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Old 02-27-2017, 02:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Belfrybat View Post
I'm debating whether to participate this month. Will ponder for a couple of days to decide. Postage is getting more and more expensive.
Get the flat rate padded envelopes. They have to be ordered online, but they are free. I think it it is a little under $7.00 to mail. I stuff it to the gills. Usually have my hubby hold it shut while I tape it. Also I found out from the post office if it is within your state, don't use flat rate, just send priority as it will be cheaper in the long run. I send so much out for my non-profit I had to start asking questions because of the costs of things. Hope this helps and you will reconsider staying in.
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Old 02-27-2017, 02:15 PM
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I almost missed the cut off. Sending mine in here in a few minutes. For some reason I keep thinking it is March and there should be more days in the month. Guess I am hurrying spring along.
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Old 02-27-2017, 02:17 PM
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Originally Posted by catjo View Post
Get the flat rate padded envelopes. They have to be ordered online, but they are free. I think it it is a little under $7.00 to mail. I stuff it to the gills. Usually have my hubby hold it shut while I tape it. Also I found out from the post office if it is within your state, don't use flat rate, just send priority as it will be cheaper in the long run. I send so much out for my non-profit I had to start asking questions because of the costs of things. Hope this helps and you will reconsider staying in.
That's what I use, but postage has gone up yet again. Second time in a year for Priority.
And if the address you are sending to is in your region, Priority Regional Rate is the best to use. I can send in Texas for as little as $6.50, and that is a box about the size of a Medium Priority Flat Rate box.

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Old 02-27-2017, 02:48 PM
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Never heard of the Regional rate. That is good to know. Thank you for clueing me in on that one. I hope you can swing it. Hate to lose swappers, as this is such a great group of gals.
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Old 02-27-2017, 02:49 PM
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Never heard of the Regional rate. That is good to know. Thank you for clueing me in on that one. I hope you can swing it. Hate to lose swappers, as this is such a great group of gals.


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Old 02-28-2017, 09:22 PM
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Hi all missed last month as I had too much going on and was out of town for a few days too. And it looks like I will sit out this month too. I hope to be in for April though.
A couple of things I can contribute: a few years ago I sent some packages international and discovered that padded flat rate could be sent with a weight limit of 4# or less, when the domestic price was $6.30-ish the international price was around $26. I checked on the usps site and the domestic price for the flat rate padded envelope is $7.20 and international to Austrailia is $33.95, Uk is 32.95, and Canada is 23.95, and the cardboard flat rate envelopes (only checked Canada) was the same price as padded. And a large envelope that is not priority going to Canada was --for 3 lbs. 24.95 and 4 # was 36.50. I imagine the overseas would be proportionally more as the flat rate ratio.
One more bit of info when I mailed my first overseas (not Canada) package I just had it in a padded manilla type envelope (not flat rate), it weight a pound or just a few oz more and it was about $26, it was all sealed etc. the clerk let me know that overseas would be the same price up to 4 pounds and after that I also discovered flat rate can be sent with the international postage prices.

Hope this helps some with thoughts on sending international.

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Old 03-01-2017, 12:59 PM
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Thank you all for information on mailing international. I learned a lot!!
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Old 03-01-2017, 02:23 PM
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I have finished with the names. If you did not get your secret pal information please send me a message. I will be happy to resend the information to you. Have fun and don't forget to send me a message when you mail and when you receive your package!!!
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I have my secret pal. I could not find any fun facts about your home town, so I went with your state. Your state is one of only two places in the world where star garnets can be found in any significant quantities (India is the other)I have started your box.
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I have my pal, have had you before.... I know what you want.
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