter

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    I just got back from one of the local USPS offices in Santa Clara, CA where I was shipping out a package to a fellow board member and I thought I'd let all of you know that, apparently, USPS has raised the rates for Delivery Confirmation #'s. I was quite surpised by this as I thought only the rates for stamps was increasing (happened yesterday, $0.39 - $0.41, in case you're not aware yet), but the woman there told me they raised the prices on quite a few things. They also have a new sizing chart for boxes and the prices have now increased for shipping, in general, depending on the box size. *ugh

    Does anyone know why USPS keeps increasing rates, in general? I truly have no idea and I know we have a few fans here who work in the business.

    Back on topic, here are the new DC rates (according to the chart on the back wall):

    Before:

    -Priority = $0.50
    -Parcel Post = $0.60

    Now:

    -Priority = $0.65
    -Parcel Post = $0.75

    I'm mostly mentioning this because I know many of us slap these #s on the packages we send to each other for peace of mind and I thought it important to make you all aware of it. I'll still be adding them on, though, no worries. :) 
     
  2. unicron's blues

    unicron's blues I need to get rich!

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    Wonderful, between this and the gas it costs to drive to the post office, it'll add up quickly.
     
  3. smkspy

    smkspy is one nice fucking kitty

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    Yeah, prices for shipping are getting outrageous, and sucks because hobbies like our pretty much revolve around things getting shipped to us.
     
  4. Laser_Optimus

    Laser_Optimus Your opinion was noted. Now get lost. TFW2005 Supporter

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    This is a surprise? They've been talking about this for awhile now. It's been in the local media -around here anyways- and it's been advertised on their website. It's been affective as of: May 14th 2007. Hell, BBTS, Corner Store Comics and a few other retailers sent out emails saying that they would no longer be offering USPS Priority Mail as a shipping option because the new prices were "astronomical".

    Although, I don't think the price increases are as "astronomical" as everyone's making them out to be. I ship regularly to my buyers via Priority mail and I shipped a couple of items yesterday so let me show you a couple examples of increases.

    Box 1: Small Priority Mail Box w/Delivery Confirmation.
    Original Price: $4.55 ($4.05 for ship, $0.50 for DC)
    New Price: $5.95 ($5.30 for ship, $0.65 for DC)

    Box 2: Flate Rate Priority Mail Box w/Delivery Confrimation.
    Original Price: $8.60 ($8.10 for ship, $0.50 for DC)
    New Price: $9.60 ($8.95 for ship, $0.65 for DC)

    I don't think the increases are that bad really. And I still find USPS Priority Mail to be cheaper and more reliable than UPS or FedEx.
     
  5. atreyu2112

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    I work for USPS. I can tell you all flat out that this increase is strictly due to the rising cost of gas. The USPS has something like 200,000 vehicles nation wide, and doesn't get any breaks on cost - we fuel the trucks at the same gas stations everyone else does, & pay the same price. Thats a LOT of gas at a MUCH higher price!!! 20 cents more or so per gallon multiplied by an average 16 gallon tank multiplied by 200K is a LOT of $$$. If we don't raise postage - we'd be out of business.

    It really sucks - but thats why stamps are now 41 cents.
     
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    Sidecutter Evil Dealer Scum TFW2005 Supporter

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    No offense, but I can't help but think that the millions in bonuses for managers who have been documented as underperforming could pretty much pay for the costs the increases are supposed to pay for...
     
  7. KidDynamite

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    That's a greater than 30% jump in price on the regular rate and more than 10% jump on the flat rate boxes. Maybe I'm crazy, but that seems pretty astronomical to me. To put it in perspective, if they had raised the price of a first class stamp by that amount, it would have jumped from 39 cents to 51 cents yesterday. I understand the necessity of postal rate increases and don't normally begrudge them, but the startling size of the increase on packages seems outrageous to me. They seem to be taking advantage of the popularity of ebay and online shopping.

    And what's with the confusing new requirements that take into account size and shape plus weight? Did they have to change that? It's going to cause headaches and potentially lose high volume customers like small businesses and professional ebay sellers. Already we're seeing the effects of this with stores like BBTS simply deciding not to offer Priority Mail anymore.

    I have some friends who are ebay Power Sellers. ebay is their sole source of income. They ship out about 150-200 packages a week. If the new rates create so many headaches for people like my friends and BBTS that they just decide not to use USPS anymore, surely the loss of those customers is a more significant hit than a more manageable, incremental rate increase? With the rise of email and online financial statements resulting in much less stamped envelope mail, the USPS has been kept afloat by the concurrent rise of more expensive package shipping from online stores and ebay sellers. They can't afford to drive off those customers.
     
  8. Moonstreaker

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    I don't know if anyone else has noticed this yet, but you can't ship anything Priority Mail when you purchase postage online unless it's a Flate rate box. For those of you who don't know the USPS also charges more for larger packages now reguardless of weight when using Priority Mail. Apperently the USPS is to stupid to come up with something like UPS where you enter in the box demensions and they adjust the price accordingly. Media Mail and Parcel Post apparently don't have the same size surcharges and weren't affected. Looks like my eBay customers will all be getting Parcel Post now. Anyone want a pile of Priority Mail boxes?

    Oh, and DC with online purchased postage went from 17 cents to 18 cents. Can't believe you guys are paying that much for it when you purchase postage at the post office. You've been getting robbed.
     
  9. Insane Galvatron

    Insane Galvatron is not insane. Really!

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    Ironically, it's the rising cost of gas that's causing the postal rates to go up. Those packages move around on trucks that run on diesel fuel.
     
  10. transmetropolitan

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    USPS gets its gas at a government rate that is at least a $1.25 cheaper than what we pay at the pump. This price increase is mainly due to the fact that the USPS is one giant cluster fcuk and is in the RED 2 BILLION $. It is a government organization set up to break even, but hasn't been able to do that in over a decade. One BIG reason is OVERTIME PAY, there are too many others to list. I see daily home delivery being done by for-profit companies in the next 20 years.
     
  11. getoninja

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    theres been a thread about post office rates going up
    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/showthread.php?t=129163

    I dont think the new rates have anything to do with gas prices cause some of the clerks told me (If I remeber correctly) the USPS sometimes uses other companys to ship thier packages to thier headquaters, which the USPS gets charged extra due to the sizes of the packages. I know its something along those lines. so bascily they kinda use a middle man to help them out.

    The last time rates went up was last year Jan 9th 2006 and before that was in July 2002. And during those times gas has gone up and down, so I really dont think its gas or else prices would have gone up evey year since 2002.

    But all in all it really sucks, prices went up drascticaly, more than I expected. Now its gonna depend how the buyer wants thier figures shipped, loose in a small box for cheap prices or MISB to pay more.
     
  12. Triformis

    Triformis Insecticon Fanatic TFW2005 Supporter

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    You know, I thought there must be a thread, but I only searched for one in "Transformer GD" and, obviously, that was the wrong place to post this. Duh. My bad!

    Thanks for all the info, gang, and for moving this thing for me.
     

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