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Thread: Rules for USPS 1st Class Mail being inforced

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    Super Member donnajean's Avatar
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    USPS has new regulations for 1st Class Mail envelopes with 1/4" thickness restrictions. A 6x9" envelope which is the size that patterns fit in can go for 1st Class postage, but, if it is more than 1/4" thick, it has to go for the "large envelope" rate which is $.80 for 1st oz. instead of the $.44. They have a heavy cardborad measuring devise that if your envelope does not "fall" throught the slot, it does not meet the thickness requirement.

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    Thanks for the update.

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    If your envelope is more than 3/4" thick, it is considered a package and the rate is even higher. I guess it's still cheaper than driving!

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    I guess maybe you can send a Fat quarter in regular first class.... but not sure of the weight.

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    Also rates will be going up in April. Not the first ounce at .44, but the second ounce and so on. To be fair, the USPS loses money on the standard envelopes with only 1 ounce--it costs them .45. They aren't trying to gouge us, they are just trying to break even

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrapngmom
    They aren't trying to gouge us, they are just trying to break even
    I agree. And it's still cheaper than UPS of FedEx if you don't need overnight. If we want to have a postal service we should be willing to follow their rules regarding packaging & rates.

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    My post office has always been very strict; they've gotten more so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltsRfun
    Quote Originally Posted by scrapngmom
    They aren't trying to gouge us, they are just trying to break even
    I agree. And it's still cheaper than UPS of FedEx if you don't need overnight. If we want to have a postal service we should be willing to follow their rules regarding packaging & rates.
    I think many tend to forget this.
    The postal service has bills to pay too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebsShelties
    Quote Originally Posted by quiltsRfun
    Quote Originally Posted by scrapngmom
    They aren't trying to gouge us, they are just trying to break even
    I agree. And it's still cheaper than UPS of FedEx if you don't need overnight. If we want to have a postal service we should be willing to follow their rules regarding packaging & rates.
    I think many tend to forget this.
    The postal service has bills to pay too.
    I know they have bills to pay, however, when I go into the PO at 3:30 PM and have to wait for 30 mins to get to the clerk, because it is a 2 station office and 1 of them went to lunch - PO closes at 4:30PM & they started at 7:30AM - I get a little upset.
    Are PO people are good, it's the subs that come in that cause the problems.

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    I posted what I thought was an informative post regarding post office rules for mailing 1st Class mail as I know some mail FQ's or blocks. I was not complaining about the post office. It is sad that my post has prompted some negative replys & I apologize for starting the topic.


    Quote Originally Posted by scrapngmom
    Also rates will be going up in April. Not the first ounce at .44, but the second ounce and so on. To be fair, the USPS loses money on the standard envelopes with only 1 ounce--it costs them .45. They aren't trying to gouge us, they are just trying to break even

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    Donnajean
    I didn't take your post as a complaint at all.
    It was indeed an informative message.
    Don't be sad if someone can't read it as it's written.
    It is like selective hearing.
    Thanks.

    [quote=donnajean]I posted what I thought was an informative post regarding post office rules for mailing 1st Class mail as I know some mail FQ's or blocks. I was not complaining about the post office. It is sad that my post has prompted some negative replys & I apologize for starting the topic.

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    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-94508-3.htm

    Here's is the link to our previous conversation on this topic...(I think)...page 3 has the link to the Handy Dandy guide that was mentioned. Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JUNEC
    Quote Originally Posted by DebsShelties
    Quote Originally Posted by quiltsRfun
    Quote Originally Posted by scrapngmom
    They aren't trying to gouge us, they are just trying to break even
    I agree. And it's still cheaper than UPS of FedEx if you don't need overnight. If we want to have a postal service we should be willing to follow their rules regarding packaging & rates.
    I think many tend to forget this.
    The postal service has bills to pay too.
    I know they have bills to pay, however, when I go into the PO at 3:30 PM and have to wait for 30 mins to get to the clerk, because it is a 2 station office and 1 of them went to lunch - PO closes at 4:30PM & they started at 7:30AM - I get a little upset.
    Are PO people are good, it's the subs that come in that cause the problems.
    So they are not allowed to get sick, have lunch breaks etc.? A little patience does wonders. They do not always get to determine when they get breaks. Maybe go to the post office sooner and perhaps have less of a wait?
    Just like any business, there are slow times, and busy times.
    Patience.

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    I thought it was already more if it was over 1/4". I use stamps.com and on the letters option it says 'up to 1/4" thick. if bigger select large envelopes' for the postage rate. I'm sure it's been this way for at least a year, if not more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gale
    I thought it was already more if it was over 1/4". I use stamps.com and on the letters option it says 'up to 1/4" thick. if bigger select large envelopes' for the postage rate. I'm sure it's been this way for at least a year, if not more.
    You are right Gale. I've seen the 1/4" slot devices at a number of post offices. I think the difference is that before they would only put it through if it was really obvious to prevent arguments from customers and it seems that now they are checking each and every at some places. Belt tightening I guess.

    BTW, the little post office I use has wonderful people. Even if I have to stand in line, the two clerks that work there acknowledge the fact that you are waiting while not rushing the older person who is having trouble navigating all the options for posting something or patiently explaining how to fill out a customs form to someone who has never done one.

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    Our local PO isn't great but the other one (which strangely is closer, but not our "official PO" is. But it scares me. The lady there is so convinced I know so much about postage she doesn't even check or weigh my packages anymore. She just tells dh she trusts that I have the right postage on it. I sure hope I don't mess up and end up getting a pkg back, or worse, having a recipient have to pay postage due.

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