USPS Postage Updates 2016 Part 3

USPS Postage Updates 2016 Part 3

Effective January 17, 2016 the new postage rates are in effect.

eBay sellers hopefully you have started editing your listings and calculating what impact the new postage rates mean for you. If you use calculated shipping rates in your listings, you really have nothing to do, unless you want to change some of your lighter weight items that are between 13 ounces and 15.99 ounces to first class. This will save the buyer money on the shipping over the previous Priority Shipping. What this means for me because I plan on using the new first class rates even on free shipping items, is that I am re-weighing my items to be sure which items fit in this category. I will also offer an upgrade to Priority that the buyer pays for.

If you have free shipping, you may need to add the increase in postage to your price. Remember the object of selling on eBay is to make money. With the new pricing, you'll find the additional postage cutting into your profit.

Don't forget about FedEx and UPS. Even though they use dimensional weights, there are times when they may be less expensive than USPS for your shipping needs. Always make the comparison between all available shipping carriers.

Parcel Select versus Priority

It still seems even more evident that with the new pricing structure that shipping Priority is actually cheaper than Parcel Select IF you print your labels through eBay. If you are a Top Rated Seller (TRS) this is even a more noticeable difference. As a TRS you will be paying the Commercial Plus Rates.  If you are still working on becoming a TRS, you will pay the Commercial Base Price.  If you use Stamps the rate you receive will be the Commercial Base Pricing. Be sure and check your postage provider to be sure they offer the Commercial Base Pricing. If they don't or if you go directly to USPS to print your labels, you will be paying the Retail Rates.

Below is the Parcel Select Rate Chart. You can see for yourself the higher prices and because it is parcel select, it will always take longer for the package to reach the customer, many times up to 9 or 10 days.

Parcel Select

Weight Not Over (Lbs) 1 & 2 Zone 3 Zone 4 Zone 5 Zone 6 Zone 7 Zone 8 Zone 9
1 5.95 6.10 6.15 6.20 6.28 6.57 7.11 7.11
2 6.12 6.26 6.72 8.26 9.04 10.28 11.42 11.42
3 6.31 7.35 8.46 9.97 11.74 13.28 15.50 15.50
4 6.78 7.98 8.91 10.61 13.32 15.09 17.04 17.04
5 7.46 8.06 9.26 11.21 15.17 17.36 19.76 19.76
6 7.55 8.10 9.38 12.06 17.03 19.80 22.64 22.64
7 7.63 8.14 9.50 12.94 18.86 22.33 25.43 25.43
8 7.92 8.66 9.74 13.59 20.74 24.58 28.56 28.56
9 8.42 8.87 9.89 14.37 22.56 26.63 31.77 31.77
10 8.69 9.07 10.04 15.22 24.38 29.28 34.55 34.55
11 9.00 9.27 10.13 15.88 26.16 31.87 37.44 37.44
12 9.22 9.56 10.23 16.76 28.53 34.46 40.14 40.14
13 9.44 9.79 10.35 17.65 30.64 35.86 41.57 41.57
14 9.60 10.05 10.46 18.36 32.36 37.88 43.64 43.64
15 9.73 10.36 10.57 18.73 33.61 38.59 44.80 44.80
16 10.26 10.89 11.04 19.23 35.52 40.75 47.26 47.26
17 10.34 11.24 11.28 19.73 37.33 42.88 49.75 49.75
18 10.46 11.38 11.60 20.23 39.30 45.00 52.26 52.26
19 10.58 11.77 12.00 20.73 41.07 47.11 54.75 54.75
20 10.77 12.15 12.41 21.23 42.12 48.86 57.28 57.28

 

For easy comparson below is the Prioirty (both Commercial Base and Commercial Plus) so you can see for yourself the difference.

Priority Rates

Non-eTRS Rates (Priority Mail Commercial Base)

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

 

Priority Rates 

eTRS Rates (Priority Mail Commercial Plus)

 

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 6.14 6.42 6.95 9.47
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