2013 Shipping Increases

Posted January 24 2013

image of our California postcard available in The Paper Cub shop

I felt it necessary to write a post about the USPS postal increases set to take place here on the 27th of January. While the price of a stamp and most domestic bound rates are only going up slightly, First Class International packages, now called Package Service, will be seeing the biggest increase. And it's a big jump with 100% or more in some cases. This really bums me out because it will now cost more than the price of an item, in some cases, to ship it. Take our greeting cards, for example, it used to cost $4.56 to ship a card to the UK and Australia. We package them in flat rigid mailers with reinforcement, which makes them over .25" thick and is thus considered a "package". If we were to chuck it in a flat envelope that card would no doubt get damaged and bent. Now that same card weighing in at just 3 oz will cost $8.88 to ship. Insane, yes, but these are the times we live in. I just wanted to make sure that I gave all of you a fair warning. You've still got a few days to get your orders in before the prices skyrocket! More info here at the USPS site but it is vague at best. Etsy has put out a nice, readable chart with side by side comparisons of some of the new prices here although it only gives certain prices as examples. I will release more info when the prices go live so check the policies page for the new rates on the 27th.