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Old 05-03-2013, 01:53 PM   #1
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Greetings!

I'm making Mother's Day cards to sell on ebay, etc.

At first, I wanted to use "cushioned" mailers that I got from the Post Office to mail my cards to the buyer.

However, upon weighing, I noticed that even for just one card, the postage to use this cushioned bubble mailer is $2.07 because it is considered a "package" and not a flat letter.

I'm trying to "lower the price of my cards" in the hopes of them selling better.

I noticed that if I could send them in a "flat letter" Envelope, it would only cost $.46.

Does anyone have any ideas on where to find these envelopes so that it will cost me less?

Did I express myself accurately?

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Old 05-03-2013, 02:19 PM   #2
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Old 05-03-2013, 02:39 PM   #3
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I don't think there are any special "flat letter" envelopes. Just use any generic envelope that fits these requirements:
http://pe.usps.com/businessmail101/m...cs/letters.htm
...and then keep it under one ounce for the 46-cent price.

The bubbles in the cushioned envelope make it thicker than 1/4 inch so it makes that a "package" rather than a "letter".
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Old 05-03-2013, 03:26 PM   #4
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The problem is that if you make the cards to sell, you will need at least two envelopes: one for the card itself and then one in which to mail your card and envelope. That's not so hard-- you may even be able to get leftovers at Hallmark stores for not a lot of money.

But your card will not be able to be highly embellished-- if it is rigid, or the thicknesses uneven, or if it is too thick overall, it may get hit as having insufficient postage and sent back to you (or, worse, sent to your buyer with postage due).

I would also be concerned that my card, traveling in a plain envelope, might get damaged. If that happens, you will have an unhappy buyer. Are you prepared to issue refunds if your card is damaged in transit?
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:02 PM   #5
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I'm thinking that the extra envelope won't be the problem - the embellishments might add a 20-cent surcharge though.

I sold a card once (yeah, only once) through the mail. What I did was I put the card and its envelope inside a plastic bag, and then put that inside a bigger envelope. Then I bent it with my hands to simulate the card being bent by the machines. Also, I wanted to make sure that the entire combination was not too rigid (it needs to be able to be bent a little, without resistance, to lessen the chances of damage). And I slid it in between the gap on my paper cutter to make sure the entire combo was less than 1/4 inches.
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:02 PM   #6
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oops; double post!

But I did want to add that the card I made was 4.25 x 5.5". The envelope for it was slightly bigger. I stuck both of those in an envelope that was 5 x 7".
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I protect my cards by adding an additional layer of card stock or a thin piece of cardboard as a protective layer. I generally mail my card and matching envelope in an A7 envelope 5-1/4" x 7-1/4". This is cheaper than a padded envelope.
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Also make sure it is waterproofed. I got a bunch of mail the other day that was waterlogged as we had a big rain/snow storm. I wasn't too upset by having to dry my bills, but wouldn't have had as much success with a card.
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:39 AM   #9
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The shipping is the cost of business.
My cards are placed in clear bags (covering card and envie) to protect against moisture. Single cards are then sent in rigid mailers.
First class postage for 2 and 3 oz. is 1.69 if you buy online using paypal. This will also cover the cost of a tracking number.

Remember, you are responsible for getting your items to your customer in the same condition they bought ihemt. If it is bent, gets wet or gets lost, it is your responsibility.
Putting in your policies that it is the customer's responsibility to buy insurance is not true. I can guarantee you that if the item arrives damaged and they dispute the charges with paypal, you will lose, regardless of any insurance.

I've always thought it was better to be safe than sorry and that means charging more for shipping.
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