Been doing mail order since the late 70's
The USPS is really the only game for me and I appreciate the service but at times they frustrates me.
I have been with stamps.com for 11 years. I like them because I cut and paste the mailing info into a box and not type it in.
This saves me tons of time and I often ship 30-40 packages on a good day- so as a one man shop it makes life easy.
Yesterday when I closed up for the day I had $14 in the kitty at stamps.com. Today I had negative $5.10
A new service for us USPS customers. If you cheat them they no longer send the parcel back but take from your positive balance. Nice.
The issue is I'm not cheating them. I am about ready to pull car51's hair out
The new USPS fiasco is International shipping........................!!!
Lets say you send just one 4 ounce parcel to Australia.
It costs you $6.04 discounted rate for the "Flat Parcel" which is 15"x12" x .750 inches thick.................
Now if it is a small package as above but it gets over .750" thick it now costs you $13.06 that is if it is still 4 ounces.
Other country rates are far worse.
My beef is this- I had an item I sent that was right under the .750 thick range-I started getting them back with postage due.
So I reconfigured the shipping to .625 inch- 5/8ths inch.
This is a joke because now they are automatically up charging me for each parcel as if it exceeded 3/4" which they are not.
This kind of nonsense is something you can't fight because everyone at the USPS acts stupid.
Once I get this resolved they will start on something else.
And those package rates are ridiculous. Wait until you get to 8 ounces let alone a pound and you can no longer do International business. Beware of this if you are doing EBay etc as the shipping and insurance costs kill all the profit and run away your buyers.