|Sun Jan 27 2019 11:55:36|
Online Sellers Transition to New 2019 Postal Rates
By: Ina Steiner
The USPS 2019 postal prices are now officially in effect today. But no matter how many postal rate changes online sellers go through, it always seems to be a painful transition.
A typical question was posted by an eBay seller on the discussion boards on Saturday afternoon, "If something sells today and you don't print the shipping label until Monday will you have to pay the new rate? The buyer has paid postage based on the old rates."
Sellers continued discussing the changes on industry boards today, here's a sampling of eBay and Etsy threads:
Not only is it generally more expensive to ship packages with the January 27, 2019 update, it's also more complex. Stamps.com published this guide
to help sellers make sense of the changes (look for the invaluable "When to use" tips next to each type of service), and you can find our guide
published when the new rates were announced in October.
Let us know if you encounter any issues, or if it's smooth shipping!
Update 1/27/19: Save The Post Office published a post today written by self-professed postal watchdog Douglas Carlson who is appealing the Postal Regulatory Commission's approval of the postal changes. Note that his appeal was impacted by the government shutdown, read more on the SavethePostOffice.com website.