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GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. agency coordinating postal systems worldwide on Wednesday reached a compromise to reform its fee structure, proposed by the United States, that would avert the Trump administration leaving the global network.
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In case you read BLOG #43731 awhile back
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hmmm, instead of just the U.S. getting affected (with their original threat to withdraw), any country that imports 75000 tons of post can now apply their own rate. So this now applies to all of us collectors, not just those from U.S (assuming your country has that much imported posts). Shipping rate is safe for now as the implementation is still a year away, but we should all expect some increase in shipping in the future.
1年前
indian_summer221年前#67675142Are you really that naive? In that case you are supposed to buy your figures from US sellers to support the US economy instead of importing stuff yourself (the US gains nothing in the latter case, if the first they make taxes etc.).
I'm sorry, I was unaware that there was a law here in the US that demanded that I pay double or more the cost of a figure so that a US seller can pay some small percent of that as tax to the government while profiting off the difference (though if retailers actually stocked what I wanted, I would at least take a look - but they don't).
1年前
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yaiba1年前#67674921Which does not make any sense when you are talking about Japanese anime products, since there is almost no local US production.

Are you really that naive? In that case you are supposed to buy your figures from US sellers to support the US economy instead of importing stuff yourself (the US gains nothing in the latter case, if the first they make taxes etc.).
1年前
My hobby is safe... for now.
1年前
lulumalu1年前#67674455And guess who will end up paying that fee? Yes. US buyer. Not China/foreign sellers.


The USPS was subsidizing the cost of and taking a significant loss on every China-to-USA shipment, so it’s money that should have been paid in the first place. I doubt this will mean much for non-bootleg figure buyers.
1年前
Moribundead1年前#67674512Er, they want to make US products more attractive to US customers. Of course they make buying foreign stuff more expensive; it's the same with customs. Customs charges are supposed to make you reconsider buying nationally (but who cares in this specific hobby?).
Which does not make any sense when you are talking about Japanese anime products, since there is almost no local US production.
1年前
lulumalu1年前#67674455I sometimes wonder if people do read the articles at all. US staying in it does not mean price remains the same or get cheaper for US buyers. Shipping price will go up anyway b/c now US get to increase their postal services fees at will. And guess who will end up paying that fee? Yes. US buyer. Not China/foreign sellers.

Since I was the only one who posted prior to you, I will assume that this remark is directed at me.

I don't think you understand the context of this in terms of what the UPU actually does. If the US pulled out of the UPU organization, then the US would have to negotiate postal treaties with every country in the world individually. Until that was done, which could take quite a while, the question wouldn't be how much it would cost to send things to/from the US -- the question would be whether it was possible to send things to/from the US at all from each specific country.

That's not even including things like transit rights and rates (like sending a package from the US to Brazil -- can it be sent overland through Mexico and all the other Central and South American countries in between? If so, do the countries permitting transit get part of the postal payment? How much? Do they get a cut if it is not sent overland but sent via plane, but the plane flies over those countries? All this nit-picky stuff is ironed out in UPU treaties, but if the US left all that stuff would have to be renegotiated again with the whole damn world.

So yeah, prices for things shipped to the US from China and other places are going to go up. Compared to the clusterf*ck that would have otherwise happened, it's not really a big deal, even if we here at MFC have to pay more for shipping. It's still better than not being able to get it at all.
1年前
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lulumalu1年前#67674455And guess who will end up paying that fee? Yes. US buyer. Not China/foreign sellers.

Er, they want to make US products more attractive to US customers. Of course they make buying foreign stuff more expensive; it's the same with customs. Customs charges are supposed to make you reconsider buying nationally (but who cares in this specific hobby?).
1年前
From reading the Reuters article, it looks like cheap direct to consumer goods from China are about to get a lot more expensive, which was sort of the whole rationale for threatening to pull the US from the Postal Union in the first place.

Get those $2.99 (shipping included) Iphone covers while you can!
1年前
I sometimes wonder if people do read the articles at all. US staying in it does not mean price remains the same or get cheaper for US buyers. Shipping price will go up anyway b/c now US get to increase their postal services fees at will. And guess who will end up paying that fee? Yes. US buyer. Not China/foreign sellers.

“Once a country declares their rate, exporting countries will have to factor that cost, it means that cost will be transferred to the person sending that item ... When you are in a country and you buy items overseas, the end-customer will definitely have to pay a higher price.”
1年前
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