Sending long, skinny items like posters is banned in 2022

Sellers, beware. Starting in January, you’ll pay a premium price if you ship long, skinny items. And sellers of items like movie posters may not know what hits them when January 9, 2022 arrives.

When we reported the non-standard charge sellers asked, does this include post tubes? USPS spokesperson David P. Coleman told us yes, the charges would apply to the tubes.

He added, “If the dimensions of the tube qualify it for the low weight, then the charge will be added to the low weight price.”

This means that sellers of movie posters will pay the new non-standard fee of $ 4 for a tube over 22 “and the new non-standard fee of $ 15 for a tube over 30” – to be clear, this is added to the shipping costs.

We checked with a movie poster seller for a reality check – he couldn’t believe it. “To me, this is madness, and this is another way to implode the USPS,” he said.

One theory: the USPS does not want to deal with postal tubes. In July, we wrote about reports from vendors claiming the post office was not delivering postal tubes intact and on time, including this drive letter.

He was probably right when he wrote, “This probably indicates a change in the USPS sorting processes and should be called put and fixed.” It seems possible that the postal tubes have fouled the works. The USPS ‘answer to the problem: charge exorbitant fees.

But it’s not fair for the USPS to slip the new fees into a PDF file on the PRC website where sellers won’t see them.

If someone responsible for shipping in the online marketplaces where posters are sold reads this, you might want to let your sellers know immediately.

We predict that many shippers will be surprised on January 9, 2022, when they print a shipping label for long and lean items. Don’t let that be you!

Update 06/12/2021: USPS to move forward with its regular hike in shipping rates on Jan.9, but will delay the $ 1.50 non-compliance fee and the $ 4 and $ 15 non-standard fee until April , see more in this AuctionBytes blog post from December 5.

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