Monthly Archives: January 2013

2013 International USPS Increases

On January 27, 2013 the United States Post Office mailing prices will be going up.  Domestic (USA and territories) is pretty standard for increases in the past.

Where I noticed the Drastic Change is in International.  Priority Flat Rate is HUGE!

Priority Flat Rate Envelopes to Canada was $12.95. It will go to $19.95  

Other international Flat Rate Priority Envelopes will go from $16.95 to $23.95

First Class:

Countries are broken up into regions for first class

  • Group 1 (Canada)
  • Group 2 (Mexico)
  • Group 3 – 5 (Eastern Asia, Europe, and Australia)
  • Group 6 – 9 (Western Asia, Africa, Latin America, Caribbean, and New Zealand)

I ship a great deal of large flat envelopes first class internationally.

January 27, 2013 I will be paying the following rates: (This is online rates)  Rates at the USPS Counter are higher.

Here are some more International Changes

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First Class Mail International is being renamed First Class Package Service International and is being transferred to the “competitive product list” which allows the mail class to be eligible for Commercial Base pricing (online rate discounts).

2013 rates are seeing a significant increase, with rates increasing as much as 60% for packages that weigh up to 1 lb

Make sure you get all adjustments to shipping internationally done  on eBay, Etsy, and your business website.

If you want to dig deeper into pricing, grab the whisky and visit the USPS new prices here

January 2013 USPS Increases

A quick glance at the changes

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IPad Listing on eBay

I list almost 100%  of my listings either on my IPad4, IPad Mini or My IPhone.  I know Geek…  I want to tell you that the eBay Mobile team listens.  They are marvelous about getting back to users of the Apps with issues and answer questions quickly

I will be doing some videos in the future on listing with each app.  Stay tuned.

I have so many MINOR issues of wants that I request from the Mobile team but I really would like to have store Categories.

I would love to hear what your concerns are with eBay Mobile.


Flat Rate is Pricing not Thickness

Flat Rate Priority Envelopes… Is it Flat Rate Pricing or does it mean it has to be Flat?

Flat Rate Priority Envelopes means it is the same price to mail a package anywhere in the United States, Puerto Rico and Territories including FPO/APO for around $5.00

It can be any thickness as long as the envelope has not be reshaped by cutting it … actually read the DMM here

This is 123 1.5 of the DMM for USPS.

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If it fits, it ships.   UP TO 70 lbs.

You can print off the DMM from the USPS website.  Copy 123 1.5 and take to the post office if you have postal clerks that don’t know the postal regulations.

 


Stamps.com & Why I Use It

Stamps.com No Monthly Fee to eBay Sellers

Yes you heard it … Stamps.com normally charges a monthly fee for this service but as an avid Stamps.com user, I highly recommend using this service over PayPal and eBay shipping for one reason.

It is so fast…. it Rocks

I like stamps.com for many reasons… here they are.. not in any particular order

1. all eBay orders are imported into Stamps.com after they are paid

2. You can add weight and class of shipping quickly

3. You can print all orders at once

4. Stamps.com feeds the tracking info back to eBay

5. You can set up Stamps.com to send a note to your customer with the tracking information

6. You go to the front of the line at the post office and just drop off the packages on the counter

Give it a try at the link below.

I have no association with Stamps.com and am not getting any kickback or anything.  It is just a program I love.

I originally started with Stamps.com a number of years ago and went to Endicia and had so many problems with it so someone suggested going back to Stamps… I did and am so happy I did.

Click here for more info on No Monthly Fees on Stamps.com for eBay sellers

 

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Sample of Next Gen Gallery

Category : Sorley Family

Cindy, This is a sample of how you can set up a Gallery on either a post or create the same think on a page. There are several settings that you can adjust from slide show, to this style and another media viewer. Enjoy.

 


Cindy eBay Video

I had the opportunity for a film crew to come to the house and film me for an eBay video.


PayPal Videos of Cindy Sorley

This past year, PayPal asked me to do a video about my experience with PayPal.
They ended up making two videos of me

Here are both of them

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0zxJqm55oI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCfInwtTja4


Sunita and eBay

I have been privileged to meet some amazing people through eBay as I state on my page. One of those amazing people is Sunita Rai Khapre. Sunita sums up in this video exactly what I would like to say if I was asked why I sell on eBay.


2013 A New Year

The year is up and running and I am still behind. 2013 will see big changes at Stitchery X-Press. We will continue to keep a large presence on eBay at www.BubbaCanDance.com. We have decided to close our Amazon store this year and move to our own site to clear out the more than 20,000 cross stitch patterns accumulated over the years. Some may ask why not sell them on eBay or Amazon? The reason… pricing. Most of the books are older, out of print and not big money makers but still valuable to collectors and cross stitchers that want to stitch the patterns. We hope to have our web guy, Drew, get us up in the next few weeks and you will see us up and going at www.stitcheryxpress.com. For those that have asked over and over, yes the aviation designs will be out this year. We have 40 that we have complete patterns for and need to get a new logo and new models stitched and reprinting but we are about ready to go once those things are done. You will see patterns for some great airplanes from history from Piper Cubs to F-18’s with P=51 adn B-24 and B-17 in the mixture.
I also will be making a number of videos with my friend Scott Henshaw about all things eBay and PayPal. Watch for those.

Off to figure out Opencart for the new website.
See you soon
Cindy


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