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guywithanaccountnow's avatar

If you have a tiny flat item to ship, does it qualify for USPS's letter rate?

Asked by guywithanaccountnow (313 points ) January 23rd, 2013

And by the way, how would one go about printing a label of matching size? Is it possible, or would you have to just stamp and write on the package yourself?

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Judi's avatar

You can pay an extra few cents to hand cancel it. We sold some coins on eBay and they got lost in the machine. I would highly recommend you pay the little bit or you might lose your items.

AstroChuck's avatar

If it’s not oversized and weighs less than an ounce, then yes.

jaytkay's avatar

The USPS site says:
“Minimum 3–½ inches x 5 inches
Any item smaller than the minimum dimensions is not mailable.”

Pachy's avatar

Best thing is to take it to the post office and have them give you the facts in person. And don’t trust the self-service machine.

tedd's avatar

You would have to put it in a regular envelope, it would have to fit in said envelope, and it would have to weigh less than the restriction (or you’d have to use enough postage to cover the additional weight). I believe it’s 8.5 ounces on one stamp, but don’t quote me on that.

njnyjobs's avatar

You can buy and print postage online at usps.com. the printed postage will also serve as your shipping label….choose First Class postage and provide the package weight. With this label you can drop your letter in any USPS mailbox…. additionally, purchasing a shipping postage/label online provides your mail with a tracking number.

wildpotato's avatar

Yes, you can. Make sure to write “Non-Machineable” on the letter.

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