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Mar
18

USPS's Standard Post service has been in significant transition in recent months. As many of our sellers have had questions and concerns that relate to this service, a summary of these changes may be helpful:

January 2013: Service name changed from Parcel Post to Standard Post

Jan 26 2014: As part of their annual rate increase, Standard Post rates increased for 2014 to match Priority Mail rates for Zones 1 - 4 (ship origin and destination within 600 miles).  Because
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Jan
26
2014 USPS Rates LIve
Posted on 26 Jan 14 06:37 PM

USPS's annual rate hike goes into effect today, and of course all AuctionInc USPS rates reflect this change. The overall price hike this year averages 2.4%, modest in comparison to UPS and FedEx. Some rates -- such as some of the most popular flat rate box sizes, including small and medium-- are staying the same, and a few rates are even dropping a little (such as commercial base rates for Priority International). First Class International rates are also staying put. Domestic First Class
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Jan
21
Amazon Payments Released for ShopCart
Posted on 21 Jan 14 12:51 AM

AuctionInc is pleased to announce that Amazon Payments is now supported as an additional checkout option for our ShopCart.  

The fastest growing payment processor for ecommerce, Amazon Payments offers a fast, reliable, and secure payment method for the many millions of online shoppers with existing Amazon accounts, and can help add new customers, increase sales, and reduce fraud costs.  

Amazon commission fees are essentially identical to PayPal, offering
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Jan
7
2014 FedEx Rates Live
Posted on 07 Jan 14 02:56 AM

As of today FedEx is live with its annual rate increases, and AuctionInc has in turn modified our FedEx API and rate engine to reflect all the rate, fee and other changes necessary to generate accurate rates. Exactly as UPS,  FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery rates are increasing an average of 4.9%.  Their Express services are increasing only by an average of 3.9%, though!

If you are interested in reading some of the details, here are two articles analyzing these FedEx
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Dec
30
2014 UPS Rates Live
Posted on 30 Dec 13 11:42 AM

As of today UPS is live with its annual rate increases, and AuctionInc has in turn modified our UPS rate engine to reflect all the rate, fee and other changes necessary to generate accurate rates. This year, the bad news is that UPS Ground, Air and International rates will increase an average of 4.9%.

If you are interested in reading some of the details, here are two articles analyzing these UPS hikes:

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Jul
29
USPS Service Changes & Custom Labels
Posted on 29 Jul 13 05:45 PM

USPS Service Changes

On Sunday July 28, USPS put into production a number of changes to their services, some of which directly affect AuctionInc.

  • Express Mail has been renamed "Priority Express".

  • Both Priority Mail and Priority Express now include in their service name the estimated Delivery Days, i.e., "Priority Mail 2 Day". The estimate is determined dynamically based on the shipping origin and destination.