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|Thu Feb 25 2016 10:28:20|
Amazon Unexpectedly Hikes USPS Shipping Rates on Wednesday
By: Ina Steiner
Amazon sellers encountered higher rates for certain USPS shipping services on Wednesday with no advance warning. Amazon raised the cost of shipping Priority Mail packages yesterday for merchants using its online postage printing feature.
The US Postal Service had raised rates last month effective January 17. But Amazon sellers were initially greeted with a message
that said "for the time being," Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express rates would remain at 2015 levels.
It appeared to be against USPS rules to make such statements, and the message quickly disappeared, but the lower rates for Priority Mail and PME remained until yesterday. The lower Amazon rates had meant that some sellers disabled their Stamps.com accounts when printing PM labels on Amazon.
In response to our inquiry, Amazon spokesperson Erik Fairleigh told EcommerceBytes, "Carrier rates available to sellers in Seller Central change from time to time. Please check Seller Central for the updated rates. We will continue to work with carriers providing shipping services to sellers to provide competitive rates."
It would seem Stamps.com customers - especially those selling on multiple channels - may now go back to linking their accounts with Amazon for all USPS shipping services.