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Last Edited by boogsbobo January 15, 2011 at 09:43 AM
Here is a little trick I discovered for mailing things via the US Postal Service priority mail.

The normal, advertised size for flat-rate envelopes is 12-1/2" x 9-1/2". These are $4.95 to ship anything that fits.

The unadvertised, LEGAL SIZE envelopes also cost $4.95, and are considerably larger at 15" x 9-1/2". You must ask the postal workers behind the desk for these envelopes, as they are usually not on display.

This doesn't sound like a big difference, but i have been amazed at how much more fits inside the legal size. Consider that for shipping a box or thick object inside of an envelope you need a great deal of width to stretch around the sides. For a given object, the small envelope may fit a 6" wide item, and the legal size could fit an item of the same girth 9" wide - a considerable difference, and in my experience, almost always the cheapest way to ship items that will fit.

Great for saving on shipping with eBay!

get them online, shipped for free to your home. https://shop.usps.com/webapp/wcs/...y=10000002 thanks j0ey
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Last Edited by celeritini August 18, 2012 at 06:04 PM
You cannot pay for the $4.95 flat rate envelopes using PayPal yet. They only support the regular old $4.75 flat rate envelopes.

One more thing to go well with priority envelopes and boxes are the 2976-E customs clear envelopes. I have been using them for years as envelopes to hold my printed shipping label. No more using expensive sticky labels or using a bunch of time to tape your label on your package. Just print your label, put it inside the 2976-E then peel and stick that to your envelope/package.
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Quote from boogsbobo View Post :
Here is a little trick I discovered for mailing things via the US Postal Service priority mail.

The normal, advertised size for flat-rate envelopes is 12-1/2" x 9-1/2". These are $4.95 to ship anything that fits.

The unadvertised, LEGAL SIZE envelopes also cost $4.95, and are considerably larger at 15" x 9-1/2". You must ask the postal workers behind the desk for these envelopes, as they are usually not on display.

This doesn't sound like a big difference, but i have been amazed at how much more fits inside the legal size. Consider that for shipping a box or thick object inside of an envelope you need a great deal of width to stretch around the sides. For a given object, the small envelope may fit a 6" wide item, and the legal size could fit an item of the same girth 9" wide - a considerable difference, and in my experience, almost always the cheapest way to ship items that will fit.

Great for saving on shipping with eBay!
that's what she said
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Good idea. This should easily fit stuff that would go in a small flat rate box ($5.00 online) and probably a lot of things that would go in a medium box ($10.50 online). I'll have to pick some of these up. Thanks!
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Just order them online at USPS.com they are free, and have been available for a very long time now. Been using them for eBay and Notary work for a while.

Quote from boogsbobo View Post :
Here is a little trick I discovered for mailing things via the US Postal Service priority mail.

The normal, advertised size for flat-rate envelopes is 12-1/2" x 9-1/2". These are $4.95 to ship anything that fits.

The unadvertised, LEGAL SIZE envelopes also cost $4.95, and are considerably larger at 15" x 9-1/2". You must ask the postal workers behind the desk for these envelopes, as they are usually not on display.

This doesn't sound like a big difference, but i have been amazed at how much more fits inside the legal size. Consider that for shipping a box or thick object inside of an envelope you need a great deal of width to stretch around the sides. For a given object, the small envelope may fit a 6" wide item, and the legal size could fit an item of the same girth 9" wide - a considerable difference, and in my experience, almost always the cheapest way to ship items that will fit.

Great for saving on shipping with eBay!
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thankss i will def ask for these...i often squeeze items into the flat rate envelopes...these will give me some more room...repped!
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Legal Size Flat Rate [usps.com]

These are also nice, considering theyre free :]

Flat Rate Padded Envelopes [usps.com]
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Last edited by j0ey January 15, 2011 at 10:20 AM
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Yup. If you ship international a lot, look at the Priority large video boxes. They're quite a bit larger than the small flat rate box, but ship for the same price.
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Just make them so they will fit into your mailbox, make a post worker happy!! laugh out loud
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Legal Size Flat Rate [usps.com]

These are also nice, considering theyre free :]

Flat Rate Padded Envelopes [usps.com]
Do the flat rate padded ones also cost $4.95?
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Do the flat rate padded ones also cost $4.95?
yep [prioritymail.com]
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Yup. If you ship international a lot, look at the Priority large video boxes. They're quite a bit larger than the small flat rate box, but ship for the same price.
are these also the same price ($5.20) as the small flat rate box for domestic shipping? If so, thats another good deal.
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cool.. Thanks!
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are these also the same price ($5.20) as the small flat rate box for domestic shipping? If so, thats another good deal.
Unfortunately, those are zone-based for domestic shipping. The flat rate price is only for international shipping.
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Are these the tyvek-like envelopes?
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