January 2019 USPS Rate Hike

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January 2019 USPS Rate Hike

Postby natsb88 » Wed Nov 14, 2018

Yesterday the Postal Regulatory Commission approved the proposed 2019 rate changes. The new rates start 1/27/19.

Select Market Dominant First-Class Mail rates will change as follows:

Product - Old Rate - New Rate

Forever Stamp - 50 cents - 55 cents
Metered Letter - 47 cents - 50 cents
Additional Ounce - 21 cents - 15 cents

Select Competitive Product rates affected by the rate adjustment include:

Product: Priority Mail - Old Rate - New Rate

Retail Small Flat Rate Box - $7.20 - $7.90
Retail Medium Retail Flat Rate Box - $13.65 - $14.35
Retail Large Flat Rate Box - $18.90 - $19.95
Retail Large Flat Rate Box APO/FPO/DPO - $17.40 - $18.45
Retail Regular Flat Rate Envelope - $6.70 - $7.35
Retail Legal Size Flat Rate Envelopes - $7.00 - $7.65
Retail Padded Flat Rate Envelopes - $7.25 - $8.00

https://www.prc.gov/press-releases/prc- ... ducts/4536


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Re: January 2019 USPS Rate Hike

Postby AGhead » Wed Nov 14, 2018

...or forever stamps :shifty:
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Re: January 2019 USPS Rate Hike

Postby BotanicusRex » Wed Nov 14, 2018

Wow, I'm sure glad to see that. We just hit day 5 of the past 6 mail days in which we didn't get a mail delivery. With the extra revenue they'll no doubt now be able to hire management who don't have their thumbs permanently glued up their asses.
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Re: January 2019 USPS Rate Hike

Postby everything » Fri Nov 16, 2018

They need to double their rates and milk us for all we are worth, they're going to anyway, until customers leave enmass, THEN go bankrupt, and just subsidize/fund the place that takes it over until they are off the ground. Just get rid of it.

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Re: January 2019 USPS Rate Hike

Postby Brick's » Fri Nov 16, 2018

It's a 2.85% increase per year since 2007 for the 1st class stamp. The official inflation fate for the same time period is 1.83%. The current inflation rate for the United States is 2.5% for the 12 months ended October 2018, as published on November 14, 2018 by the U.S. Labor Department.

But it's the government numbers, so perhaps the 2.85% increase is a little bit closer to the truth?

The October 2018 ShadowStats Alternate CPI (1980 Base) rose year-to-year by 10.3%

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Re: January 2019 USPS Rate Hike

Postby natsb88 » Mon Nov 19, 2018

First Class Package is moving to zone-based rates :|

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Re: January 2019 USPS Rate Hike

Postby Rodebaugh » Mon Jan 28, 2019

Anyone see a zone map yet?

I guess I will just use the online postage calculator for every single first class parcel. :double facepalm:

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Re: January 2019 USPS Rate Hike

Postby natsb88 » Mon Jan 28, 2019

Rodebaugh wrote:Anyone see a zone map yet?

I guess I will just use the online postage calculator for every single first class parcel. :double facepalm:


Enter the first three digits of your zip code and this will tell you zones by zip code range.

https://postcalc.usps.com/DomesticZoneChart

No maps that I know of. Endicia used to have a map generator but it doesn't seem to work any more.

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Re: January 2019 USPS Rate Hike

Postby jcz1 » Thu Jan 31, 2019

I just had my first ebay shipments to far-away zones. The 4-ounce price used to be $2.66 but these are now $3.09 - a 16% increase. :shock:

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Re: January 2019 USPS Rate Hike

Postby Rik Bitter » Thu Jan 31, 2019

jcz1 wrote:I just had my first ebay shipments to far-away zones. The 4-ounce price used to be $2.66 but these are now $3.09 - a 16% increase. :shock:


Yeah. This new zone thing sucks. I have all my small parts set up for flat rate first class shipping. (no extra charge for additional items) I need to see how the ebay flat rate will work with all these zones. :thumbdown:
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Re: January 2019 USPS Rate Hike

Postby bigjohn » Thu Jan 31, 2019

jcz1 wrote:I just had my first ebay shipments to far-away zones. The 4-ounce price used to be $2.66 but these are now $3.09 - a 16% increase. :shock:

I hear ya. Already shipped out a few. One package had a 30% increase because of the zone (5oz to zone 8 went from $2.79 to $3.63), blew my socks off. Really sucks. Add the tax thing on the top to really piss people off. I have a feeling eBay sales will drop significantly in Q1 so look for LOTS of ebux offers and coupons soon
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Re: January 2019 USPS Rate Hike

Postby Shortstack McAygee » Thu Jan 31, 2019

If you think this is bad, you should check out the rates of UPS & FedEx. :shock:
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Re: January 2019 USPS Rate Hike

Postby grantwoodisgold » Thu Jan 31, 2019

my local costco is still selling forever stamps for $0.4975 in 100 packs until Feb 2 or sold out
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Re: January 2019 USPS Rate Hike

Postby lucky43113 » Fri Feb 01, 2019

I use paypal for shipping saves 20% off retail
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