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Thread: USPS First Class Letter Thickness Tester

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    Thank you so much,my DH is always putting extra stamps on letters he thinks are "too heavy". Now I'll have some extra loot for fabric!!!

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    Thanks-- being overseas this helps me a lot when others mail to me.

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    Thank you so much. Great tool, I will use often.

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    When I retired from my job my boss gave me the little postage scale so I can test my envelopes at home and know how much postage to put.

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    All post offices have these boards and will give them out upon request. That is why they were printed - for the customer. BTW, they are free. (Also a retired postal employee.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyjami
    I have created a visio with a box that can be cut out (once you print out this pdf on cardstock or just glue paper to a cardstock holder).

    I saw that they use a tool just like this in the post office to test our letters. If it doesn't fly through, they ask for more postage! It fails as a letter and needs Package rate postage (roughly double!).

    Many of us send blocks in the mail and I'm am so irritated at how many have come back to me lately.

    I hope this helps you! Let me know if there is a way to improve the instructions and I'll edit it with your input!

    Thanks, Jami
    Thanks Jami! It reminds me of the test for caving. If you can fit through this box you can go. :)

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    I never know how much extra postage to add. Thanks.

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    Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyjami
    I have created a visio with a box that can be cut out (once you print out this pdf on cardstock or just glue paper to a cardstock holder).

    I saw that they use a tool just like this in the post office to test our letters. If it doesn't fly through, they ask for more postage! It fails as a letter and needs Package rate postage (roughly double!).

    Many of us send blocks in the mail and I'm am so irritated at how many have come back to me lately.

    I hope this helps you! Let me know if there is a way to improve the instructions and I'll edit it with your input!

    Thanks, Jami
    I asked at the PO and they gave me one of theirs...and yes, it has to pass through that slot without touching anywhere..or it gets DOUBLE postage...The last lot of 35 blocks I sent out cost me nearly $40! When you do that twice for one swap you just spent all the money you would use for a backing & batting!
    The USPS is killing swaps for sure! At least the 1 on 1 swaps...more swaps need to be centralized..it would be MUCH cheaper!

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    Yeah, the swaps are really hard on the pocket book. Especially the big ones.

    I found that out the hard way too. I had them coming back to me and then found out that most needed hand stamped, so that is .64 cents.

    If it doesn't fit in the slot or has bumps, then it goes as a small package at a $1.17. Unfortunately, doing a lot of stitching blocks makes for bumps.

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