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Comments for New Postal Rates
This afternoon I made my first run to the post office after the May 14 rate restructuring. As a BookCrosser, my two main concerns were the rise in the media mail rate and the disappearance of the surface mail rate. I only had five books today, three media mail and two international. The total price came out to just shy of twenty dollars. Interestingly, the book to Finland (a large trade paperback) cost half the entire price.
For the small books, the new rate structure seems to result in cheaper prices. The larger books, though, can be a shocker, especially under the new "first class international" rate. It's actually slightly cheaper than the old "air mail rate" but twice the old "surface" rate.
On a side note, I've realized that I sent the wrong book out to Wales. It's not that big of a deal. It's an easy to replace book if the person will be receiving this incorrect can't or doesn't want to ship on to the correct person. It's just annoying.