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Topic: Is there another postal increase scheduled for September 3, 2017

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Subject: Is there another postal increase scheduled for September 3, 2017
Date Posted: 8/22/2017 3:16 PM ET
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I'm not seeing any info on EBay or the USPS site, but has anyone else heard anything. Someone in a Facebook group of online sellers mentioned " the U.S. Postal Service is re-classifying First-Class Mail® Parcels as retail prices for First-Class™ Package Services. First-Class Mail Parcels will increase 9.9% on average". We already had a pretty big hike to First Class Package rates in January and it would suck to have another in the same year.

Any links to info would be greatly appreciated thanks!

Date Posted: 8/23/2017 5:50 PM ET
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I found this about the increase:

http://www.pitneybowes.com/us/postal-information/rate-change-info.html

Date Posted: 8/23/2017 7:15 PM ET
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Thanks Phyllis! It looks like it's just retail/counter rates so I think anyone using PBS postage, Stamps.com or Paypal shipping can still get that lower commercial rate

Date Posted: 9/1/2017 10:32 PM ET
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thanks, I had posted about this a month ago when my PO clerks mentioned an increase was coming, but they had no details.  The link explains it clearly so thanks Phyllis.

Date Posted: 9/3/2017 11:33 PM ET
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This will also affect prices at the APC machines at the post office. Nothing will change if you print postage online. 

This does put a fairly significant difference between first class packages and media mail if you are buying postage at the post office.