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Thread: Tips I learned for keeping USPS shipping costs down since rate increase

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    Quote Originally Posted by dddoo7 View Post
    The PADDED flat rate envelope is the best value in my opinion. It will actually hold two small flat rate boxes (although I don't advocate using usps supplies In that way). I ordered some boxes that are 3x6x8 and they are a perfect fit in the padded envelope and will ship for the same price as a small flat rate box...and since there is a box inside the envelope the item is protected more. If you are not using padded envelopes you should look into it.
    These are excellent for more shipping space for the same money. Get them shipped to the house for free as with all the boxes etc. Always a good idea to put the goods inside a tyvex bag or two inside the padded envelope to maximize the protect.
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    A couple of thing on the envelopes if you guys don't know.... The paper letter size envelopes are flat rate. I don't know if mold would work well in that. The padded letter size is also flat rate but almost no *** keep them in stock. Can order on line. Bit more expensive on shipping. The larger tyvek envelopes are NOT flat rate! They are priority mail as is everything now, but you pay by the weight! Be careful it would be expensive for a mold. Be careful on the envelopes! Yes PayPal is still cheaper. Type in your​ address and use them.

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    Andy:
    There are two flat rate envelopes besides the padded one, one letter size, the other legal size, a little longer. PO's stock only the letter size, the legal size must be ordered from USPS supplies. The Tyvek envelopes are unbreakable in my experience but they are by weight, not flat rate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    As far as I understand there is only one flat rate envelope and that is the padded one with bubble wrap adhered to the inside. The other priority envelope I have seen is not a flat rate. I could be mistaken though. Thanks for the tip on using your own box inside the flat rate envelope, that's a good idea and gives you more size/protection than the SFRB for a minimum of hassle. Even factoring the box cost it would be very useful for those items that would fit in a 3x6x8 but not in a 1.6x5.4x8.6 (SFRB), that extra 1.4" of width really would come in handy for a variety of items I don't want in just an envelope so I'm going to keep what you mentioned in mind.

    I am glad to have everyone posting their own tips to this thread, I am not an expert shipper by any means and I am glad to be learning from the experiences of others.
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    I bookmarked this web site with postal rates. Some of the earlier conversations may not have stated that some of the cost, weight, and certain box issues pertain to whether or not you claim you are commercial.

    https://pe.usps.com/text/dmm300/Notice123.htm#2682960

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    I believe you have to go through a process that only large companies bother with to be a commercial shipping entity with USPS (paypal, ebay, stamps.com etc). The easy workaround is to ship via paypal/shipnow as that lets you get commercial rates through an easy to use platform. There are two levels of commercial pricing and you used to be able to access the first by printing labels off the usps website but they removed that option last year so we're stuck with ebay/paypal/other large shipping websites if we want commercial rates from my knowledge on it.

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    Just Shipped my first Package with Pp and Saved 40 cents... It was a small box.
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    USPS rates are increasing in January 2018. You can read the increase information at:
    http://blog.stamps.com/2017/10/26/us...rate-increase/
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    Help Needed!!
    I set up an online account with the USPS in order to ship regional rate. I can't seem to get the regional rates to come up on the USPS web site no matter what I do. Is there a special trick to this???

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    Quote Originally Posted by JRLesan View Post
    Help Needed!!
    I set up an online account with the USPS in order to ship regional rate. I can't seem to get the regional rates to come up on the USPS web site no matter what I do. Is there a special trick to this???
    Regional rate boxes are not considered flat rate. You have to enter a weight and then they will pop up if your overall weight is appropriate for the regional rate box.

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    I know that regional rate boxes are not flat rate. I also know that they have weight limits. I did put in a weight well under the 15lb limit for the 'A' box. I also did not checkmark 'priority'. The only thing that 'popped' up was the (few cents) discounted rate for flat rate mailing. Something else is wrong...

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    Nevermind. Got it, finally...

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