Originally Posted by Steve Smith
Originally Posted by VLSI
For first class shipping, it won't ask for size, just weight up to 13oz. I buy 100 pack white poly 12x 15" bags on amazon.
Flat rate boxes are a type of priority mail boxes. There are basically three ways to ship priority:
Regional rate -by distance but not weightBring your own box - by distance and weight.
I rarely use my own box for Priority. USPS will ship Priority Mail boxes to you free of charge. There are several sizes which are not available in your Post Office. They like people to use the simple (and more expensive) option of Flat Rate boxes. I order the 1095 (16x14x4), the 1092 (13x12x3) and the shoe box 15x8x6. Those say "Mailing Box" instead of "Flat Rate".
For some it may not be worth the hassle of learning the ins and outs of it, but I save several hundred dollars each month by mailing 13 ounces or less by First Class and choosing the less expensive (weight/distance vs Flat Rate Box) option on Priority Mail.
Also look into Regional Rate Boxes! I use these 99% of the time when I dont ship 1st class mail. Sport Coats and most suits fit into the Regional Rate Box A which is cheaper then the medium flat rate.
If you sell on ebay, it is SUPER SIMPLE. In the shipping are they have the link that tells you the weight for ALL the available shipping methods, not really sure why this is so hard a concept to grasp. Just put in the weight and it will tell you which is cheaper.
Shipping a pair of pants...
1) are they over 13 ounce? YES ship priority, NO ship first class. (these are over 13 ounces)
2) What is the cheapest way to ship???? Cheapest way they fit is either my own package at $4.80 for priority or $4.99 for Legal Flat Rate or $5.04 for Regional Rate (these are from NJ to CT). I choose Legal Flat Rate for $.19 more as the packaging is free and I dont have to worry about the weight if I was off a few ounces. Now if they could not FIT in the flat rate envelope, I would choose a Regional Rate Box A.