It is that time of the year where USPS (United States Post Service) puts up their Priority and Express Mail prices. Once again they claim the rise is only 2.5%, but like they have done for the last few years this varies across the shipping weights. Being very sneaky they have increased the weights that people actually use (under 10 lbs) by around 5% and increased the prices of the weights that nobody uses (40+ lbs) by 1%. Average these two out and suddenly they get their 2.5% rise. If they actually provided an increase on the basis of packages shipped then the rise would be more like 4.75%!
So what does this mean for most of my customers? Actually very little since so few packages are shipped by either Priority or Express mail. Around 98% of all packages are shipped either via First Class Air Mail (economy) or via UPS courier (express). It was a rare package that was cheaper to ship via priority or express mail and with these price rises it will be even rarer.
We have updated all the internal prices so all quotes and final balances will be correct, but I have yet to update the shipping cost calculator. I hope to do this in the next few days – when I do I will post an update.