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Old 10-26-2018, 06:39 AM   #1
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I keep noticing the price of shipping going up and now it seems one can only ship priority when the weight of the box goes over a pound. Before I start looking into options, has anyone else looked into alternate options for mailing our donations? I would rather put any savings into supplies and send more cards than pay for priority shipping when there isn’t really a rush.
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Old 10-27-2018, 01:23 PM   #2
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I am not sure how many cards you are talking about, but I usually do about 20. I pack them in a manila envelope and ask the USPO to mail this book rate. It usually cost me about $2.66 to send them this way. It might take a day or two longer, but they always get there.
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I usually send about that many, so that’s great help. I was once told (at my PO) that I had to send them in a box but I am realizing it just depends on who you ask. I guess I’m just going to have to figure out which window to avoid at my local office
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I take mine to my local post office and they have gotten to know me. I never use a box unless I have a large number of cards, but then it would be cheaper to just break them down in several manila envelopes.
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My Post Office will not give me book rate for cards. They said it must be all "printed material" and I suppose that they mean commercially printed. Rubber stamps and washi tape don't count, lol. But, if I were you, I would just continue to accept whatever your P.O. says, as it's quite a bit cheaper than at mine.

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I’ve tried sending them in manilla envelopes and was told they (the envelopes) are only for documents; essentially the envelope has to stay completely flat. I was told the same for bubble envelopes... why anyone would need to send flat documents in a bubble envelope is beyond me
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