Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Postage Rate Increases as of January 17, 2016

It's a brand new year and changes are happening.

This past year I shipped over a hundred orders!

You all are so awesome!

I wanted to update you all on a few changes taking place in the shop. As many of you may or may not know -- as of January 17, 2016 the USPS has increased the postage rate.  I hate saying this, but because the increase, the shop rates have raised, too.

Because Priority Mail Shipping (U.S.A residents) has jumped from $5.75 to $6.45 I've decided to add some addition options for shipping.

 I have always charged actual shipping and used Priority rates for shipping all of my guest books over the years. Mainly for two reasons. #1 and 99% of why I use Priority is because most people tend to wait till the last minute to order guest books and need them very quickly. 2. USPS provides flat rate envelops that work great for shipping out book orders.

Because I don't want to discourage anyone from having a book made or ordering from the shop I've added First Class Shipping to the listings in the shop.

When I first started making guest books, it was because I wanted to be able to offer an affordable alternative to store bought "generic" guest books. I wanted to create books that were customized and personalized especially for the person(s) and event.

I still do.
And I still want them to be affordable to you all.

You now have the option in the shop to choose between a more economical rate of First Class Shipping, Priority Shipping, and Express Shipping when ordering.

With those options please be aware of the following delivery times.

First Class: according to USPS it's 2-5 days (within USA). It's more like 3-7 days.
So if you're ordering a book be aware of the time frame using this shipping option. It takes about 3-5 days for me to create and package your book. So make sure you add the time to the shipping time for an estimated arrival. 5 day creation + 5 shipping = avg 10 day delivery.

For countries outside the USA you'll need to check with USPS on delivery estimates.

Priority Mail: is 2-3 days within the USA and 6-10 days for most countries including Canada.

If you're every not sure if a book will arrive in time for an event, please be sure to contact me before purchase. I try to respond within 24-48 hours of receiving inquires, but sometimes I do get very busy and it may take longer during those times.

Express Mail: is 2 days within the USA.
I only recommend this if you're in a big hurry of needing your order, as most cases Priority Mail gets it there in about the same time and is less than half the cost.

I'm less than 40 orders away from hitting 1,000 orders. I'd love it if you all could help me reach that goal before the end of next month! Help keep me busy. :)

Stay warm!
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