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Old 01-14-2013, 11:29 AM   #1
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PSA-Postal prices are going up drastically Jan. 27

Just a friendly PSA, but postal prices are going to take a jump on January 27th.

International prices are rising rather drastically, IMO. First class international for 1-2 ounces will now start out at $6.55, even to Canada!

http://about.usps.com/postal-bulleti...2/html/kit.htm

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First-Class Package International Service
Effective January 27, 2013, the Postal Service is transferring First-Class Mail International packages and rolls from the market dominant (Mailing Services) product list to the competitive (Shipping Services) product list and renaming it First-Class Package International Service™ (FCPIS). The same mailing requirements such as price groups, maximum value, and weight limits apply.
The pricing structure for FCPIS will be more simplified in that there will be one price of $6.55 for 1- to 2-ounces to anywhere in the world; 3- to 4-ounces within each country price group will have identical prices; and 5- to 8-ounces within each country group will have identical prices. New for January 2013, free electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation International offers scan events for customers using select software or online tools. E-USPS DELCON INTL is optionally provided for First-Class Package International Service to select destinations. It will be available only to Canada to start with.
ETA: This spreadsheet is pretty helpful in putting the international cost in black and white. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...rNWstRUE#gid=0
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Awesome They do so much they absolutely should raise prices, they deserve it after all. I have never seen such consistency in losing my packages and the level of not giving a damn what so ever has never faltered. I know I can always count on them to have no idea what is going on and the way they act as if me expecting them to do their job causes physical pain so the only thing to do is be a snotty as possible, well who doesn't love that? But my favorite reason they need a raise is that they have to work from 9 to 4 5 days a week and they only get an hour and a half for lunch seriously when will the abuse stop??? But they are so brave they only complain about how long the hours are 5 days a week from 9 to 4 5 days a week. They probably even complain over lunch, THAT is the level of dedication that have!! Who wouldn't want to pay extra for that kind of service?
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Old 01-14-2013, 02:13 PM   #3
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Awesome They do so much they absolutely should raise prices, they deserve it after all. I have never seen such consistency in losing my packages and the level of not giving a damn what so ever has never faltered. I know I can always count on them to have no idea what is going on and the way they act as if me expecting them to do their job causes physical pain so the only thing to do is be a snotty as possible, well who doesn't love that? But my favorite reason they need a raise is that they have to work from 9 to 4 5 days a week and they only get an hour and a half for lunch seriously when will the abuse stop??? But they are so brave they only complain about how long the hours are 5 days a week from 9 to 4 5 days a week. They probably even complain over lunch, THAT is the level of dedication that have!! Who wouldn't want to pay extra for that kind of service?
I get consistently bad, rude and unreliable service from USPS so I do have a problem with prices going up. On the other hand, I know that it isn't *that* much and it will benefit people like employees at the one PO I do like and the two mail carriers we sometimes have that are so friendly to me.
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I get consistently bad, rude and unreliable service from USPS so I do have a problem with prices going up. On the other hand, I know that it isn't *that* much and it will benefit people like employees at the one PO I do like and the two mail carriers we sometimes have that are so friendly to me.
Will it? From what I understood the increase is to fund the huge deficit they have not to raise employee salaries. I guess in a way it does help because if the post office goes bankrupt they will all lose their jobs. But from what was explained it was to cover gas and operating expenses not related to employees.
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Will it? From what I understood the increase is to fund the huge deficit they have not to raise employee salaries. I guess in a way it does help because if the post office goes bankrupt they will all lose their jobs. But from what was explained it was to cover gas and operating expenses not related to employees.
Well, I was thinking they wouldn't lose their jobs.
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Well, I was thinking they wouldn't lose their jobs.
Employment is always very helpful.
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Awesome They do so much they absolutely should raise prices, they deserve it after all. I have never seen such consistency in losing my packages and the level of not giving a damn what so ever has never faltered. I know I can always count on them to have no idea what is going on and the way they act as if me expecting them to do their job causes physical pain so the only thing to do is be a snotty as possible, well who doesn't love that? But my favorite reason they need a raise is that they have to work from 9 to 4 5 days a week and they only get an hour and a half for lunch seriously when will the abuse stop??? But they are so brave they only complain about how long the hours are 5 days a week from 9 to 4 5 days a week. They probably even complain over lunch, THAT is the level of dedication that have!! Who wouldn't want to pay extra for that kind of service?
I used to work for the Postal Service....12 hours a day, six days a week. I cared for my customers and I know very well that my coworkers did as well. I'm sorry you've had such a poor experience. I believe they do deserve a raise. Gas prices are Astronomical, and I'm surprised they haven't done it sooner as it would've made fiscal sense.
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Awesome They do so much they absolutely should raise prices, they deserve it after all. I have never seen such consistency in losing my packages and the level of not giving a damn what so ever has never faltered. I know I can always count on them to have no idea what is going on and the way they act as if me expecting them to do their job causes physical pain so the only thing to do is be a snotty as possible, well who doesn't love that? But my favorite reason they need a raise is that they have to work from 9 to 4 5 days a week and they only get an hour and a half for lunch seriously when will the abuse stop??? But they are so brave they only complain about how long the hours are 5 days a week from 9 to 4 5 days a week. They probably even complain over lunch, THAT is the level of dedication that have!! Who wouldn't want to pay extra for that kind of service?

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Re: PSA-Postal prices are going up drastically Jan. 27

That is a crazy increase in international. I can understand some increase but really that's going to make selling internationally more difficult especially for small business owners. I really dislike that.
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Re: PSA-Postal prices are going up drastically Jan. 27

I actually have a perfectly lovely post office and have had great service, so I don't begrudge prices going up. I have no idea why they deliver priority mail supplies for free, either, I just assume that I am getting a free gift of at least 50 cents everytime I mail something priority because I didn't have to pay for the envelope or box, plus they pick it up from my doorstep when I print a label online.

I kinda love the post office. When I had a package lost the manager of my local post office called me every week for three weeks with updates on how he was looking for it. IMO that's pretty awesome service.
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