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Schogun Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2022 5:49 a.m. PST

Forever stamps increasing in price in July. Package prices to follow.

I was looking at a new boxed game shipping from England. The company is charging £12.50 GBP = approx $15. USD Try shipping this same game **within the US** for less than $20. USD

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP14 May 2022 6:49 a.m. PST

Gas is $4 USD/gallon. USPS one of the largest consumers of gas. Everything is going up…

Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2022 7:15 a.m. PST

I'm temporarily giving up selling stuff on the Marketplace. Too much of what I sell is $20 USD or less, and a small package costs $8.95 USD to ship in the US. Maybe if I decide to sell off a large group of figures . . .


Londonplod14 May 2022 7:32 a.m. PST

Four dollars a gallon!!!!

Count yourself lucky,here in the UK it is the equivalent of $16 USD a gallon and rapidly climbing.

Greg G114 May 2022 8:22 a.m. PST

Blimey Londonplod where are you getting your petrol Harrods? I'm paying £1.80 GBP per litre for diesel = £8.10 GBP per gallon or US$9.93. I live in North Essex.

Garand14 May 2022 9:26 a.m. PST

Could be worse. I have to use a mule service to import 100% of my stuff. Excluding shipping to get it to the warehouse, it's $11 USD for the first pound, $16 USD for two pounds, & goes up from there. Add on another $9 USD & I'm already at $20 USD for a bunch of figures. There are upsides to living outside the US, but mail order is one of the downsides.


Personal logo aegiscg47 Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2022 9:53 a.m. PST

On the CSW forums this week GMT was pointing out the postal rate charts that flat rate boxed games going to the east coast were $22 USD and not the $16 USD that is usually advertised. With the cost of diesel through the roof right now and rationing/shortages expected in the next few weeks or months, it will shocking if any game stuff gets delivered at all.

emckinney14 May 2022 10:49 a.m. PST

$5 USD-6 dollars per gallon here. However, we're paying for summer blend fuel to control smog. Given almost no rain to wash out the air over the winter, smog is already terrible and we'll likely have very elevated death rates from the pollution this summer. No summer blend would cause even more hospitalizations and deaths.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2022 12:11 p.m. PST

Yeah, I remember all this from the last time in the 70's and 80's. The period where they stop the inflation has all the joys of going off a drug cold turkey, too, and you have that to look forward to. But for wargaming:

1) Take another look at the FLGS--or Amazon. Neither are paying to ship individual items thousands of miles.
2) Larger single orders usually help on P&H.
3) Sell small cheap items in flea markets--and only if you were planning to go to the convention anyway.
4) Ship heavy stuff USPS. Flat-rate boxes don't have weight limits. Bulky and light-weight goes in BIG regular boxes. Sell bulky, heavy and cheap to gaming buddies. Or keep. Or bin.
5) Reorganize and live on your fat. Costs next to nothing to assemble or paint what you already have on hand, or to consolidate projects. These are the times your strategic lead reserve is for.

JMcCarroll14 May 2022 3:06 p.m. PST

"5) Reorganize and live on your fat. Costs next to nothing to assemble or paint what you already have on hand, or to consolidate projects. These are the times your strategic lead reserve is for."

But they are not new or shinny!

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2022 3:50 p.m. PST

They are if you've forgotten them, JmcC--and if you give them a good gloss coat when you're finished.

There are days, looking at the mad scramble for new periods and scales, I'd say the primary purpose of miniature warfare is to absorb surplus money. Well, there is now less of it.

machinehead14 May 2022 4:40 p.m. PST

Being retired has its perks, a tank of gas lasts me about 2 months. :)

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2022 6:33 a.m. PST

I think it was a bad idea to move from the Pony express…..

Personal logo BrigadeGames Sponsoring Member of TMP15 May 2022 7:51 a.m. PST

USPS Flat rate boxes have a limit when used domestically of 70 pounds, except a small flat rate. 20 pounds internationally on the larger sizes.

Go to the post with a small box say 6 ounces. It will be about $4 USD-4.50 to ship it without including the cost of the box.

Rates go up every year no matter the service.

greenknight4 Sponsoring Member of TMP16 May 2022 5:04 a.m. PST

I live in Southern NH (USA) and for a part time job I drive people to Logan Airport and back (120miles round trip). Often twice a day. Gas today was $4.35 USD and climbing. I have to pass it on to my clients.

Volleyfire17 May 2022 4:15 a.m. PST

We need to bear in mind that for every Imperial measured gallon we have over here your US gallon is 1.2 gallons to our 1. So for every 5 gallons you effectively get one free over us if we compare prices on a straight per gallon basis. That also makes ours even more expensive

Tumbleweed Supporting Member of TMP18 May 2022 2:31 p.m. PST

Here in Richmond, Virginia we are currently paying $4.50 USD a gallon.

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