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Old 12-24-08, 05:40 PM
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When did USPS shipping costs get so high?

It's be a while since I've since stuff via the USPS, but I was shocked that a small package less than 2 pounds was over $8 to ship across the country via priority (1st class was around $6.60). I guess I'd been used to the old 2 pounds $2.90 rate plan, but I guess that's been over 8 years ago.
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Sounds like someone waited until the day before Christmas to send their packages. Everyone knows UPS/FedEx bump their prices on 12/20.
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Haha. I remember the $2.90 Priority packages. That is olllddd.

Prices go up. But you just can't beat coast-to-coast two day shipping for $5-$10. I'm in AZ. Sometimes a customer will order something small on a Monday afternoon. I take it to the PO around 5PM. They have it with their Wednesday mail - even if it's Arizona to, say, the Northeast.

So, while their prices go up every March (or maybe it's May), they're still very competitive.
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Even with the price increases from time to time, I've always remarked to folks how "cheap" I think it is to send something across the country...from a letter to larger packages. Of course it does help that I never seem to be in a hurry with things I send out, choosing the cheapest method possible. Count me as one impressed with the USPS!


*Disclaimer to add that neither I, nor any family member, work for the USPS.
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I was just so shocked at the price hike, I think I was flustered and asked the clerk twice for both shipping options, thereby coming across as a scatter-brained shipping newb.
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I think that the Post Office is trying to move upscale, from Walmart to Target. The folks are friendlier and more helpful, and they have introduced convenience things like the auto mailing machine (that machine is great), and flat-rate shipping boxes.

All that comes at a price. I don't ship much, except at Christmas, to notice. And I don't mail much either. It used to be mostly bills, and now I pay online. I'll take the convenience for a little higher cost.

Same disclaimer: I don't work for the Post Office, or have family or friends who do.
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I almost fainted when the clerk offered to provide a tracking number for another $0.65. I declined and hoped for the best.
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The most dramatic difference was when they went with a sliding scale for anything over 1lb. on Priority Mail. That's what caused the dramatic difference OP saw.

But yeah I remember 2.90. Hell even under $4 is a distant memory now.
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If you order your shipping label online, they offer a 10% discount. Not a whole lot, but makes a difference if you're shipping a number of items.
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Originally Posted by Patman View Post
It's be a while since I've since stuff via the USPS, but I was shocked that a small package less than 2 pounds was over $8 to ship across the country via priority (1st class was around $6.60). I guess I'd been used to the old 2 pounds $2.90 rate plan, but I guess that's been over 8 years ago.
Isn't anything over 13oz automatically Priority now? So there shouldnt be 2 seperate options for something just under 2 lbs. Unless the $8 was for a flat rate Priority box.
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I guess I don't remember these golden times of USPS pricing. I've sold stuff on eBay quite a bit so I pretty much know what to expect.
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Originally Posted by movieguru View Post
Isn't anything over 13oz automatically Priority now? So there shouldnt be 2 seperate options for something just under 2 lbs. Unless the $8 was for a flat rate Priority box.
It was my own packaging, perhaps the 2nd price was for media mail, then. At the time, I was still just trying to process the $8 price for the small shipment.
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Damn, I was wondering the same thing. It cost me $23 for International Priority to Taiwan this past Saturday. And all I was shipping was the 2-disc The Dark Knight dvd. Friggin postage came out to about the same cost as the dvd itself.
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Originally Posted by movieguru View Post
Isn't anything over 13oz automatically Priority now? So there shouldnt be 2 seperate options for something just under 2 lbs. Unless the $8 was for a flat rate Priority box.
No. You can do parcel post, too. And media mail, of course (if it's actually media, or one is unscrupulous).
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Damn, I was wondering the same thing. It cost me $23 for International Priority to Taiwan this past Saturday. And all I was shipping was the 2-disc The Dark Knight dvd. Friggin postage came out to about the same cost as the dvd itself.
There is also first class international which the post office may not tell you about. Takes forever to get there but priority outside of the US isn't all that quick either.

In most cases, USPS is still cheaper than FedEx or UPS.
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International AirMail is cheaper than International Priority.

I shipped 2 items to Ireland the same day.

1 - Bose Soundsticks - Regular AirMail - Got there in 5 days.
2 - Carbon Fibre Rear Fender thingy for a motorbike, light as a feather, but the box was over the size, so it had to go international Priority, it cost more than to ship the heavy speakers and took 3 days longer.
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Originally Posted by BadlyDrawnBoy View Post
International AirMail is cheaper than International Priority.

I shipped 2 items to Ireland the same day.

1 - Bose Soundsticks - Regular AirMail - Got there in 5 days.
2 - Carbon Fibre Rear Fender thingy for a motorbike, light as a feather, but the box was over the size, so it had to go international Priority, it cost more than to ship the heavy speakers and took 3 days longer.
Yea. But you can do Priority and Express online - so you don't have to wait in line at the PO.

I'd imagine that the delivery methods are the same. The three day delay probably had something to do with customs. Most stuff passes through easily. For instance, they were probably able to spot the origin country on the Bose speakers immediately. However, the fender may or may not even had a make/origin country clearly listed.

If you ever can, it really helps the customs office to put the origin country on the customs form. If you don't, customs needs to open up the package and fill in the blanks.
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I used to sell some model kits on ebay that came in a fairly large box. Once one was packed in the larger mailing box with packing I could send one anywhere in the country for $9 tops. After they started that oversized box rule the shipping jumped to $27-30. I quit selling them figuring nobody would pay the shipping.
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Originally Posted by Patman View Post
It was my own packaging, perhaps the 2nd price was for media mail, then. At the time, I was still just trying to process the $8 price for the small shipment.
media mail is the cheapest, but it's SLOW, followed by parcel post. If it were ebay, then i'd be weary of using media mail because some on ebay want to save a little on shipping but get ticked when it gets so long to get there.

the important thing to remember about priority is that they have zone charges for anything over 1lb. i like to use the flat rate envelope, because it's only $4.75 online, no matter the weight. i shipped something about 5lbs or so inside the flat rate envelope before. and it doesn't have to be flat either, it can be puffy or odd shaped, so long as you can seal the envelope within the normal folds and the envelope hasn't been modified.

if the charge based on weight is over $9.30 online (9.80 in store), then it's cheaper to use the flat rate box. they also have the large flat rate box for a few bux more. if the item is heavy, but fits in to the flat rate box, then you may gain by shipping flat rate.

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    Local Zones	Zone 3	Zone 4	Zone 5	Zone 6	Zone 7	Zone 8
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1	$4.80 	$4.80 	$4.80 	$4.80 	$4.80 	$4.80 	$4.80 
2	4.8	5.05	5.6	6.8	7.2	7.7	8.25
3	5.2	5.95	6.75	8.75	9.55	10.35	11.5
4	5.8	6.8	7.85	10.55	11.6	12.65	14.25
5	6.45	7.75	8.9	12.2	13.45	14.75	16.8
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Cost me $18 to mail a six pound package from CA to MI. Only took three days to arrive though during the height of the winter storms, so can't really complain.
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6lbs would probably be cheaper than $18 to ship via DHL, or even UPS/FedEX. might take slightly longer though.
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Originally Posted by PopcornTreeCt View Post
I guess I don't remember these golden times of USPS pricing. I've sold stuff on eBay quite a bit so I pretty much know what to expect.
Yep, after selling stuff on eBay for 10 years - I'm right there with you!
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Originally Posted by D.Pham00 View Post
media mail is the cheapest, but it's SLOW, followed by parcel post. If it were ebay, then i'd be weary of using media mail because some on ebay want to save a little on shipping but get ticked when it gets so long to get there.
I ship everything media mail, and people seem to be quite pleased with the speed. What's weird is that when I receive things media mail, speed seems to be pretty consistent by shipper, but not across shippers, even when they are in similar locations. Columbia House stuff gets to me very quickly once it ships, while Deep Discount stuff takes forever.
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Originally Posted by movieguru View Post
Isn't anything over 13oz automatically Priority now? So there shouldnt be 2 seperate options for something just under 2 lbs. Unless the $8 was for a flat rate Priority box.
Correct in part. Maximum weight for First Class is 13 oz. However, there is Parcel Post, which is an option for heavier packages. Perhaps this was the lower price the OP was quoted.
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What's funny is that first class mail for a DVD or two is less than media mail.

It's also irritating that priority flat rate boxes have gone from like $3.80 or $4.80 to $8-something (still worth it for mailing to APO addresses though).

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