Postage on the Rise
Can you believe that? The U.S. Postal Service is raising the cost to send mail once again starting January 27, 2013. I understand that it is hurting the postal business when people are paying bills via the internet these days, but I can’t help but wonder why when postage keeps rising. Maybe the raise in cost is supposed to help pay the employees. I don’t know, but I think it is ridiculous. When one thing rises in cost, others are sure to follow. Web sites will be dropping the offer for free shipping before too long, so I guess we better shop now!
Save on Postage by Shopping Now
Being that I do a lot of online shopping, I guess I’ll try to make my heavier, more expensive purchases now. I see that for now some online stores offer free shipping on certain products, but I wonder if that will still be in affect after the raise in postage. Either way, businesses will factor in the shipping cost with the purchase cost, thus we will still pay for the shipment. UPS tends to be cheaper that regular mail on heavier items, but not everyone offers UPS shipment as an option.
I was planning on ordering a new TV from Best Buy, which probably won’t offer free shipping. Maybe it will be cheaper for me to have it shipped to the store and the gas to drive the 30 miles to go get it won’t cost as much as the shipping to conveniently have it sent directly home. Convenience. That is a major factor in the mail business in my opinion. It is more convenient to pay bills and shop online from home in my pajamas, coffee in hand. I can pay bills on the due date rather than mailing it 2 weeks early so that it gets paid on time – IF it doesn’t get lost, delayed, stuck in a blizzard or what have you.
There are a few places still offering free shipping if you spend so much or on certain products. As previously mentioned, some stores offer free site to store shipping. You still have to go pick up your purchase from the store, but at least you don’t have to pay anything (other than for gas) to go get the stuff. I know Wal-Mart offers free site to store shipping, but to me site to store shipping still defeats the purpose of having whatever you ordered sent to your home versus having to figure out when you can pick it up – or have something big enough to haul your purchase in. I can’t put a 60 inch TV in a Honda.
Some “online only” stores will offer free shipping on light weight items. Usually these items do ship through the post office and are sent First Class, so of course the items are small. I know of one online store that I love shopping at is Country Brook Design. I have three dogs and love to keep up with the Holidays and decorating, so I order my dog’s collars from Country Brook Design almost monthly. They do have free shipping on the dog collars and many other items as well.
Don’t get me wrong, I know that raising postage costs does help with paying for the labor and shipment of mail. Everyone’s money is tight these days and we all want to save a dollar here and there. Heck, saving pennies these days is becoming more meaningful then the penny’s worth alone any more. So why not utilize offers with free shipping?