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USPS Rate Change Could Impact Ephemera Sellers

There’s a shipping rate change that won’t affect the many online sellers who use USPS, UPS or FedEx to fulfill orders. But for some sellers, a “small change” change could add up.

Stamps.com explained the impact on sellers in a recent blog post titled, “Understanding the Metered Mail $0.485 First Class Letter Rate.” While the cost of a First Class stamp will remain 49 cents when new postal rates take effect on May 31st, the USPS is increasing the cost of its special Metered Mail category for First Class Mail letters.

That special rate applies to sellers who use postage meters, or who use PC Postage Providers to purchase and print postage themselves.


While you typically don’t think of online, eBay, and Amazon sellers jamming products into a regular envelope, there are certain items that do fit and can be sent First Class Letter Rate – decals, stickers, stamps, and certain ephemera for example.

While half a cent doesn’t sound like a lot, the rate for additional ounces is also increasing by a penny – from 21 cents to 22 cents. Sellers who use online postage to print First Class Letter rate should be aware of the change, as the pennies can add up, especially for those with slim margins.

Read the full post on the Stamps.com blog for more information and advice on downloading the latest software version to ensure you’re ready for the May 31st rate change.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). She is a member of the Online News Association (Sep 2005 - present) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (Mar 2006 - present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.