USPS 2014 Price Increases

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It’s that time again! USPS has announced their price increases for 2014, mostly affecting First Class Mail 1-3oz packages. These prices changes will be reflected as of January 26th, 2014 on your Etsy shipping labels. Make sure to update your shipping profiles before then!

The price increases for the U.S. are shown below. Click the chart to see the full article on Etsy for more information on U.S. and Canada price changes.

Ship Faster: Etsy Rolls our Expedited Shipping Options

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Throughout the holiday season many Etsy sellers receive the same question from their customers: will I get it before the holidays? This questions becomes more and more prevalent as Christmas nears and last minute shoppers scour Etsy for the perfect holiday gift. Offering expediting shipping options can mean getting those last few sales before the busiest time of year comes to a close.

Now it is easier then ever to offer expedited shipping options to your customers with Etsy’s new feature in shipping profiles.

This new feature is very exciting (and much anticipated) – you no longer have to modify listings every time a customer wants to updates the shipping. Etsy now also automatically updates any items that have this shipping profile in it so if you make changes to an existing profile you don’t need to update each and every listing anymore!

Shipping Profiles: USPS Price Increase

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As an Etsy seller it is very important to keep up with changes in shipping costs to ensure you are pricing the shipping on your items fairly and also charging enough to cover the actual cost to ship the item. On January 27th USPS raised their prices. As a result, most Etsy sellers will need to update their shipping profiles to account for these increases. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Etsy gets volume discounts from USPS so you can save money by printing your shipping labels directly through Etsy.
  • Prices for international parcels have gone up drastically – in some cases by 100% or more.
  • You can no longer print shipping labels for Parcel Post  (now called “Standard Post”) online, you need to go to a retail location in order to ship with this method.
  • USPS will be including free delivery confirmation on packages to Canada soon and may roll this service out to other countries shortly after.

Per Etsy, below are the new shipping costs if you purchase labels directly through them. Click the chart to see the original article written by Etsy.

Etsy Shipping Profile 2

If you have questions about how much a particular item will cost you to ship you can refer to the postage calculator on the USPS website. This will help give you a good gauge of what to charge.

Don’t wait too long to update your shipping profiles, especially for international packages now that the prices have gone up so much. Having accurate shipping costs will help ensure you are covering the cost of shipping the item so that you don’t lose money on shipping.