My first official "complaint post" in the history of this blog (or at least as far as I can remember!). In the last few days I found out that the dear friends at the USPS almost DOUBLED postage for sending a simple yellow envelop with a few baseball cards to Europe. The official rate went from something like $3.99 to $6.99. I hear the USPS is close to bankruptcy so I can imagine why they do it but it does still hurt.....On eBay most sellers have quickly adjusted postage already so instead of my starting bid for a card being $3.99 in postage (+ usually at least $0.99) the bidding for me already starts at $6.99 + $0.99, so around $8.
This is very annoying and likely drives me to only do a bit more higher-end cards through eBay and/or Glavines I really really want (because I need to feed the hunger here of course !!). It will likely also drive me more towards COMC.
At the same time of course I fear that trades will be harder to accomplish with all of you, not from my perspective as prices to send stuff from here to the US has not changed, but I can imagine that people will now start thinking twice about setting up a trade, in particular for base cards. I won't blame anyone and always feel free to say "no" to any trade suggestions I make (because my suggestions will continue :-))
On the box break front I am planning to continue to participate as long as the organisers let me :-) Of course I will pay extra for postage so feel free to, and simply do, require that from me....
Let me end my rant here and thanks everyone for listening !! And before I forget, let me honor my "at least one card per post"policy so here's one that I was able to pick-up before the postage increase !! A cool Sabathia mini relic from the 2011 Lineage set !