I was just reading about the US postal rate increase and was asked how this affected us. Since we do most of our shipping via the USPS, it certainly has an impact on us. However, it’s not as bad as we first thought it might be.
Besides the fact that our local post office is “out of” 2nd ounce stamps, which for the life of me I can’t understand. This rate increase has been expected for several weeks…this is a small town, surely they didn’t “run out”. I don’t know where the problem lies, but nonetheless it’s a pain to have to use a 5 cent, 10 cent & 2 cent stamp instead of just one 17 cent stamp.
The rates on our Paper Illusion sample packs actually went down. Of course this doesn’t effect the end user since we don’t charge the customer for shipping on those items…and we’re only talking about a 25 cent difference, but still that was a pleasant surprise.
The rates on international shipments went way up, but we’ve stopped shipping internationally for the most part prior to this, so that has no effect on our business.
Unfortunately though, the Priority Mail rates went up and that’s something we often times pass on to our customers (since our selling price is generally pretty low). Not in every case, but in many.
And on a personal level, I’m still operating in the dark ages, paying my bills via snail mail as opposed to online. Which makes no sense, right? I mean, I’m online every day…I should take care of my personal business online too. Maybe I’ll change my ways, sooner than later. After all, that extra 2 cents adds up!