USPS has increased their shipping prices on Express and Priority Mail by 6% to 35%! The increases seem to be larger with the big packages. This together with the drop in the A$ makes ordering from the USA not such a bargain anymore
On a more positive note my partner has been able to obtain quite a good rate from FedEx which allows him to ship large items (like skis and snowboards, etc) for around the same price per lb as it would cost to ship via USPS (that is if they shipped such large items). The only problem with FedEx is the cost varies by where you live in Australia so it is hard to give exact prices on the shipping, but I hope to have a range list up soon.