New postal rates go into effect on May 12th in the US, and online sellers need to make sure they are prepared. Customers receive a 3 percent price reduction by purchasing Express Mail online or through corporate accounts, and Priority Mail will have an average 3.5 percent savings for customers who use electronic postage or meet other requirements.
Endicia said its software will seamlessly switch to the new price system, which includes discounts for online postage, on May 12th. (Likely true for Stamps.com, Pitney as well, check with your vendor.)
eBay said it would automatically update prices in its Shipping Calculator on May 9 around midnight Pacific Time. "As a result, listings with calculated shipping that are paid for via Checkout after Friday, May 9 will have the new price applied. This timing recognizes that items paid for after Friday are not likely to be shipped on or before Monday, given it can take a few days for payments to clear."
Amazon.com has not announced whether it would change its shipping reimbursement to marketplace sellers to adjust for the rate increase, and has not responded to an inquiry about its plans.
Window Book, a service that helps companies and merchants with mailing needs, is always on top of USPS changes. In its blog post from yesterday, they point out that the USPS no longer refers to postage "rates."
"The buzzword now is "prices," Lisa Bowes wrote, also pointing out that, "Since prices will now be changing on an annual basis, the USPS has given their website pricing page a permanent home."
Are you ready for the changes (and are online shoppers!)?