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Author Topic: WTF is it with shipping  (Read 1637 times)
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« Reply #15 on: April 20, 2012, 07:30 PM »

Well I talked to my regular guy today and we figured out whats going on.  THere has been a change in the computer system.  All pre made USPS boxes have the info tied to the bar code and they are supposed to scan that now, NOT measure it.  The premade boxes no longer come up as an option on the package type screen.  There used to be a shipping tube option that they used for the triangle boxes under the packages shape screen but not anymore.  When they put in measurements it now comes up with a minimum weight charge (dimensional weight) of 9 lbs so your getting charged for more than what your sending.  THis only affects priority and express mail that we could find. 

What a way to backdoor a rate increase. 
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« Reply #16 on: April 20, 2012, 08:11 PM »

The large tube (triangle) available from USPS measures (roughly) 37x4x4 which is 592 cubic inches.  It is my understanding that boxes up to 1 cubic foot (1728 cubic inches) ship at the "standard" rate based solely on weight.

Sounds like your post office is a bit confused ... either that or I have been ripping off the Post Office for years.
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« Reply #17 on: April 21, 2012, 12:29 AM »

Assemble the triangle tube inside out. Problem solved. You can use UPS tubes that way too if that's all you've got.
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« Reply #18 on: April 22, 2012, 10:00 PM »

The large tube (triangle) available from USPS measures (roughly) 37x4x4 which is 592 cubic inches.  It is my understanding that boxes up to 1 cubic foot (1728 cubic inches) ship at the "standard" rate based solely on weight.

Sounds like your post office is a bit confused ... either that or I have been ripping off the Post Office for years.
Your right and thats why they have the standard pre made boxes.  Between the system changes and the 2 new counter people they did get confused.  MOst of the workers didn't even know they changed the system and barely know how to use it.  The one new girl there said "I just do what the computer tells me".  NOt the best attitude to have IMO.  YOu should know the systems you use well enough to notice a change that big when its your job.
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