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Thread: Priority flat rate question

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    Super Member mcdaniel023's Avatar
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    Does anyone have the answer to this?
    Is the flat rate not really a flat rate? I was mailing a baby quilt which fit into a flat rate envelope. I thought the charge was $4.90. They charged me $7.50. When I questioned her she said it was because it was going to Manhattan. So, what is the point of flat rate? (This did not include insurance or confimation)

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    It should not have been 7.50!!!! I would talk to the postmaster about that!!!! I ship flat rate everyday!

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    Quote Originally Posted by marsye
    It should not have been 7.50!!!! I would talk to the postmaster about that!!!! She may have pocketed the difference! I ship flat rate everyday!
    i am thinking maybe I got the wrong info to start with. I don't think it was flat rate envelope. Do they make a flat rate envelope???? Now I am really confused.

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    The flat rate envie is ridged..and small. you must of gotten the other envie..that is like paper,with plastic..(tyvek?)

    http://www.usps.com/shipping/prioritymail.htm

    you could not of gotten a baby quilt in it. i have stuffed 2 yards of folded fabric in a ridged one..and thats about all.

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    This is the flat rate envelope.
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    Yes, I think that is what happened. Thanks for the help.

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    Each flat rate box or envelope has a maximum weight for that rate. It is a flat rate until it reaches that max weight.

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    If you used the Tyvex envelope, it's not Flat Rate.
    I've been using the boxes/envelopes for so long, I can pretty much grab them with my eyes closed.
    The Tyvex one is just Priority and goes by weight.

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    The flat rate envelope on the front says there's not limits, as long as you can seal with the original seal alone, you can put as much as you want in there. I had a postman tell me it would not get where it was going and would come back to me because it was not "flat". I showed him where it says that and he said "well, good luck...i think it will come back to you for more postage" - what a dip.

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    Some people are so literal... "flat" to him meant the package had to be flat! That's so cute... or dippy!

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    Flat rate and Priority Mail boxes and envies look the same, with the exception of "Flat Rate" being on the ones that are limited prices.
    I found out the same way you did...

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    I have not had a problem from California. But it has to say flat rate and there are different sizes in the boxes, which can cost a lttle more.

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    I have to argue with the postal employee all the time. Each one tells me a different rule. One day I had the luck of having two of the workers there at the same time and asked which one was right. They got into an argument! The head guy came out and said they were both wrong. Does any postal worker know the rules at all? It's frustrating when you ask and get different answers.

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    I tried to use the flat rate envelope like Marsye posted and I had to put tape all arpound it as I had it really stuffed and the PO refused to take it. Like Esqmommy said -you can only use the seal that somes with it. I had to take my package back home with me and use different packaging and it ended up being cheaper and I could tape it all I wanted!

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    Our PO has samples and the prices in a case...it's kinda hard for them to argue with anyone now LMBO

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    i've sent flat rate that weighed a ton but was still the same rate. if you can squeeze it into the envelope, it's that rate. there are two sizes, wee and okay. each has it's own rate anywhere in the usa.

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    As for the adhesive question, some of those envelopes do not seal, even if it has only 1 sheet of paper in it. If that is the case, you need to show the defect to the postal employee, try another envelope, and move on.

    As for the rates, check out this website: http://pe.usps.com/cpim/ftp/manuals/.../Notice123.pdf

    This is a booklet that the Post Office puts out that should answer ALL of the questions you have about cost to ship. We use it at our office all the time, and have several of them around, just to make sure that we don't get overcharged. Some government employees are not the brightest, and some just don't know where to check to make sure they are giving you the right info. I recommend you print yourself a current copy, and take it with you in case there are any questions.

    And finally, there are also INTERNATIONAL flat-rate shipping containers, too. The small international box was something like $12.95 to mail in December '09 when I mailed to England. The box size? About the size of a VHS tape. Pricey, but easy. And my local PO worker didn't know there was a "flat rate international". The printed booklet helped.

    Odessa

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    i tried to squeeze way too much in the big one and couldn't close it. my post office lade lade squooshed it and taped it for me. LOL!

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    I individually wrap all my boxes. I try to enclose a good book or some magazines with what ever I am sending and then request "book rate" at post ofc. It is usually 1/3 to 1/2 of what the priorty or flat rates packages are and even tho it takes a few days more for recipient to receive it, it saves me alot of money.

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    my post office told me they're discontinuing media rates. who knows? the right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing.

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