It is fairly easy to prepare for postage rate increases for regular first class mail – just use forever stamps. But the shipping options continue to change with each rate update, giving us more and more services to choose from. Beginning January 27th the price of a first class stamp increases to 46 cents. I have that covered and you probably do too.
The part that has me a bit baffled is the change to Parcel Post. We can now pay for “Standard Post” at the post office counter, but not online nor through eBay. We can purchase “Parcel Select” online, but not through eBay until March. Ebay sent me a note today announcing that the current Parcel Post option in my listings’ shipping calculator will automatically update to Parcel Select – but I will not be able to print labels until March. So, I will either have to upgrade my shipments to Priority to ship from my home office or drive packages to the post office and stand in line. (I am thinking Priority upgrades!)
I apologize for not being more of an expert on the new changes. I will study up, but it is going to make more sense to me when I can see the differences in the USPS price calculator on their site. Right now it just shows Parcel Post, not Parcel Select, even when I use a date after the 27th. They do have a new rate sheet. 64 pages long. Enjoy!