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Fri Aug 14 2020 14:28:29

USPS to Hike Shipping Rates during Holiday Shopping Season

By: Ina Steiner

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The USPS will raise shipping rates during the holiday shopping season. It will raise all commercial domestic competitive package volume on October 18. 

The temporary rate hike will be in effect through December 27, 2020.

Priority Mail Express, Priority Mail, First-Class Package Service, Parcel Select, and Parcel Return Service will all see rate increases.

The Postal Service announcement stated: "The planned temporary price adjustments are in response to increased expenses and heightened demand for online shopping package volume due to the coronavirus pandemic and expected holiday ecommerce."

To get an idea of the impact, a current Priority Mail commercial rate of $7.02 would rise by 40 cents to $7.42 - an increase of 5.7%. However, that was just one of the few examples provided in the announcement - and it did not include the average rate hike for Priority Mail or for other services.

The planned prices were approved by the Governors of the Postal Service on August 6, and the USPS filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) today. The Postal Service is restricted by how much it can raise dominant rates, but has much more leeway with rates for services classified as competitive.

Today's announcement is bad news for the small sellers who, unable to negotiate volume rates with UPS and FedEx, rely on the USPS to deliver their orders.

If you visit this page on USPS and click on "October 2020 Notice 123 - PDF" you'll find the rates.

The following is a snippet of the new Priority Mail rates (Commercial Base pricing) set to go into effect this fall, pending PRC review. 



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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Fri Aug 14 16:38:20 2020

If you price yourself to high - people will just go to Fed Ex and USPS ..... sure - kill the goose thats laying the golden egg - right at Xmas time ..... not too smart there.

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by: Chicago48 This user has validated their user name.

Fri Aug 14 17:04:04 2020

Well well, Mr. Dejoy is going into investigation:  Amid political controversy, postmaster general's stock holdings come under renewed scrutiny
USPS head Louis DeJoy reportedly owns millions of stock in mail processor.
ByOlivia Rubin andSoo Rin Kim

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This user has validated their user name. by: iheartjacksparrow

Fri Aug 14 17:28:01 2020

I only care about First Class Package rates as that is how 99% of my items ship. After looking at the proposed rates versus the current rates, I don't see any difference in the rates.

It's kind of a slimy thing to do, raising the rates during the Christmas buying season.  

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by: Ophelia1 This user has validated their user name.

Fri Aug 14 17:44:06 2020

Does this mean USPS will hire more help?  I should think so, since the reason they are giving for the increase is to be able to handle the expected online traffic......

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by: redcabin This user has validated their user name.

Fri Aug 14 17:57:11 2020

First Class Package Commercial Parcels is going up 25 cents in each weight and zone

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This user has validated their user name. by: iheartjacksparrow

Fri Aug 14 18:07:14 2020

@redcabin - Click on the link in the article, select the PDF link, and look at Page 7. Those are the planned price changes. Now go to this link with the current prices:

https://support.shippingeasy.com/hc/en-us/articles/2030
85719-First-Class-Package-Service-USPS-Retail-Rate-Table

Where
do you see a change? Because I couldn't find one.

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by: FeelingFroggy This user has validated their user name.

Fri Aug 14 18:24:44 2020

Guess come mid October we will just up our shipping on everything by a 1.00. A little for me, a little for the USPS and a little for greedbay. Will just leave it there as there is the usual price hike in January.

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by: Geetar This user has validated their user name.

Fri Aug 14 19:49:59 2020

IDK, how is it that here in the US we had the lowest prices on just about everything up until about 15 years ago. Now we have some of the highest prices on everything. Seriously, the cost of living is lower in europe?? what happened?

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ina

Fri Aug 14 21:43:14 2020

Redcabin and Sparrow: you raise an interesting issue re First Class. I haven't had time to delve into it, but it's important to compare apples to apples: Current Commercial rate vs planned Commercial rate, and current Retail rate vs Planned Retail rate.

(Whichever online postage provider you use should be able to tell you how your Commercial rates will be impacted.)

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by: Opalie This user has validated their user name.

Fri Aug 14 22:12:44 2020

And because ebay now charges FVF on shipping they get a nice little rate hike as well.

Happy Holidays to everyone (except the small to medium online seller).

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by: Snapped This user has validated their user name.

Fri Aug 14 22:52:26 2020

So, the new USPS honcho is transparently trying to hamstring the service by severely reducing service capacity and related trustworthiness by stealthily trashing processing machines, curtailing delivery, removing collection boxes, and now surreptitiously raising prices by using lack of funds to support increased volume as justification, at the same time YOUR government representatives are napping on their ‘break’ from their arduous toils.

How many more whacks upside the head will it take before the collective ‘you’ will notice the politically spiked bat he’s using?

Pressure your representatives to return to their work and pass the necessary relief bill needed not just to remove this ‘justification’, but also all other relief so desperately needed - now.

It works. No matter what side of the aisle you, and they, clap from. It works, because they ALL want the chance to get re-elected. If you don’t, you WILL pay. For more than just economically transporting a box virtually instantly across the continent, too.

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by: COVID-19 This user has validated their user name.

Fri Aug 14 23:29:29 2020

Please do!  Smart people are jumping over to FedEx and UPS anyway.  Their young and strong workers hustle and don't drag feet unlike the USPS geezers drooling for their pension.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ina

Fri Aug 14 23:50:14 2020

Quick followup: The press release from the USPS states: "Increase for Commercial Parcels; Retail Customers Unaffected"

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This user has validated their user name. by: The End

Sat Aug 15 02:19:35 2020

USPS = 3 lb box 14 X 14 X 10 to California = $44.52 (stamps.com)
That's over 2X what it was just last year.

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by: Ophelia1 This user has validated their user name.

Sat Aug 15 12:21:24 2020

usps= 3 lb box 14 X 14 X 10 to California( Sample zip code 90001): $31.81
Priority USPS  (Pirateship.com)

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This user has validated their user name. by: The End

Sat Aug 15 12:34:00 2020

Nice   :o)

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This user has validated their user name. by: The End

Sat Aug 15 12:37:23 2020

No.
Pirateship.com shows $44.38...3 lbs to 90210 (California)
Almost...no cigar.......

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This user has validated their user name. by: The End

Sat Aug 15 16:23:04 2020

USPS > get Rid of discriminatory pricing.
No "Media Mail".
No "Commercial vs. Retail".

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by: ShortSeller This user has validated their user name.

Sat Aug 15 16:46:54 2020

Gee a price increase right at voting time, who could have predicted that. The recent policy changes to when post offices can send out packages, directives to not scan packages until they reach distribution centers, taking out sorting machines, cutting staff hours, etc are having a very noticeable effect on service and causing a lot of angst with customers.

I though Amazon and China were the villains behind USPS losses yet it is the small businesses and public who are being hit here?  

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by: FeelingFroggy This user has validated their user name.

Sat Aug 15 18:36:26 2020

Same box 3 lbs to zip 90201 LICK AND STICK YOUR OWN STAMPS 26.90

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