New (NOT improved) Postage rates are coming.

Welcome to 2024. At least they waited a couple weeks to jack everything up.

Did I sleep through the original announcement? It’s possible.

A story on Thomasnet in their summary pages today —

USPS to Raise Prices on Priority, Ground Advantage Shipping

“The starting price for Ground Advantage, which provides delivery within two to five business days to all 50 states, would rise to $5, an increase of 5.4% from the current $4.75. The planned increases follow a previously announced plan to raise prices on first-class stamps, international letters, and both domestic and international postcards.”


Here are the excel and PDF links to view all January 21, 2024 changes

January 2024 Price File - Excel

January 2024 - Notice123 PDF


This USPS page will always have the most current price list links for reference.
USPS Current Price File Downloads

Priority Mail - Commercial
Flat Rate Envelopes 8.50
Legal Flat Rate Envelope 8.80
Padded Flat Rate Envelope 9.30
Small Flat Rate Box 9.05
Medium Flat Rate Boxes 16.00
Large Flat Rate Boxes 21.85
APO/FPO/DPO Large Flat Rate Box 20.15
USPS Ground Advantage Final 12/14/2023
Weight Not Over (ounces) Zones
Zone 1 Zone 2 Zone 3 Zone 4 Zone 5 Zone 6 Zone 7 Zone 8 Zone 9
4 3.79 3.84 3.86 3.96 4.02 4.11 4.19 4.36 4.36
8 4.21 4.28 4.31 4.38 4.43 4.47 4.55 4.68 4.68
12 4.87 4.95 5.00 5.07 5.15 5.32 5.45 5.62 5.62
15.999 6.17 6.26 6.33 6.40 6.56 6.79 6.96 7.15 7.15

A 5.4% increase can be handled by the slop in my current shipping charges, The bulk of my shipments are 4 oz or less nowadays. My shipping charge is $5.00

Makes FBA rates look even better

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The changes were proposed in October and confirmed in November. This is the November press release from USPS.

These changes are in addition to adjustments that USPS made to aggregate shipping services.

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USPS rate changes affect all aspects of US-based shipping logistics–including Amazon and FBA. What many people don’t realize is how much last-mile service and other delivery/support functions USPS provides to all other carriers.

Even so, one might well wonder whether rate increases are being justified by performance increases (not just package services), given recent and ongoing changes that appear to daily users of a wide range of USPS services to have hindered both speed and accessibility.

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Price increases are rarely tied to things being better.

Airlines suck ■■■ now and the rates are a lot higher than they were back when service was good. Food is more expensive and they contain a lot more harmful things back when it was cheap. Taxes have gone up on numerous things, government satisfaction has not. Rents have gone up while apartment sizes go down. The list goes on.

Shipping service is basically a monopoly since all the carriers increase their rates around the same amount every year.

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BUMPING for visibility and a reminder about January 21.

Full text

Nov. 15, 2023

U.S. Postal Service Announces New Competitive Prices for 2024

  • USPS Ground Advantage continues to offer a simple, reliable, and more affordable way to ship packages in just 2-5 business days across the continental United States, with $100 insurance and free pickup on the carrier’s route included in the price

  • Click-N-Ship USPS shipping platform provides shippers access to competitive commercial rates for Ground Advantage, Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express and USPS Connect Local, and the ability to schedule free carrier pick-up and order Priority Mail packaging

  • USPS offers some of the lowest shipping rates in the industry and is a great value to reach more than 165 million delivery points six and sometimes seven-days a week in a consistent and economical way

W, DC — The U.S. Postal Service filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) today of price changes for Shipping Services to take effect Jan. 21, 2024. These proposed prices were approved by the Postal Service governors earlier this week.

USPS Ground Advantage prices would increase by 5.4 percent, Priority Mail service prices would increase by 5.7 percent, and Priority Mail Express service prices would increase by 5.9 percent. The Postal Service is also seeking price adjustments for Special Services products including Post Office Box rental fees and some international mail services that includes Registered Mail and International Mail insurance. The PRC will review the prices before they are scheduled to take effect.

The Postal Service continues to offer a great value in shipping. Unlike some other shippers, the Postal Service has upfront pricing and does not add surcharges for residential and regular Saturday delivery, nor fuel. Also, the Postal Service offers convenient flat rate and cubic pricing options.

The Postal Service continues to offer USPS Ground Advantage – a new ground shipping solution that provides a simple, reliable, and affordable way to ship packages across the continental U.S. with 2-5 day certain delivery based on distance. USPS Ground Advantage offers $100 insurance included in the price, as well as free pickup on the carrier’s route.

The pricing for USPS Connect Local will remain unchanged. This service provides businesses with an affordable same-day and next-day delivery for their local customers.

Driven by the ongoing implementation of the Delivering for America plan, 98 percent of the nation’s population currently receives their mail and packages in less than three days.

The complete Postal Service price filings with prices for all products can be found on the PRC website under the edockets System. For the Shipping Services filing, see Docket No. CP2024-52. The Postal Service provides additional resources to assist customers regarding the price changes. These tools include price lists, downloadable price files and Federal Register Notices. This information will be available on the Postal Service’s Postal Explorer website at on Nov. 15, 2023.

Time to raise prices again! (We offer “free” shipping on everything.)

Not to be political, at all however, this is what causes inflation. Lived through it several times now traveling around the sun.

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I will not be increasing shipping charges this time.

Shipping is not a profit center for us, and we are currently making enough on shipping to absorb the increase. Our flat rate is only exceeded by shipments to the left coast. And we have more Oregon buyers than California buyers.

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