Price USA to Close from June 1 2018

June 1st, 2018

Dear Customers,

It is with great sadness that after 11 years Price USA will now closed for business as of June 1 2018. My US partners and I will continue to ship orders already placed but we will not take any new orders.

The change to the way GST is applied to goods shipped from overseas makes Price USA unviable. From July 1 companies like mine based in Australia must pay GST on all for goods shipped. Unfortunately, we cannot compete with overseas businesses that will choose to ignore the GST. Australia has no way of forcing overseas companies based overseas to pay Australian GST.

The end result of this change is Australia has lost a business that has paid a large amount of tax and which will now be replaced by a foreign business which pays zero tax and contributes nothing to the Australian economy. This could have been avoided if the Australian government had taken a different approach to resolving the GST threshold, such as taxing the good on entry and allowing the companies to prepay it, rather than only enforce it on those companies with an Australian presence.

This is a very sad day for Price USA and my US partners. We have run for 11 years and have helped more than 50,000 people order items that could not be sourced for a reasonable price in Australia.

My US partner’s and I thank you for all your business and support over the years.


Carolina Tillett

Economy Mail Price Rise 2017

January 28th, 2017

Like clockwork USPS has increased their shipping prices by another 5% from the 22nd January. We hate these price rises, but there is not much we can do about it. lets just hope the A$ continues to improve over the coming months.

UPS Price Rise 2017

January 10th, 2017

Like clockwork UPS has put up their shipping costs again this January by around 5%. It is amazing how their costs go up by 5% every year even when inflation is below 2% (their drivers are not getting 5% raises each year). The new UPS shipping costs are now in our system so all quotes and orders shipped will reflect the higher price.

In more bad new USPS is putting up their prices by about the same amount as of the 22nd January. We will be updating the prices when they come through.

UPS Fuel Surcharge falls to 2.25%

April 15th, 2016

With the dollar up to 77c and the fuel surcharge down to 2.25% it is has not been a better time to order from the USA for almost a year. With the oil price rising of the last month or so this might be the lowest it goes for some time.

UPS Fuel Surcharge Falls to 3.0%

February 2nd, 2016

In much better news the UPS fuel surcharge has fallen to 3%. This is the lowest it has been since I started Price USA (i.e. 2007) – only a few years ago it was over 10%. I wonder how low it can go!

Economy Shipping Price Rises 2016

February 2nd, 2016

The annual price rises for economy shipping (first class mail) have now come through. The rises are not massive (less than 50c on the average economy shipping order) and economy shipping is still very cheap compared to express shipping. As with all our orders, economy shipping is covered by our delivery insurance so you are always protected.

The new costs economy shipping prices have been updated in the shipping cost calculator and the order form.

UPS Price Rises for 2016

December 30th, 2015

UPS has increased their prices as they do every year at this time. The increase is around 5%, but it varies from package to package and also the location. The new prices will be reflected in any package shipped from the 29th December 2015.

The good news is the fuel surcharge should drop on the 3rd Jan and with the oil price being so low it should continue to fall over the coming months.

Christmas 2015

November 23rd, 2015

It is that time of the year again 🙂

It is now too late to place new orders using economy shipping and have them be sure to reach Australia before Christmas. It will still be possible to place orders for Christmas using express shipping (UPS or UPS Fast). Orders placed before the end of November and shipped economy may still reach Australia before Christmas, but it will be hit-and-miss. If you can afford to take the chance, then by all means continue to choose economy shipping, but if you need your order before the 25th then please choose express shipping.

Thanks for the great year.

Suspending Economy + Tracking Mail Option

September 18th, 2015

My US partners and I have reluctantly decided to suspend the economy + tracking shipping option. The tracking is just too unreliable for it to be a viable option for shipping items that need tracking. We still offer economy shipping (first class mail) for customers where the shipping cost is the most important criteria and express (UPS courier) for those customers who need tracking and speed.

UPS Fuel Surcharge Falls to 3.75%

September 9th, 2015

Some good news. The UPS fuel surcharge has fallen to 3.75% from 4.75%. Now only if we could do something about getting the A$ higher.