Standard Mail Price Up 14% from 2008

New Standard Mail pricing implemented today, May 11th, 2009 show significant increases on flats, NFMs, and Parcels.  Hardest hit are customers shipping light weight packages like CDs, DVDs, and video games.

Under last years rates, shipping a 4 ounce DVD in a bubble mailer or corrugate box via standard mail would have cost $1.11.  Today that same parcel would cost $1.27.  The real shocker comes when you look back a few years.  That same package in 2006 cost $0.42.  Today’s rate is 205% higher.

There is hope however.  Conformer released the Conformer Media Mailer, capable of shipping CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray, videos, and other small light weight objects as flats.  Under new rates implemented today, a 4 ounce flat would cost $0.52, saving $0.75 per unit.  For further details, click here and here.

Rate Comparison 2006 2007 2008 2009
Standard Mail
Parcel – 4 Ounces $ 0.42 $ 0.95 $ 1.11 $ 1.27
$ Increase from previous year na $ 0.53 $ 0.16 $ 0.16
% Increase from previous year na 128% 17% 14%
% Increase VS. 2006 Rate na 128% 167% 205%
NFM – 4 Ounces na $ 0.80 $ 0.90 $ 1.04
$ Increase from previous year na na $ 0.10 $ 0.14
% Increase from previous year na na 13% 15%
% Increase VS. 2006 Rate na na na na
Flat – 4 Ounces $ 0.35 $ 0.46 $ 0.47 $ 0.52
$ Increase from previous year na $ 0.11 $ 0.01 $ 0.05
% Increase from previous year na 32% 2% 10%
% Increase VS. 2006 Rate na 32% 34% 48%

The above table is an excerpt from a broad analysis of the rate increases.  For a full report, send me an email.

by Bob Makofsky bmakofsky@conformer.com

About Bob Makofsky

Bob runs operations and marketing and is Conformer’s resident postal expert. Bob has over a dozen years of entrepreneurial experience in the technology industry, in both marketing and business development roles ranging from negotiating $100 million-plus contracts nationally and abroad to developing marketing campaigns. He is regularly featured in print and packaging trade magazines on innovation. Bob is a competitive cyclist and longtime member of the Century Road Club Association in Central Park, competing in the Empire State Games (2007, 2008). Bob graduated from the University of Denver.
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