HEADS UP FOLKS! – FYI
Some of you may have heard already that shipping carriers are raising their rates for 2016. This includes FedEX, UPS and the USPS. USPS is raising their priority mail rates. It all adds up! Guess I’ll be extremely careful about my purchases *sigh*
I know we will have to absorb the cost one way or another, and it will be interesting to see how merchants manage this.
I just heard on the news the other day and got a letter that my water rates were going up. Due to the fact that the Water Company did not make enough money because people were using less water. Good LORD! we were told to conserve are water useage, and then get penalized for doing what was asked of us. :womanfrustrated:
Please be advised that under no circumstances was I trying to imply that the reason for the increase in shipping costs is "truly" a result of needing to raise salaries. This statement was made as an addition ~ and response to jmc1365 as to the many excuses businesses have for raising their rates.
In addition, I have no idea if the rate hikes have anything to do with the ACA. Many larger employees will not be affected by the new mandates of the ACA. Many employees already pay for part of their benefits (which includes healthcare) and other perks. Fact is, we will never know why companies do what they do. They can tell us one thing and do another. It’s their right to do so in America.
Honestly, we think we’re getting choices when we are not. Fedex, UPS and USPS offer services that are the same and each has decided to raise their rates. USPS I can understand. They’ve lost a ton of money over the years as a result of slowing down of snail mail. This has been coming since the beginning of e-mail. Brick and Mortar stores are now lamenting about sluggish stores because people are shopping on line. So, if that’s true what’s the true need for raising the shipping costs. I always thought more people using your products meant, more money in your pocket!:catindifferent:
When one airline decides to charge $25.00 baggage fee, the rest follow suit. Those of us who need to watch their spending (taking all things into consideration) will make adustments accordingly.
Costs of doing business have gone way up for large companies. Can’t stay in business if you don’t make a profit.
Increases in labor costs, increases in benefit costs to employers etc etc are all reasons why prices go up everywhere. The minimum wage goes up and so does the costs of doing business. It is a vicious cycle.
Last time they all raised prices they blamed it on the rising cost of gas.
So now that gas prices have fallen …what’s their excuse?
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