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Certain USPS First Class Rates to Rise in August

The USPS got the greenlight to raise certain rates in August, but they only impact First-Class Mail Parcels (FCMP) weighing between 1-3 ounces.

Some online sellers who ship lightweight goods through the Postal Service will be impacted, and eBay informed its sellers of the pending rate change. eBay also noted it was negotiating with the USPS “to offer the lowest rates possible.

We wrote about the proposed rate increase in May and explained the reason behind the request. A price anomaly was introduced in January when rate changes made it cheaper in a few cases to bring packages to the post office rather than printing postage online. (You can find more information in this EcommerceBytes Newsflash article.)

eBay said the new rates would go into effect on August 28, 2016 as as follows:

1-3oz First Class Mail Parcel Retail:
Currently $2.45
Proposed $2.62

1-3oz First Class Package Service via eBay labels:
Currently $2.45
Proposed $2.60

“We are negotiating with the USPS to offer the lowest rates possible, and will continue to provide discounted rates via eBay labels whenever possible,” it stated.

You can find the news on the eBay announcement board.

Likewise, other shipping solutions providers will be impacted, so stay tuned to see if your provider is able to negotiate more favorable rates.

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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). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.