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April 2011 USPS Rate Changes

Go To Great Panes, Kathryn Maloney ©2011
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USPS First Class rates changed this week–if you are feeling overwhelmed by the change, perhaps this will help.

If you are shipping domestic via First Class, there’s good news, there’s bad news, and then there’s more good news.

The good news: Shipping packages that weigh 3 oz or less is easier now.
The bad news: Packages that are 1 or 2 oz pay the same shipping rate as 3 oz packages.

So all First Class parcels up to 3 oz to US destinations will cost you the same amount.

More good news …for folks using Paypal for shipping:

We are now getting commercial rates instead of retail rates!
(More on what that means below–see charts.)

So if the mandatory 19-cent Delivery Confirmation (DC) on Domestic First Class packages has put you off, there’s no longer a reason to avoid using Paypal labels. (I hear the same is true for Endicia shipping, I don’t know about Stamps.com.)

The cost of commercial First Class Mail is 15 cents less than retail First Class Mail (for domestic packages), so it neutralizes of nearly the entire 19 cents that Paypal charges for DC on First Class Mail. (DC is free on Priority & faster services when you pay online.)

Charts for the new First Class Parcel rates
(April 2011) to help simplify things:

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Here you can see the domestic First Class Parcel retail rates (what you pay when you just use stamps or pay at the post office), the commercial rates and what the commercial rate plus the 19¢ DC comes to:

Domestic Shipping Rates

For International First Class, curiously they have changed it so that all 1 oz packages are the same rate–even ones going to N. American destinations which used to be less expensive.

Heavier than 1 oz packages are back to normal though–with parcels to N. American destinations being less expensive, and packages traveling anywhere outside N. America all being within $1 of each other, so at least setting up your International First Class rates is still easy.


See all the rates in charts right on the USPS website yourself here:
First Class Domestic: usps.com/ship/first-class.htm
First Class International: usps.com/ship/first-class-international.htm

or download them as a PDF file here:
http://pe.usps.com/cpim/ftp/manuals/dmm300/Notice123.pdf


For more shipping tips see our main “Shipping” page–see the gold links on the right or click here:
Shipping Basics

Go To Great Panes, Kathryn Maloney ©2011
This post is copyrighted–you do not have permission to repost this content elsewhere but you are welcome to link to it if you’d like to share the information.


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