USPS Ends Click-N-Ship for Business App’s Standalone Support
In late April, around when the U.S. Postal Service may increase postage rates, the organization plans to stop supporting the "Click-N-Ship for Business" app and suggests mailers switch to a USPS "meter label solution" or smaller mailers use the Click-N-Ship app, writes Ina Steiner of EcommerceBytes.com on Thursday.
"[USPS says] those who switch from Click-N-Ship for Business without meter to regular Click-N-Ship will receive Commercial Base pricing, which is cheaper than retail rates," Steiner writes. "For now, it sounds like old-school shippers will have to either: Give in and provide credit card or PayPal to USPS; use a third-party shipping solution; or spend more at the post office window."
The news Steiner says mailers got from USPS this week had one mailer mad enough to title a discussion "A USPS Stab in the Back." The discussion, started on Tuesday by div_style, is hosted by the eBay Shipping and Returns Community,
"I have been dealing in stamps for 40 years," div_style posts on Wednesday. "I have accumulated a huge amount of U.S. postage, much of it at [a] 40 [percent] to 60 percent discount from face value. I can either let it sit, sell it for huge discounts on eBay, or use it as postage. My net cost is lower than commercial plus prices. But now, to use my postage, and get tracking, means standing at the window while the clerk generates and applies a tracking label to each package. This is going to take some time, as I often have 30 or more packages a day. (Many from another eBay store, from which I sell commodity-like products and for which I need tracking to maintain TRS+.) I guess I'll have to consider whether the TRS+ discount is worth the hassle. Sometimes the lines at either of the two post offices I use take 10 to 20 minutes to get through."