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Old 10-21-2012, 08:27 PM   #21
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:28 PM   #22
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Re: PSA: Please... Ship Smart. Save money, time, frustration!

Here is another very useful tip : If you want to use Regional Rate boxes for Paypal shipping, there is a way to do it even though Paypal is behind the times, and RR Priority Flat Rate boxes are not options on their drop-down menus.

To print postage for a RR "A" box, simply choose Service Type: Priority Mail, then choose Package Size: Package/Thick Envelope, enter the dimensions of whichever RR box you're using (can be found at usps.com so you don't have to measure it), then enter the weight as 2 LBS. The cost will be equal to the cost of a RR A box, shipped anywhere in the country (varies by location).

Follow the same exact steps to ship a RR "B" box, only enter the weight as 4 LBS.

Your printed postage is still for Priority Mail, and in the exact amount it should be for shipping RR FRBs at the 2lb for A and 4lb for B rates.

This is an easy way to still be able to use Paypal shipping when you want to ship using Regional Flat Rate Priority boxes. HTH!




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Old 10-22-2012, 05:21 AM   #23
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Here is another very useful tip : If you want to use Regional Rate boxes for Paypal shipping, there is a way to do it even though Paypal is behind the times, and RR Priority Flat Rate boxes are not options on their drop-down menus.

To print postage for a RR "A" box, simply choose Service Type: Priority Mail, then choose Package Size: Package/Thick Envelope, enter the dimensions of whichever RR box you're using (can be found at usps.com so you don't have to measure it), then enter the weight as 2 LBS. The cost will be equal to the cost of a RR A box, shipped anywhere in the country (varies by location).

Follow the same exact steps to ship a RR "B" box, only enter the weight as 4 LBS.

Your printed postage is still for Priority Mail, and in the exact amount it should be for shipping RR FRBs at the 2lb for A and 4lb for B rates.

This is an easy way to still be able to use Paypal shipping when you want to ship using Regional Flat Rate Priority boxes. HTH!




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Never underestimate the cleverness of DS mamas! You ought to add this tip in my cross-post in Off Topic Discussions. Seems like that thread is viewed 3x as much as this one!
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Re: PSA: Please... Ship Smart. Save money, time, frustration!

But if there's nothing fragile in your package - use an envelope, not a box! A box will add between 7 to 10 ounces to your shipping weight. Order polymailers from eBay (dirt cheap when purchased in big lots) for non-breakable things, where you need to minimize your shipping weight.

I always recycle padded envelopes and polymailers that I get in the mail. Why throw away after one use? And check freecycle - people are giving away huge lots of used mailing envelopes. I have long since stopped buying polymailers, with all the free used shipping materials out there.


can I ask a newbie shipping question? I've never sent anything that wasn't flat in an envelope (tyvec also). do people use those tyvec priority envelopes for shipping diapers? do big, squishy packages get returned or are they acceptable to USPS?
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:59 PM   #25
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But if there's nothing fragile in your package - use an envelope, not a box! A box will add between 7 to 10 ounces to your shipping weight. Order polymailers from eBay (dirt cheap when purchased in big lots) for non-breakable things, where you need to minimize your shipping weight.

I always recycle padded envelopes and polymailers that I get in the mail. Why throw away after one use? And check freecycle - people are giving away huge lots of used mailing envelopes. I have long since stopped buying polymailers, with all the free used shipping materials out there.


can I ask a newbie shipping question? I've never sent anything that wasn't flat in an envelope (tyvec also). do people use those tyvec priority envelopes for shipping diapers? do big, squishy packages get returned or are they acceptable to USPS?
Yes, I use the Priority Tyvek envelopes on occasion. Once in a blue moon. They are great for shipping clothing, diapers, or other nonfragile items over a SHORT distance, such as within the same state or the next state. If you're shipping farther than that, chances are you will save a bundle by putting your items in a padded flat rate envelope instead (~$5 flat). The Tyvek ones do hold more, but those are priced by weight, and priority by weight can get expensive fast.

Note about these tyvek envelopes - they seem super sturdy, but they've been known to get torn. And the closure flap will burst open if it's stuffed to the max. I would double-envelope (the envelopes are free so why not), plus secure the flap with priority tape.

For items going in USPS-provided priority boxes or envelopes, as long as the package can close on its closure tabs, the shape and bulk of it doesn't matter. (You're allowed to reinforce with tape.) So stuff away! I've shipped some priority boxes that looked positively obese. But a word of caution about the regular flat rate envelopes. (I'm referring to the card-stock ones, not the padded flat rate.) Some post offices will charge extra postage if you overstuff these and they bulge too much. Doesn't really make sense since the flat rate motto is "if it fits, it ships", but I did have one package that the destination PO charged the recipient an extra $5 because they claimed I "reconfigured" the envelope since it was so rounded. So they basically charged her what it would have cost to go regular priority instead of flat rate. I argued until they refunded the overcharge, but after that I always made sure to ship in padded flat rate envelopes (which only cost 20 cents more than the card-stock flat rate, can bulge as much as you want, and hold lots more anyway).
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Region rate boxes - I ordered a bunch and they are sitting in my living room. Does USPS website - click and ship have these as an option?

I've never noticed it on Paypal.

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You can print on Paypal. Choose package weight 2 lb 0 oz (for regional B it's 3 lb 0 oz) and click on the spot underneath to show postage value on label. My post office accepts it as it's the same postage amount and I ship at least 2 dozen regionals a week
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You can print on Paypal. Choose package weight 2 lb 0 oz (for regional B it's 3 lb 0 oz) and click on the spot underneath to show postage value on label. My post office accepts it as it's the same postage amount and I ship at least 2 dozen regionals a week
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