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Chef Lackey Rich Fezian Inactive Member28 Jan 2013 10:10 a.m. PST

I'd hoped to at least get through the first day of the new US postal rates without grousing, but no – some guy is already asking me for cheaper shipping on the ebay lot he just won. Mind you, anyone can plug in the costs on the USPS site and see that yes, it really does cost $12.75 USD to ship seven ounces first class to Holland these days. I'm not even asking for payment on the cost of the packing materials and still he's asking if there's cheaper "second class" mail. When's the last time they offered that, sometime in the early 90s maybe?

A depressing sign of things to come, I fear.

Personal logo Wolfshanza Supporting Member of TMP28 Jan 2013 10:19 a.m. PST

Yeah, I'm really looking forward to the first overseas shipment :/ I have a feeling it's going to impact my overseas ebay sales .

Personal logo timurilank Supporting Member of TMP28 Jan 2013 10:20 a.m. PST

Tell him from someone who lives in Holland, that rate is the cheaper than if he were to send a package to the US.

Cheers,

Pizzagrenadier28 Jan 2013 10:37 a.m. PST

Yep. Mailed out a bunch of overseas orders flat rate envelopes today and felt the burn on the price.

Ogdenlulimus28 Jan 2013 10:45 a.m. PST

I've opted to close down all shipping outside the USA, tired of being burned by postal rate gallop.

14th Brooklyn Inactive Member28 Jan 2013 10:46 a.m. PST

It certainly is going to stifle my shopping in the US unless I can get someone to carry items along in their carry on luggage.

Regarding second class… I think It was only five or six years ago that surface mail was phased out im the US and that was reasonably cheaper.

And tombe honest… Those prices are rediculous. Depending on the weight bracket I can actually send stuff to the US from Germany for about half the cost or less!

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian28 Jan 2013 11:00 a.m. PST

Guess I missed shipping out stuff before the deadline… frown

Liberators Inactive Member28 Jan 2013 11:16 a.m. PST

Small orders will definitely be impacted but large orders shouldn't be too badly affected. Still, so much for the "I think I'll try a couple packs and see how they look" orders…

In trying to look at the glass half full side, this might cause some balkanization that actually brings back a lost element in the hobby. Remember actually physically discovering a range in a real store? I remember my excitement in discovering Lancashire Games figures on a trip to Europe in 1997…or it actually being worthwhile to drive up from San Diego to Brookhurst to see what exotic manufacturers they carried that I had never seen before (Peter Pig, Xyston and the old B&B Miniatures being just a few ranges I was first exposed to via that venerable brick and mortar).

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member28 Jan 2013 11:20 a.m. PST

So much for balancing our trade deficit.

Chef Lackey Rich Fezian Inactive Member28 Jan 2013 11:36 a.m. PST

Guess I missed shipping out stuff before the deadline…

Yeah, I carried 12 pounds of packages a mile to the post office Saturday morning to dodge the deadline – and I had to borrow $40 USD till the PayPal transfers complete to cover the costs. Loads of fun, especially in this cold.

Personal logo BrigadeGames Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Jan 2013 12:43 p.m. PST

Yep, the increases are out of hand, basically up $4 USD a weight band with the minimum cost being over $6 USD for even a 1 ounce parcel.

sillypoint28 Jan 2013 1:10 p.m. PST

Can't blame buyer for asking for cheaper rates if that was an alternative at all. Can't blame sellers for looking at postage as a loss in their profits. Just the argy-bargy of doing business. I agree with timurilank, compare the cost, in context with posting domestically, I think posting OS is pretty cheap.

Mako11 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member28 Jan 2013 3:02 p.m. PST

Time to check the UPS rates, though I suspect they won't be any cheaper.

Dave Schmid Supporting Member of TMP28 Jan 2013 3:25 p.m. PST

I just got back from the Post Office after mailing some E-Bay packages. Boy was that a shock.

wrgmr128 Jan 2013 4:13 p.m. PST

Yesterday I mailed out 10 horses and riders to California, surface mail, $12.95 USD Cdn;
airmail 15.95 cdn.

This is from Vancouver Canada.
Yikes.

Deadmen tell lies Inactive Member28 Jan 2013 9:18 p.m. PST

Well that means I won't be ordering from the US anymore,
thats to bad…

Regards
James

korsun0 Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2013 12:33 a.m. PST

It sounds like they are doing what all postal services are doing. Aus Post has never been cheap and now it has gone up as well……

Chef Lackey Rich Fezian Inactive Member29 Jan 2013 9:37 a.m. PST

To be fair, they did keep their prices down longer than most national services, and that despite Congress (who ultimately control everything they do) repeatedly refusing to even rule on allowing them to take cost-saving measures like ending Saturday delivery, close underused branch offices, and modify their payment schedule into their pension plan. The USPS gets nothing from tax money, so paying for everything (including funding the future retirement of union workers who haven't even been hired yet) is all on them. Small surprise they wind up having to raise postal rates.

KenofYork29 Jan 2013 12:24 p.m. PST

International sales are a thing of the past for me. There is no way someone is going to pay this much for shipping.

Billiam Inactive Member29 Jan 2013 1:56 p.m. PST

I dunno, just sold (and was paid for) a couple of items to Australia and another to France after the increase, so still must be OK to some. I use eBay's auto shipping calculator, so I don't subsidize the cost.

I also noticed you get a price break on First Class International if you print your postage online. That's new.

Chef Lackey Rich Fezian Inactive Member29 Jan 2013 8:36 p.m. PST

International sales are a thing of the past for me. There is no way someone is going to pay this much for shipping.

A bit overly pessimistic, I think. Like Billiam, I've sold several things to international customers the last few days, and so far only one has complained – and even he was okay with it after I explained that there wasn't really a better option. People will certainly buy less than they used to, but they won't stop altogether. The (very similar) Royal Mail price hike didn't stop me from ordering from GZG and Brigade and CMG, it just reduced the amount I spend on UK companies.

Unrepentant Werewolf at work Inactive Member30 Jan 2013 9:52 a.m. PST

Still going to order from the US, small orders are still cheap enough when you consider they don't always get you for VAT on the small ones.

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