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Subject: USPS Proposed Rate Increases
Date Posted: 7/6/2010 4:45 PM ET
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Date Posted: 7/6/2010 5:02 PM ET
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Rats.

Date Posted: 7/6/2010 6:01 PM ET
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More reason to find ways to ship books in multiples and stop buying WL books just to post when I don't need credits.

Date Posted: 7/6/2010 7:45 PM ET
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Well, I don't much like increases in prices of anything, but I suppose the media mail one could be way worse.  The satandard book ($2.38) increases to about $2.55.  Not nearly enough to make me want to stop swapping everything I can.

Date Posted: 7/6/2010 9:35 PM ET
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From a postal employee website:

And geez, hate when they announce these rate hikes. Will hear all about that from every customer.
. . . why don't they just make it an even 50cents and stop nickle and diming us.
. . . everything is going up.
 . . . I remember when a penny post card was a penny.
 
But to their credit, I don't think the customers realize how we hear the same thing OVER and OVER again.

Date Posted: 7/7/2010 8:34 AM ET
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I have friends in a number of other countries and they are consistently amazed at how cheap our postal service is. Even with increases, our postal rates are still inexpensive compared to quite a few other countries--at least the ones i know of!

Date Posted: 7/7/2010 3:01 PM ET
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I'm more than happy to pay an extra few cents to get cheap books. If the post office goes out of business, our only recourse is FedEx and UPS, at which point I think it's safe to say this site is pretty much irrelevant. FedEx is expensive, guys.

Date Posted: 7/7/2010 3:11 PM ET
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I know it doesn't apply here, but our main disadvantage in shipping books is that a couple of years back the USPS did away with international surface mail, so sending a single book airmail can be quite expensive!

Date Posted: 7/8/2010 9:41 AM ET
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With the price of fuel and everything else going up, it makes sense that postal increases will happen. No, I'm not happy with the proposed hike, but it won't stop me from mailing either.

Date Posted: 7/9/2010 11:03 AM ET
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"I know it doesn't apply here, but our main disadvantage in shipping books is that a couple of years back the USPS did away with international surface mail, so sending a single book airmail can be quite expensive!"

I hear you! I belong to another book swapping site that does international. Every now and then I get an international request. To ship a thin book weighing just a few ounces was around $5. But thank goodness for flat rate boxes and evelopes other wise it would be ghastly to send more than one over seas.

As for cutting Saturday deliveries, I doubt it would bother most people. I don't know about some of you but I live in a rural area and sometimes I only get one or two pieces of mail at least once a week.

Date Posted: 7/9/2010 12:19 PM ET
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I remember when gas was .59 a gallon and milk cost .20 a gallon.  Everything goes up and every business needs to break even. 

Date Posted: 7/12/2010 9:36 PM ET
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My regular postal clerk told me today that they are serious about getting rid of media mail. 

Date Posted: 7/12/2010 10:07 PM ET
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If media mail vanishes, I'm done swapping books, well except for tiny ones. Media mail is my life saver, I would be in the poor house without it.

Date Posted: 7/12/2010 11:53 PM ET
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i dont think they will get rid of media mai

if you postal clerk tells you that

ask to see that in writing..

Date Posted: 7/13/2010 6:58 AM ET
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I am a postmaster and no one has breathed a word to me about getting rid of media mail. 

I am not sure where the clerks come up  with these ideas.

Date Posted: 7/13/2010 7:30 AM ET
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I'm a part time rural mail carrier and i'm already hearing the complaints from customers about the increase. Seriously, like 2 cents is gonna kill them?  Yet they don't blink an eye at driving huge gas hog SUV's and having the newest and most expensive cell phone plans ever created,but heaven help them if they have to pay 2 extra cents for a stamp!!!

Date Posted: 7/13/2010 2:29 PM ET
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LOL Tanya! That puts things in perspective!  :)

Glenda

Date Posted: 7/14/2010 10:34 AM ET
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The postal increases don't bother me enough at this point to stop trading-I'll probably just make a better effort to ship in multiples.  Which I try to do anyway because I have a limited postage budget. The those little increases add up. When I started PBS the media mail baseline was $2.24 and now it's $2.38.  That's .12 in 3yrs.  It adds up to a few dollars a month if you send out a lot of books.

If media mail went it would probably kill sites like PBS-no one would trade books that couldn't go 1st class unless you ordered enough from them to make it worth it for both of you to use a priority prepaid box. 

Date Posted: 8/6/2010 11:41 PM ET
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Way to go Tanya!laugh