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Old 07-23-2010, 08:13 AM
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I got this today in an email. I'll use it to judge shipping charges from all online shops, including Ebay.

Some examples of orders that can be shipped in a flat rate envelope
4 Charm Packs
A small ruler + 3 Charm Packs + 2 Patterns
1 Jelly Roll + 2 Charm Packs
1 Layer Cake (folded in half) + 1 Charm Pack
3 Yards of Fabric
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Old 07-23-2010, 08:21 AM
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I don't know about that??
a jelly roll is 2 1/2" thick. my PO wont let me mail in the flat rate cardboard envelopes with it hoved up.has to be uniform thickness.
one PO wouldn't even let me ship in one if I reinforced the seal with tape.
I always err on the side of caution as once I had a package that arrived to the buyer with postage due because of this
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Old 07-23-2010, 08:22 AM
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Originally Posted by BellaBoo
I got this today in an email. I'll use it to judge shipping charges from all online shops, including Ebay.

Some examples of orders that can be shipped in a flat rate envelope
4 Charm Packs
A small ruler + 3 Charm Packs + 2 Patterns
1 Jelly Roll + 2 Charm Packs
1 Layer Cake (folded in half) + 1 Charm Pack
3 Yards of Fabric
Well, that is a *safe* estimate for sure. I just folded 7 total yards and put it in a FRE. Saved about $15 shipping to Australia. If you can fit it in a gallon ziplock, it will fit in the FRE.
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Old 07-23-2010, 08:23 AM
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Originally Posted by mlaceruby
one PO wouldn't even let me ship in one if I reinforced the seal with tape.
The rule on that is a single piece of tape across the seal to reinforce. That's not just "if they want to". That is the policy. It can't wrap around to the front though.
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Old 07-23-2010, 08:52 AM
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I got a jelly roll from a an online shop in a FRE. It was taped all around with packing tape too. The post office has to be shown their own rules sometimes! I know some of the clerks in my local post office get on a high horse about what they think is the rule. I have written to the post master general with pictures of what was refused and I have taken my reply right to the clerk who refused to mail the package as I had it. They see their name in the letter to the PMG and they start learning the rules as written not what they were told by other employees or bosses.
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Old 07-23-2010, 08:54 AM
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Is that on their website anywhere?
good to know and I want to print it and take with me!
we are in a rural area and most PO have one clerk(the postmaster)
they do what they want and you pay or they won't ship!

I had one about a year ago refuse to charge me flat rate on a box(with the big red flat rate seal on it) said she had never heard of such a thing all priority was by weight and destination! Honest!
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Good idea!
will keep that in mind for the next time!
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I've managed to get 6+ yards in a FRE - but it's a struggle!

My post office will accept it if the envelope has not been enlarged.

In fact, a couple of times the clerk has added more tape to it to reinforce it.

I've gotten things from e-bay that were lumpy.
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Today I got 2 Moda jelly rolls from a seller on ebay in a flat-rate envelope.
I've also gotten lots of yardage in one. Not even wrinkled!
No joke.
There are some very reputable sellers on ebay who charge very little for shipping fabric. You can get many more than 2 charm packs in a flat-rate envelope. I got 5 once plus other yardage in one. PM me if you want some good ebay sellers of fabric.
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Originally Posted by mlaceruby
Is that on their website anywhere?
good to know and I want to print it and take with me!
we are in a rural area and most PO have one clerk(the postmaster)
they do what they want and you pay or they won't ship!

I had one about a year ago refuse to charge me flat rate on a box(with the big red flat rate seal on it) said she had never heard of such a thing all priority was by weight and destination! Honest!
Envelope size: 9-1/2 X 12-1/2 inches.
One low price for any mailable item sent in a flat-rate envelope provided by the Postal Service, regardless of weight or U.S. destination.

You can print Priority Mail labels with postage with Click-N-Ship at USPS.com and receive a price reduction.

When sealing a flat-rate envelope, the container flaps must be able to close within the normal folds. Tape may be applied to the flaps and seams to reinforce the container; provided the design of the container is not enlarged by opening the sides and the container is not reconstructed in any way.
Under the (?) on usps.com, flat rate envelope. I can't remember where I got the "single strip" info. Like, it's around there somewhere...you just gotta dig!

And when the flat-rate box came out? My most un-favoritest post office lady wanted to charge me regular. They know now that it's all flat-rate for me.
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