Friday, March 22, 2013

New Shipping Rates

We have held off on making any price changes for years. And though the Post Office has raised their rates several times, they were moderate changes and we chose to absorb the expense rather than change our pricing. But now, with the Postal Service's newest price increases, we have no choice but to increase our shipping rates to match it.

Shipping rates inside the USA are not changing very much, if at all. The exception is the west coast and outlying states and territories. For example, the shipping for a 4x6 mat to California is now $16.83. A $5.26 increase. Whereas, the same mat's shipping to New York would only be $9.47.

 Europe is seeing a much larger rate increase. A 4x6 mat shipped to France, for example, now will have a shipping charge of $42.09. That is a lot. But still lower than what the actual shipping is. The Post Office charges us $51.20 to ship that mat (LINK). We're eating the difference of $9.11.

For our European customers it really only makes sense to get together with friends and make a group order. The postage rates drop sharply for orders over $200.

Australia. Sorry Australia, the Post Office has really socked it to us for shipping out to you. A 4x6 mat going to Australia will now have a shipping charge of $52.61. That's huge, I know, but since the Post Office's price increase we were actually losing money on every mat we were shipping there. We had to do something. The actual shipping we pay is $64.03 (LINK). So we're still subsidizing the shipping cost, but at least we're not losing money on the deal anymore.

Unfortunately, because Australia is one of the countries with size restrictions preventing us from shipping multiple 4x6 mats together, we can not offer any discount for larger orders going there.

Our full list of shipping rates can be found HERE.

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