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« Reply #850 on: January 01, 2013 01:11:50 PM »

Wow, thanks for the heads up Ptarmic.  I hadn't heard of the postage price increase yet.  

here's a snippit of the table for the price increases.  I skipped a lot of the rows in the spreadsheet because making tables here on Craftster is a bit fiddly, but I did include the lower 4 ounces and then some of the heavier weights so you can get an idea of the price jump.  (First class rates only go up to 64 ounces.)

First-Class Package International Service - Retail
--------PriceGroups--------
Weight Not Over (Ounces)123 - 56 - 9
16.556.556.556.55
26.556.556.556.55
37.358.859.459.15
47.358.859.459.15
somerowsomitted
1610.5515.0516.75   16.25
somerowsomitted
3216.1521.2524.1524.05
somerowsomitted
4821.7527.4531.5531.85
somerowsomitted
6427.3533.6538.9539.65



Overview (from October) of proposed changes:
http://blog.stamps.com/2012/10/29/usps-announces-new-postage-rates-for-2013/

And a link to the USPS page that has all the excel sheets to see the new prices (left sidebar under     *NEW* January 27, 2013 Price Change Info  )
http://pe.usps.com/

And the chart for which country belongs to which price group:
http://pe.usps.com/text/imm/immpg.htm

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« Reply #851 on: January 02, 2013 09:30:33 AM »

I noticed that shipping larger packages to the UK is now a Priority Mail service...a 5 pound box costs over $52 to send!  There is no more international parcel post to many countries!
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« Reply #852 on: January 02, 2013 10:22:36 AM »

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« Reply #853 on: January 02, 2013 10:28:09 AM »

awww we will just have to do lighter things in international swaps! Cheesy
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« Reply #854 on: January 02, 2013 10:36:56 AM »

Our already way higher than your prices here in Canada are also going up this year Tongue

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« Reply #855 on: January 02, 2013 10:48:55 AM »

I have a friend who just retired from the US Post Office...we were talking about how really amazing it is for us to pay $.45 to get a letter to Hawaii...it is by sheer volume, but the volume has gone down, so prices have to go up.

I think the prices in the USA are still very very reasonable!  You couldn't drive it...Cheesy
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« Reply #856 on: January 02, 2013 12:32:47 PM »

Calluna! I live about an hour away from Solvang! They have the BEST Ableskivers (sp?) ever! So delicious and their candy store--especially the salt water taffy---if worth splurging on  Wink

 I can't believe they're raising prices on postage! I thought it was ridiculous that one of my canadian friends said it was $45 to  send a 2x2x2 cm box to Africa. I guess I need to post all international stuff before the 27th now O__O Stupid politics >.>
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« Reply #857 on: January 02, 2013 01:57:16 PM »

Bummer about the increased postage.  Is there some way that we could do all the claiming and then have a later date for sending so that multiple sends to the same individuals could be combined and some postage could be saved?  Just a thought.

Busy crafting away here.  Lana has been taking orders for simple scarves for her friends.  I just finished Nyan cat and now I'm making an Army girl one (lt gr, dk gr, pink, repeat).  I also just finished a rainbow scarf for Lana.
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« Reply #858 on: January 02, 2013 03:26:20 PM »

Thanks for hunting that down, Avesthel!

1st class international (aka airmail) has had a 4-lb maximum weight limit for a few years now. Anything heavier than that has to go priority mail. The priority flat rate boxes are usually a terrible 'deal' unless you are shipping lead weights or something....  For a while, it was cheaper to send lightweight packages to Canada for swaps just because of skipping the DC fee.
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« Reply #859 on: January 02, 2013 04:55:26 PM »

OH!  ptarmic wumpus, sorry to be off-topic, but suereal got that wonderful tentacle bag you made and she absolutely LOVES it!  It is oh so totally her!  ^_^
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