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Pay attention to USPS price increases

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by skeet_man, Jan 28, 2013.

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  1. skeet_man

    skeet_man Well-Known Member

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    Just a heads up, pay close attention to the new USPS price increases. Yea, stamps only went up a penny, but package services, particularly Parcel Post, went up A LOT!

    Priority mail went up between 6 and 9%

    Parcel Select (which is what Parcel Post became if you buy your postage online) went up 9%

    Standard Post (which is what Parcel Post became if you buy your postage at the post office) went up 21%!!!

    I already got boned for $6 on a Priority Mail International Small Flat rate, it was $17.95 when I quoted it last week, it's now $23.95 (an over 30% increase).

    More info here if you are so inclined: http://about.usps.com/postal-bulletin/2012/pb22352/html/kit.htm

    Two packages that would have normally gone Parcel Post ended up going Fedex Ground today since its now cheaper (Parcel Post for these packages is now MORE expensive than the Priority Mail Medium flat rate was last week).

    From what I can tell, Fedex Ground will now be the cheapest alternative for just about all packages except those that can go First Class (13oz and under). I do quite a bit of business with USPS, but it appears Fedex will be getting a larger portion of my money now.
     
  2. skeet_man

    skeet_man Well-Known Member

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    Only true for handguns, which can only be sent UPS or Fedex by a private party, and they must be sent overnight.

    Long guns can be sent through any carrier (except DHL) at any service level by any person as long as they are being shipped to a licensed dealer, or to themselves, or to a private party within their own state as long as state law doesn't prohibit it.

    A licensed dealer can use any service level at USPS though to ship handguns, so in most cases its cheaper to take your handgun to a dealer, and have him ship it for you ($10 shipping plus $20ish for your dealer to process is cheaper than overnight).
     
  3. Stl Flyn

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    I think you should go deliver, everything you have to deliver yourself. Then when you look at what the cost is for someone else to do it for you, it won't seem so expensive. LOL

    I know you are stating the fact that it is cheaper to send your freight in other means, but the political undertone of the thread is obvious. Damn government run post office! I think there will be increases in the others as well, once everyone starts shipping through the other means, and gets them reeled in. Just give it a little time.
     
  4. cubancigar2000

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    I mailed a large flatrate box yesterday and the cost was $16.85
     
  5. skeet_man

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    Stl Flyn- No political undertone whatsoever, simply stating the facts.

    Whichever carrier is the cheapest for the service level I desire is the one that gets my money. It was typically USPS, now it appears it will be Fedex. Most of my packages went Fedex ANYWAYS, its just now more will be. The only time USPS WAS cheaper was if you could cram what you wanted to ship into a flat rate box, or you were shipping a short distance. Anything heavy, expensive (insurance) or traveling a long distance went Fedex.

    When I was shipping a couple small packages (padded envelopes) at USPS after the increase, I was talking to the lady behind the counter about how it looks like I'll be sending more Fedex because of the increase because fedex was cheaper, and she said "You have to, its just good business".

    I have a good repore with the lady @ Fedex, and the 3 ladies @ USPS, and both are about equidistant from my house, so it doesn't make any sense NOT to go with whatever is cheapest.

    I VERY rarely ship UPS, except for prepaid returns and when shipping recipient or third party billing (I can't remember the last time I PAID to ship something through UPS), simply because they are always the most expensive. I guess there's a political undertone to that as well....??
     
  6. Stl Flyn

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    Sorry, did not mean it to be an accusation. Should have included the word "Seems", just because of the past threads about the USPS. Though I think other increases are going to happen shortly.
     
  7. postmastertim

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    Here's an interesting comaprison of rates from Entrepreneur.com.

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  8. Johnny

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    The US postal service is still a bargain. Imagine what you would pay if it wasn't a socialist program.
     
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    Ya, they had a price increase but they are still my #1 way to ship. Fed ex and UPS are not even close when it comes to convenience when you have an account. USPS picks up at my work place and will do home pick ups. Very easy and simple. The UPS store by me and the Fed ex store - they are not the easiest to deal with. Mike
     
  10. skeet_man

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    Here's a comparison from the shipments I made the other day:

    4lb from 14623 to 65571, insured for $300- Fedex price $13.75 (total price, Fedex Ground) USPS price $15.50 (Standard Post) USPS 13% higher.

    4lb from 14623 to 32606, insured for $300- Fedex price $14.61 (total price, Fedex Home Delivery) USPS price $15.50 (Standard Post) USPS 6% higher.

    Either could have gone in a Priority Mail Medium flat rate, which would have cost $16.40 (paid online) or $17.45 (paid at post office).

    So I surmise is that unless the package is pretty light and/or pretty close, USPS won't be the cheapest.

    And based on the charts above, if the item is being delivered to a commercial address (no residential surcharge), USPS might be more expensive for close and light items as well.

    It all depends on the weight of the package, how far its going, and how much you're insuring it for. I won't stop shipping with USPS, but will only ship with them when it makes sense for me financially. I'm pretty blessed that I live 6 minutes from a Fedex hub, about 10 from one of two post offices, and about 12 from UPS hub.

    My intent of the post was just to warn people who, like myself, had become accustomed to USPS Parcel Post being the "value" method of shipment. The big shock was the 30% increase on USPS flat rate international that I mentioned above.

    Also, I ship all of my USPS stuff with Paypal shipping. They won't have Parcel Select online until March, so if I want to send a package and not pay for Priority, I'll have to wait until I get to the PO to purchase my postage, which is MUCH more inconvenient than doing it from home. Or I can print a Fedex label at home and drop it at the depot.

    Maybe prices will come down a bit again when Parcel Select is back on line, and I can use its prices rather than the Standard Post prices. For some unknown reason, the only way you can buy Parcel Select is if you use a online shipping service like Endica or Stamps.com (or in my case, Paypal). I don't have a clue why USPS doesn't have a provision for that, and First Class packages available on their website.
     
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