So, what is HipStamp to do about new USPS rates?



  • After a Month they still can not get my name right on here after sending screen shots to the IT department.

    Bill O'Malley
  • You must be some official in this site, Bill.
  • edited January 2019 1 LikesVote Down
    Bill, We can change your last name to OapostropheMalley. It will sort of be like a Saturday Night Live skit. But we&#039 ;ll have to change your first name to A-A-ron, or Ladasha (La-a).
    I&#039 ;ll try writing this way on purpose for solidarity! It has to be freak&#039 ;n annoying for you. Especially if they won&#039 ;t even explain why they&#039 ;re forcing the escaped character in the display.
  • OMG Doug, thank you so much for the morning giggle. Now I have to clean my computer screen.
  • It looks like Bill has been repaired!!
  • Yes it finally after a month been repaired. Unbelievable.
  • They were busy making the pricing numbers smaller.
  • Tell me about it!
  • You&#039 ;re welcome!
  • Well, this says much. It is from the HipStamp policies page:

    International Buying and Selling

    "Many of our Services are accessible to international sellers and buyers. We may offer certain programs, tools, and site experiences of particular interest to international sellers and buyers, such as estimated local currency conversion and international shipping calculation tools. Sellers and buyers are responsible for complying with all laws and regulations applicable to the international sale, purchase, and shipment of items."

    I think the question should be, what is HipStamp going to do to enforce this rule so that it is an even (and legal) playing field for all sellers?
  • Punish the rule-followers by charging fees on their higher shipping rates, that's what. $$$ Cha-ching! $$$
  • My last international order was on January 21, and ShippingEasy still had a $4.79 one ounce rate. I just entered a mock order, and saw that the rate has now gone up to a minimum of $5.79, requiring me to charge at least $6.60, to cover HipStamp and PayPal fees. I just can't do it. As much as I hate to, I have now eliminated international sales from my store.
    Something's got to be done about this.
  • I just shipped a one once flat-merchandise envelope to Australia this week and was charged $6.99 on shippingeasy
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    I keep up only occasionally here, but short of eating a little of the cost like no fees on shipping what else can HipStamp do? I haven't seen anything excepting better ways to calculate the international rates. I may have missed something. They do make promotions like buy xx amount, get $25 refunded, or $50 but you have to buy $250 or so to be eligible. That will rarely if ever be my situation, $250 a pop. The most I've ever paid for a single stamp is $210 and I got in big trouble.
    I haven't had any sales since the new rate, and I only went up on sheets that requires good stiffeners. Everything else is unchanged. Of course it's been less than a week.
    I would be willing to sell the sheets and use a magazine for a stiffener, that works and goes cheaper, but it's a little less of a sure thing and no tracking.
    Could you make up your own country an intermediate shipping location, like base price "NoStiffStuff", and "RealStiffYouKnowWhy " instead of Canada, and let that be for an intermediate number? Less than full rate but more than base.
    Maybe I'll ride over to Georgia, win the lottery, and have a 99% off sale. The next round would be on me.
  • Post office made money when they first sold the stamp. As did the original owner when sold to a dealer. Who, in turn, saw a profit (hopefully here on Hipstamps) and mailed the item using postage by which the post office once again benefits...everybody wins!
  • When it's time to sell.....
  • Mark,

    Are we going to get any updates as to the impact on the sellers? It has been over 1 1/2 years since you did mention you were going to do so and it would be great to get some information on this. Thanks
  • What are you hoping to gain from such information? No one can do anything about it.

    The impact is simple. If you are following the UPU rules for mailing merchandise to international destinations, your sales have been impacted. Buyers don't want to pay those high fees. If you stopped selling to international buyers, your sales are impacted.

    For me, it's simple. I stopped selling to international addresses. My international sales used to be at least 1/3 of my sales. That is gone.
  • You're right as far as the cost of the postage is out of our control and it will have an effect,where you are incorrect is that one can not mitigate that fact. If the information was broken down by store type and price point (Dollar value of the items). You're store size and what you are listing IS IN YOUR control and those are mitigating factors. Just because you have chosen to drop all international sales does NOT mean that others sellers are going to do so and some are looking for ways to mitigate the cost as best as possible.
  • I chose to continue to sell international. I now charge $8.00 and my international sales are down about 50%, but that is still better than eliminating them altogether. I still hate it when other sellers choose to ignore the regulations and continue to include merchandise is first class letters. I received flack over comments I made in another thread where a seller was offering free shipping, including international sales and that seller posted his disdain for my comment which another member apparently supported by stating not to worry because rules would be changing in 2020 anyway. Does anyone know if rates are going down then? I have only read where other country rates may be going up. Sure would be nice if we could again legally include stamps in first class international mail.
  • Some of the rules were going to change,but that is only applying to the cost of the postal services to get it from B-C. Customs forms will ALWAYS be required on any merchandise. Customs and duties have been in place for thousands of years in some form. Goods will never go back to being included in first class letter rates. The processing cost for handling mail with goods in it is higher to begin with.

    What would help is if they had a 1-4 oz rate for the international first class parcels instead of everything starting at an 8 oz rate. That's what was the real kicker.

    Was that the same guy that was complaining about what the Chinese were paying for parcel rates?

  • Not the same guy. Lower weight and rate first class parcels would be great.
  • WASHINGTON — The United States Postal Service is increasing the safety and security of its collection box procedures through a modification of the long-standing Aviation Mail Security Rule, which was established in August 1996 and called for all packages weighing 16 ounces to be presented in person to a postal clerk or a letter carrier. The action was taken to enhance security measures and to protect the public, postal employees and postal contractors who transport the U.S. Mail.
    In 2007, the weight allowance was decreased to 13-ounces or more for all anonymous mail. Since then, packages and other mail pieces weighing 13 ounces or more, bearing only stamps as postage must only be presented to a postal employee at a retail counter.
    This month’s update to the rule will enhance the existing safety program by prohibiting packages with stamps as postage that are more than one-half inch thick and/or weigh more than 10 ounces from anonymously being entered into the mail stream through collection boxes or Post Office mail slots. Packages and all other mail pieces of this type will now need to be taken to a retail counter. This change is effective Oct. 1, 2019.
    How to mail a package
    Consumers who opt to use postage stamps to mail packages, or other items, weighing more than 10 ounces and/or more than one-half inch thick must conduct their transactions at a Post Office retail counter. Consumers can also take advantage of Postal Service self-service kiosks to purchase postage labels and drop those packages into the package slots, not mail slots, at a Post Office. If a restricted package or mail piece is found in a collection box, mail chute or lobby mail slot after Oct. 1 it will be returned to the sender with a Customer Return Label attached explaining the restrictions and reason for return.
    Click-N-Ship customers will be unaffected by this change.
    Consumers can expect to see label changes on collection boxes and Post Office mail slots with the updated information. The Postal Service apologizes for any inconvenience to its customers.
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