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Thread: Priority Mail Padded Flat Rate Envelopes

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    Well, I got my padded envelopes today from the mailman.

    I never laughed so hard when he came to my door with this HUGE box (about 3 foot tall big and bulky).

    I ordered 10 padded envelopes and they sent me 10 x 10 ... 100 padded envelopes. What to do ... what to do... so I unpacked them and padded about every corner of my sewing room with envelopes!

    I will never use that many envelopes in 100 years.

    Thankfully, when I went to the post office to mail off some packages today - my first one being sent off in a padded envelope - the postal lady at the counter was all excited to see them. She said they aren't allowed to order any for their post office....so I said, well I know where you can get some....I'm going to bring you a small crate of them.

    So I hope to hand off about 80 of them to my post office next week.

    BTW, they are very nice.

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    Human error. That is funny.

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    Are you talking about the brownish/yellow envelopes that are lined with bubble wrap? Why can't the post office get them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmagee84
    Are you talking about the brownish/yellow envelopes that are lined with bubble wrap? Why can't the post office get them?
    No, they just started offering a Padded Flat Rate Envelope (they are white w/blue trim)...it's the $4.95 rate to ship them.

    You can order them for free for delivery to your home...but the post offices will not be stocking them, like they do the other priority mail boxes/envelopes.

    I think they just wanted to be able to offer them at their post office, even though they aren't suppose to have them stocked there....so my thinking, is if I do a good deed and bring them some, then they will let me send my "stuffed" envelopes without giving me a hard time....hehehe

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    snicker

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    One good turn deserves another. Post Office should be glad to be getting the business.

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    I just ordered some... thanks for the info..

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    Count yourself blessed.
    My padded envelopes come from Staples, and they're NOT free!
    But, they're the cat's meow for sending fabric.

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    Barb, are they as large as the flat-rate Priority envelopes??
    That's a funny story. I've done the same thing and just brought them to the post office as you're doing. I didn't need a zillion shoe box sizes lol

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    I am waiting to get mine. How stupid is that, that the PO can not order their own supplies? Where is the customer service, if the customers can not get the full range of supplies, IN the post office. More gov't bureaucracy in action.

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    I didn't know they made padded flat rates! I just placed an order for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    Barb, are they as large as the flat-rate Priority envelopes??
    That's a funny story. I've done the same thing and just brought them to the post office as you're doing. I didn't need a zillion shoe box sizes lol
    Yes they are the same size as the regular flat rate envelopes...I noticed that they seemed a little tighted to fit edge to edge stuff into it, but the good part is that it can poof out more easily...so it all equals out.

    I also got the legal sized flat rate envelopes...and I don't care for them much...they seem really flimsey...I still haven't used one yet...I was just practicing stuff things into it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SherriB
    I didn't know they made padded flat rates! I just placed an order for them.
    The padded and the legal ones are new ...

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    lol!

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    Thanks, Barb. I use flat-rate for my ebay business and will get some.

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    Mine didn't have any either. Maybe I should order them from you HAHAHAHAHA
    I'm going to the USPS website today :)

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    I stopped into my local post office this morning and took them 50 envelopes...they were so giddy to get them.

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    Hi Barb,

    I ordered a batch and haven't received them yet. Just wondering how many yards will fit in there with the padding? I'm on a mission to beat the post office with getting flat-rate benefits by using envelopes!

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    It took longer than usual for my padded and legal envelopes to arrive, so they may be a little slow getting them produced and shipped.

    I didn't think you could get more in them, but it made it easier for me to get more puffy stuff into it.

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    Thank you - I also found APO/FPO flat rate envelopes and I never noticed them before so maybe they've just added those, as well.

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    Some of the flat rate boxes I can only get at the downtown office and not at the smaller offices.
    I'll have to check out the website.

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    website is the best...order on line...free delivery to your front door...order as much or as little as you want. some of them have a minimum quantity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apronlady
    Hi Barb,

    I ordered a batch and haven't received them yet. Just wondering how many yards will fit in there with the padding? I'm on a mission to beat the post office with getting flat-rate benefits by using envelopes!
    Ok, update on this...I was able to get 7.5 yards in a padded FRE! That's alot for me...I'm not as good as these other quilters that can get 9yds in a regular FRE.

    The poofyness of it didn't detract from being able to seal it...I like them alot better than the cardboard FRE.

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