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Wed May 7 2008 09:21:20

Online Merchants Prepare for New USPS Rates

By: Ina Steiner

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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!)?




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Online Merchants Prepare for New USPS Rates   Online Merchants Prepare for New USPS Rates

by: asap-sells-it

Wed May 7 17:57:47 2008

Does anybody have a link to the new postal rates besides the USPS website.  I can not download the file from USPS.com
I use Endicia to ship so hopefully everything will go smoothly.
http://asapsellsit.blogspot.com/

Online Merchants Prepare for New USPS Rates   Online Merchants Prepare for New USPS Rates

by: M.C. Nygard

Thu May 8 07:44:42 2008

The USPS rate hikes tip the scales against eBay sellers who get rated by buyers in Detailed Seller Ratings for shipping and handling by buyers. NO BUYER WANTS TO PAY FOR SHIPPING! It's bad enough to have USPS rate hikes, but coupled with the implementation of eBay's new feedback policy May 19 it's enough to send many entrepreneuers out of business. It might be time to sell stock in eBay and start buying stock in Amazon!

Online Merchants Prepare for New USPS Rates   Online Merchants Prepare for New USPS Rates

by: directory

Mon May 12 12:25:06 2008

she is great



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