The US Postal Service initiated a new price hike, which doesn't effect domestic shipping much, but the same cannot be said for international shipping. In response, you'll notice that I raised the shipping rates today for all product.
For more information how it effects small record labels, there was a nice article posted online by NPR today which you might want to check out. There are some good, real life examples here:
via NPR.org: Rising Postal Rates Squeeze Small Record Labels
Is the answer that labels need to up the ante by making a higher quality package that people will really want to spend that kind of money on to hold the records in their hands? That's what i'll strive to do, as there is nothing else I can do.