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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/.

8 thoughts on “Costs of Mail, Postal Insurance, and PO Boxes to Rise in July”

  1. So if they raise prices in July, that would be the 2nd increase, does that mean they won’t add a holiday seasonal increase in Oct. or is that consider “seasonal”. I honestly don’t think the USPS will make it to the 10 year mark at this rate. I mean they just lost about half my packages Sunday, I’ve figure for every rate increase is the same decrease in sales which would mean I’ll be priced out in about 2-3 years.

  2. The POs costs related to postal insurance are primarily claims which are driven by the PO not doing their job.

  3. I am starting to question if USPS is purposefully driving away business so they in turn have substantially less volume and can cut back on staffing, facilities etc. I have shipped more via UPS and FedEx in the last four months than I have in five years combined selling on eBay. The price difference is frequently as much as 40-50%.

    1. Its the Post master general DeJoy, he’s trying to end the USPS. Congress just passed a bill giving the PO over 100 billion dollars grant, change the retirement plan to medicare(which saves them billions each year) so they won’t be losing money every year.

  4. I overcharge for shipping with the solid understanding that any remainder is returned to the customer.
    USPS is so unpredictable this is the ONLY tactic that works 100% of the time.
    I encourage all to use the same approach.
    But it will only work with complete honesty.

    1. They didn’t put all details in the press release, go to PRC website:

      See the line in the story above at the end “Details are available in today’s filing on the Postal Regulatory Commission’s website” – there’s a hyperlink going to PRC website. When there, do Control-F (find) and enter the word Media, hit return – shows the table. Hope that helps.

      1. I see it now, Ina, thanks. Hefty increase, considering it’s a mid-year add on. Strange that they didn’t list Media in the more general announcement as a class that would be impacted. Trying to spare up of too much bad news.

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