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USPS has renamed "Commercial Plus Pricing" to "Commercial Pricing"

On January 27th 2019, USPS merged the "Commercial Base" and "Commercial Plus Pricing" categories, creating one "Commercial Pricing" discount level, which are the deepest discounts available when shipping with the U.S. Postal Service.

Compare your rates to make sure you're paying the actual Commercial Pricing costs:

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USPS Commercial Plus Pricing is now called Commercial Pricing

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Other shipping software is using the name change to fool you with hidden markup. Unlike other shipping software, Pirate Ship passes through Commercial Pricing® (formerly known as Commercial Plus Pricing) with absolutely no markup, label fees, or monthly costs. So you get the deepest discounts that USPS® offers commercial shippers, but with no volume commitments or additional costs.

USPS® rates used to come in 3 pricing tiers:

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  1. Retail Pricing was (and still is) the most expensive shipping rate pricing tier, and it’s what you’ll pay if you purchase postage directly from USPS® at the Post Office or on
  2. Commercial Base Pricing® (also known as CBP pricing) was the discounted pricing you’d receive by using traditional shipping software, with savings of up to 39% compared to retail prices. This pricing tier has now been merged with....
  3. Commercial Plus Pricing® (also known as CPP pricing) was the most discounted shipping rates USPS® offers, with savings of up to 90% for small packages through a secret service this pricing level unlocks, Priority Mail Cubic®.

Commercial Base Pricing and Commercial Plus Pricing have now been merged into one pricing tier, Commercial Pricing.

Some USPS® shipping services (like First Class Package®) have always only had two pricing tiers; Retail and Commercial. Other services (like Media Mail®) have never had any discounts available. But no matter what shipping service you use, with Pirate Ship you'll get the the cheapest commercial rates USPS® offers, with no markup or fees.

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Commercial Plus Pricing used to require minimum volume commitments and monthly fees

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To get Commercial Pricing directly from the United States Postal Service you used to need to ship at least 50,000 packages/year, go through a long contract and account setup process with USPS, and then pay a middleman to provide software so you can buy postage with your account (USPS doesn't provide any free software for commercial shipping). 

On the other hand, Pirate Ship can give you the deepest Commercial discounts within seconds, no matter how many packages you ship, by consolidating your volume with other small shippers. There are no monthly fees, label fees, or hidden costs of any kind. All you pay is the actual postage cost for any USPS postage that you want to purchase.

Pirate Ship is the only way to get Commercial Pricing with no markup or fees

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While other shipping software claims they offer Commercial Plus Pricing, if you look carefully at their rate sheets they’re actually adding tons of markup on top of the actual cost. They're taking advantage of the name change and hoping you won't notice.

Adding markup makes those software companies a lot of money, but it makes it harder for startups and small shippers to compete with established ecommerce companies.

By passing through the cheapest Commercial Pricing with no markup or fees, Pirate Ship gives you the highest volume discounts available with absolutely no markup, so you can save more and invest in growing your business faster.

Call us pirates, but we think the way other shipping software overcharges for USPS services is greedy, with no benefit for small shippers or the Postal Service. Shipping costs are expensive enough as it is; you shouldn’t have to get nickel and dimed on top.

That’s why we work directly with USPS to pass-through the deepest discounts available for all their shipping services with absolutely no extra costs. There’s no cheaper way to buy postage from USPS than with Pirate Ship!

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