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Kenneth Corbin
Kenneth Corbin
Kenneth Corbin is a freelance writer based in Washington, D.C. He has written on politics, technology and other subjects since 2007, most recently as the Washington correspondent for InternetNews.com, covering Congress, the White House, the FCC and other regulatory affairs. He can be found on LinkedIn.

7 thoughts on “USPS Rate Hike to Drive Sellers to FedEx, UPS? Not So Fast”

  1. New message to: janinekarnes3795
    Men’s shoes are usually about one size larger than womens but there is no set standard. It’s worse in polo shirts where one company’s CL is another company’s small. Add in regular, extreme, slim orginal fits and it only makes sense to learn your measurements which about 90% of the buyers don’t do.

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  2. For our products, the USPS actually IS a bargain, relative or not. Many of our customers are in rural areas – areas not always served by UPS and FedEx, but served by the USPS. Our products are generally less than a pound in weight, so the USPS does just fine.

    Disclaimer: I don’t work for the USPS nor do I play a mail carrier on TV!

    Shipping to Canada or other international destinations has taught us that the “Customs Brokerage Fees” charged by UPS and FedEx (and DHL, but that’s another horror story) are ridiculously unreasonable, when we can send something to the other side of the world for less than $20 by USPS while the others charge almost that just for those “Customs Brokerage Fees”. We haven’t found the delivery times to be any different either.

    We’ll often have someone ask us to ship by UPS or FedEx, and we’ll get a price and give them a choice, but for over a dozen years no one has used other than the USPS. We’ve honestly felt that some of the USPS prices should be a bit higher (sending a First Class Parcel mailer across the entire country for under four dollars seems like a bargain).

    At one time we sold used technology equipment, and for those items that weight 75 pounds USPS is NOT the good choice, but for our main business they’re good for us. Your mileage may vary.

    1. Higher prices on First class? Maybe if you are shipping your sale of insured uncut diamonds! Most of us shipping first class are shipping things under $10, and it hardly seems fair for the postage to be more than the cost of the item. Some people are even sending things like stickers for less than $1.50, and are forced to provide “tracking” to prove that they sent the item, so they can’t even mail letter mail, unless they plan on losing money to scammy customers.

  3. Personally I would rather pay the USPS rates than deal with the shoddy services of FedEx and even UPS has gotten questionable in their service.

  4. The current head of USPS, has a wife with stock in USPS and Fed ex, so small wonder all the prices are going up. I hadn’t heard anything about anyone forcing her to divest herself of said stock.

  5. HIGHER rates will end small businesses, USPS 150% rate increase on packages over 30″ WILL NOT make them competitive and it won’t send me to UPS or FEDEX, I won’t be able to sell anything over 30″ PERIOD.
    Right now it average’s about $10 to ship a package over 30″(fishing rods) with USPS, add $15 will be $25 plus another rate increase Jan 9th., even if was a couple bucks cheaper then the others, NO one is gonna pay $25-$30 shipping on a $10-15 fishing rod. On top of that it will cut my fishing reel inventory in half because I usually buy rods and reels in bundles, can’t buy the combo if I can only sell the reel. OH and I’ll come across huge lots of fishing gear,(lures, rods and reels) someone selling as “take all” I’ll have to pass because of the fishing rods.
    Every rate increase means less inventory to sell, its getting harder and harder to find stuff that will sell with the higher shipping rates.
    I haven’t seen any of the shipping companies mention or thought of the 30-50% drop in sellers with the 1099 requirement in 2022.

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