Understanding the 2016 Postage Increase Part 2

Understanding the 2016 Postage Increase Part 2

Are you ready for the Postage Increase On January 17th eBay Sellers?

In Part 1 I covered the first class postage changes. Moving right along, this post will cover the domestic Priority Changes that go into effect on Sunday.

Thanks to the eBay for Business Facebook, Nate Heyward, eBay's Senior Manager of Carrier Relationships and Audrey Cox Tracy for being available to answer the multitude of questions about how the USPS rate change will impact eBay sellers. You can read "Savings From The US Postal Service" and learn exactly what eBay has worked out for its sellers.

I definitely suggest you take a look at your listings and plan your strategy going forward with these updates. Your buyer doesn't want to spend more and neither do you. I wouldn't put this off too long, unless you have all calculated shipping. Even if you use calculated for all of your items, you want to take a look and compare the larger sized items that are heavier. These are some changes that can save you from a distaster. For example if you have a heavy, bulky item and it is going across the country, it may make more sense to offer FedEx and UPS in addition to USPS to save a sale and keep a happy customer.

It was confirmed by Nate Heyward that the automatic insurance will stay the same for Priority (Domestic) Mail. It will remain at $50 for non-eTRS and $100.00 for eTRS.

Priority Mail (Domestic)

The table below shows the Flat Rate Pricing effective on January 17, 2016 for Domestic Shipments. You want to become familiar with these prices so you can go in and edit your listings. The last thing any seller wants is to cut into profits to pay extra postage.

Package Size
Non-eTRS (Commercial Base)
eTRS (Commercial Plus)
Flat Rate Envelope

$5.75

$5.60

Legal Flat Rate Envelope

$5.75

$5.60

Padded Flat Rate Envelope

$6.10

$5.90

Small Flat Rate Box

$6.10

$5.90

Medium Flat Rate Box

$11.95

$11.60

Large Flat Rate Box

$16.35

$15.85

 

This table shows the Regional Rate Boxes (Domestic) Increase Per Zone

Weight
(lbs.)     
Zones
1 & 2
Zone
3
Zone
4
Zone
5
Zone
6
Zone
7
Zone
8
Zone
9
Box A $0.69 $0.71 $0.76 $0.60 $0.66 $0.72 $0.80 $2.99
Box B $0.55 $0.65 $0.65 No Change No Change $0.72 $0.80 $4.88
Box C
Discontinued effective January 17, 2016

 

Priority Rates (Domestic) Up to 5 pounds and Zone 4

The reason I chose to post this table is, as you can see, the higher the weight and the further the zone, the more the increase in the rates. Above these I think that Flat Rate or Regional Rate is going to become the go to shipping method. Of course you always want to check the other carriers, FedEx and UPS. Depending on the dimensions of your packages and the weight, these can actually save you money. Make it a habit to always compare the different service providers to see where you will get the best rate.

You can download the excel sheets for each class and zone from USPS site here.

Weight
Up to (lbs)
Zones
1 & 2
Zone
3
Zone
4
Change from 2015

0.5

$5.60 $5.77 $5.87

+$1.13

1 $5.60 $5.77 $5.87 +$0.60
2 $5.83 $5.96 $6.40 +$0.66
3 $5.91 $6.88 $7.92 +$2.02
4 $6.51 $7.67 $8.49 +$2.54
5 $7.17 $7.75 $8.74 +$1.94

 

As you can see by the chart below, the prices go up pretty substantially. The full rate chart is available at http://1.usa.gov/1l7sOF4

These are the Priority Commercial Plus Rates (TRS)

Weight Not Over (Lbs)
L, 1 & 2
Zone 3
Zone 4
Zone 5
Zone 6
Zone 7
Zone 8
Zone 9

0.5

5.60 5.77 5.87 6.01 6.14 6.42 6.95 9.47
1 5.60 5.77 5.87 6.01

2

5.83 5.96 6.40 7.91 8.65 9.41 10.44

14.50

3

5.91 6.88 7.92 9.46 11.13 12.03 14.03

19.67

4

6.51 7.67 8.49 10.34 12.97 14.69 16.58 23.68
5 7.17 7.75 8.74 10.92 14.76 16.89 19.22 27.45

6

7.32 7.86 8.79 11.75 16.57 19.25 22.01

31.45

7

7.40 7.89 9.22 12.60 18.34 21.70 24.72

35.31

8

7.68 8.40 9.45 13.23 20.17 23.89 27.75

39.65

9

8.17 8.61 9.59 13.99 21.93 25.88 30.86 44.09
10 8.43 8.80 9.74 14.81 23.70 28.45 33.56

47.94

11 8.73 8.99 9.83 15.45 25.42 30.96 36.36 52.38
12 8.94 9.27 9.92 16.31 27.72 33.48 38.99 56.16
13 9.16 9.49 10.04 17.17 29.77 34.83 40.37 58.16
14 9.31 9.75 10.14 17.86 31.44 36.79 42.38 61.05
15 9.44 10.05 10.26 18.22 32.65 37.48 43.50 62.66
16 9.95 10.56 10.70 18.70 34.50 39.58 45.89 66.11
17 10.03 10.90 10.94 19.19 36.26 41.65 48.31 69.59
18 10.14 11.04 11.25 19.67 38.17 43.69 50.74 73.10
19 10.27 11.42 11.64 20.16 39.89 45.74 53.16 76.56
20 10.45 11.78 12.04 20.64 40.90 47.44

55.61

80.10

 

These are the Commercial Base Prices (non-TRS)

 

Zones
Weight Not Over (Lbs) L, 1 & 2 Zone 3 Zone 4 Zone 5 Zone 6 Zone 7 Zone 8 Zone 9
1 5.75 5.95 6.05 6.20 6.33 6.62 7.16 9.76
2 6.01 6.15 6.60 8.15 8.92 9.70 10.77 14.95
3 6.09 7.09 8.17 9.75 11.47 12.40 14.47 20.28
4 6.71 7.90 8.75 10.66 13.37 15.14 17.09 24.41
5 7.39 7.99 9.01 11.26 15.22 17.41 19.81 28.30
6 7.55 8.10 9.06 12.11 17.08 19.85 22.69 32.43
7 7.63 8.14 9.50 12.99 18.91 22.38 25.48 36.40
8 7.92 8.66 9.74 13.64 20.79 24.63 28.61 40.88
9 8.42 8.87 9.89 14.42 22.61 26.68 31.82 45.45
10 8.69 9.07 10.04 15.27 24.43 29.33 34.60 49.43
11 9.00 9.27 10.13 15.93 26.21 31.92 37.49 54.00
12 9.22 9.56 10.23 16.81 28.58 34.51 40.19 57.90
13 9.44 9.79 10.35 17.70 30.69 35.91 41.62 59.96
14 9.60 10.05 10.46 18.41 32.41 37.93 43.69 62.94
15 9.73 10.36 10.57 18.78 33.66 38.64 44.85 64.60
16 10.26 10.89 11.04 19.28 35.57 40.80 47.31 68.15
17 10.34 11.24 11.28 19.78 37.38 42.93 49.80 71.74
18 10.46 11.38 11.60 20.28 39.35 45.05 52.31 75.36
19 10.58 11.77 12.00 20.78 41.12 47.16 54.80 78.93
20 10.77 12.15 12.41 21.28 42.17 48.91 57.33 82.58