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Thread: USPS flat rate box rates.
06-05-2011, 12:47 PM #11
Small boxes I recently sent were $5.20 instead of the $4.95 listed here so I believe rates have changed "again". These rates are within the US.
Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope $4.95
12-1/2" x 9-1/2"
Priority Mail Padded Flat Rate Envelope $4.95
12-1/2" x 9-1/2"
Priority Mail Legal Flat Rate Envelope $4.95
15" x 9-1/2"
Priority Mail Gift Card Flat Rate Envelope $4.95
10" x 7"
Priority Mail Small Flat Rate Envelope $4.95
10" x 6"Priority Mail Window Flat Rate Envelope $4.95
10" x 5"
Priority Mail Small Flat Rate Box $5.20
8-5/8" x 5-3/8" x 1-5/8"
Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box (FRB1) $10.95
11" x 8-1/2" x 5-1/2"
Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box (FRB2) $10.95
13-5/8" x 11-7/8" x 3-3/8"Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box (Domestic Addresses) $14.95
12" x 12" x 5-1/2"
Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box (APO/FPO/DPO Destinations) $12.95
12" x 12" x 5-1/2"
06-05-2011, 06:12 PM #12
Were those the online postage prices?
I know at the post office you pay a little more then what you would pay on the net is why I am asking, I just sent a small flat rate box for 4.95 yesterday but bought the postage online.
06-05-2011, 08:36 PM #13
I just sent out 8 orders of shrimp in the little boxes and they charged me $5.20 each. I just figured the post office raised their price again since you posted. They seem to raise their rates every year, it seems. That was the price at the PO.
I copied that post from the internet.
I see the medium and large flat rates are also higher, too. 45 Cents more for the large box and 25 cents for the medium.
Last edited by Lady Hobbs; 06-05-2011 at 08:41 PM.
11-12-2011, 07:38 PM #14
Pay no attention to these prices anymore folks.
Post office wants us to feel sorry for them because they are going broke but today I received a medium flat rate box that was $11.65 to ship and a large flat rate box that cost the sender $15.65.
Really? Two little boxes of plants and the total shipping was $27.30!!!!!
For Christmas, there goes the idea of sending gifts and instead it will be gift cards! Ridiculous. Last week I sent a 4 ft box Fed Ex for only $15.00.
11-12-2011, 10:56 PM #15
0Originally Posted by Lady Hobbs
There is a price increase scheduled in january as well. It can sometimes be cheaper to find/make your own box and then plug it into the various cost calculators on all the shipping services websites.
11-12-2011, 11:04 PM #16
The gift card rules vary by state.... you can find most of the particulars per state at this link:
For example, in Washington State, we have very consumer friendly gift card rules. For example, no expiration date and pretty strict limitations on fees.
11-12-2011, 11:22 PM #17
I guess that shipping floors me. I get a big box from PetSolutions full of food, dechlorinator and whatever, and I pay $12.95 for shipping. I'm beginning to think it's far cheaper to ship just grabbing your own box and let the USPS have their darned priorty boxes.
11-13-2011, 04:46 AM #18
Priority is not the way to go unless you are sending something heavy.
For example.... when you are mailing Michigan beach stones to Washington. ¬.¬
Generally speaking normal post will get where it needs to go in the same amount of time... and on the same trucks. Its just not guaranteed. Even so... if you live in one of those magical places where you mail always takes an extra day the priority doesn't override that extra PO delay. Because of where I live, I know that its literally impossible to next day mail me anything.
11-13-2011, 06:47 PM #19
I just checked, their prices haven't gone up again since Jan 1, 2011. The flat rate boxes are so much easier to use since you don't have to buy boxes and you know exactly what to charge for shipping. As an occasional shipper, I am not going to invest in a scale so I can estimate shipping.Originally Posted by i_am_511
11-13-2011, 08:43 PM #20
It's all in the boxes. I get my plants in the bottom or top box and only pay $8.50. The boxes in the middle are the ones that are far more to ship. Obviously you can't ship fish in the flat boxes.