As you may already be aware, the USPS is increasing most rates and fees for domestic postage 5%. How does this affect Simply Socks Yarn Company? Well, if you are an American knitter who orders less than $50 worth of merchandise, then the flat rate for shipping will increase slightly in a week, from $3.85 to $4.05. Since we only charge the lowest amount for Priority Mail shipping, and incur the extra cost if there is one, you will still only pay the lowest Priority Mail charge of $4.05- even our Hawaiian and Alaskan knitters. And you will still pay no "handling" fee. Because handling yarn isn't bad like handling smelly fish or wet dogs. It's YARN.
How will this affect orders that qualify for free shipping over $50 to US addresses? It won't. SSYC will absorb the cost of the extra postage and leave the free shipping standard at $50. Because 50 is a nice round number and if you look at it right, it spells out the first two letters of SOCK.
So what's the reason for the USPS rate increase this time 'round? According to the USPS website, "This price increase – the first since 2002 – is needed to fulfill a federal law passed in 2003 that requires the Postal Service to place $3.1 billion in an escrow account by October 1, 2006. Without this federal mandate, it would not have been necessary to raise prices in 2006." So there you go. Go our and buy your new $.39 stamps, people. And they don't even have any cool ones yet.