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U.S. plans to shake up international postal rates next month

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rf134a wrote: I agree with this. China has been exploiting this loophole to her advantage.

Yes, this will mean an end to buying random junk for 50c shipped, but it'll be better for the environment and we'll finally see the true cost of all the "stuff" we consume.
I doubt it'll mean the end. All that'll happen is Chinese companies will rent a few warehouses in the US or Canada and do bulk shipments of the 50c items there and use domestic US shipping rates to sell to Americans. Prices may rise a little bit, but not enough to really make a difference.
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Piro21 wrote: I doubt it'll mean the end. All that'll happen is Chinese companies will rent a few warehouses in the US or Canada and do bulk shipments of the 50c items there and use domestic US shipping rates to sell to Americans. Prices may rise a little bit, but not enough to really make a difference.
that would be nice, faster shipping and no worry about customs
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My average delivery window seems to be 4 weeks this year. A week longer than last year.
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Piro21 wrote: I doubt it'll mean the end. All that'll happen is Chinese companies will rent a few warehouses in the US or Canada and do bulk shipments of the 50c items there and use domestic US shipping rates to sell to Americans. Prices may rise a little bit, but not enough to really make a difference.
That will mean doing their own customs brokerage and paying domestic Canadian/US shipping rates. That's definitely going to make a difference to prices.
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Canadian retailers want to keep selling us grossly overpriced cheap Chinese garbage passed on as normal, but then get angry when we try to get them directly for China on the cheap instead of paying their rip-off prices. I have zero sympathy for them. Hire Canadians to make stuff in Canada and then I will. Until then, any way I have to bypass this, I will use.
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We all realize that there's a substantial markup on small items like cables and adapters when you buy them from a Canadian retailer, partly because they are trying to amortize the cost of their Canadian operations over all the items they sell. There are also a lot of individual item sale costs in spite of the low value of the item. Huge distributors in China can skip a lot of those Canadian retail costs, but the cost of shipping a small item to an individual Canadian by mail should realistically make it cost at least as much as Canadian retail. The fact that the Chinese distributor can ship it for free should have made it obvious to everyone that something unfair and unsustainable is going on.

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