Monday, April 9, 2007

Problem In The Pond

It looks like vinyl record lovers in Europe may suffer the same fate as book lovers, as reported in the International Herald Tribune:

NEW YORK: The U.S. Postal Service is taking the "ship" out of shipping, and thousands of small online booksellers are bracing for trouble.

The Postal Service said last month that as of mid-May, it would no longer transport goods internationally via cargo ships for individual customers. These "surface" deliveries have been the crucial method by which booksellers have sold books to foreign markets, because the cost is about one-third that of airmail.

Here is the link to the full story:

Economy Letter and Parcel Post is going the way of the Pony Express.

Here are the new rates:

The cost to ship records will be increasing by as much as 300%, with the average for an LP base cost of shipping being around $21.00US.

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