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Old 02-29-2008, 08:19 PM
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I never opened the sweater package, i had it sent back for postage. lol. I had paid $13 shipping, and it arrived first class and underweighed to the point it cost 97 cents to send.

The 2nd one i'm not sure what happened, i brought it to my PO after i had opened it, and they took the box
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Old 03-01-2008, 11:56 AM
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Fordie - When I price stuff I list, I factor in the cost of the flat rate envelope and not use prices based on weight. In effect I am passing on the savings to the end buyer. In fact, I have been listing my domestic ebay shipping costs as $7.05, Canada at $20.99, and Rest of World at $23.75. Normally these would be $11.45 domestic PM, $25 for Canada and over $30 for rest of world (using Express Mail for International and not PM) if I did not use the flat rate envelopes. So as you can see I am passing on the costs to the end buyer which would make make auctions, hopefully, more noticeable due to the lower shipping costs.
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Old 03-01-2008, 12:56 PM
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[QUOTE=idalis;761004]It doesn't matter what the hell your PO "thinks" the rules are, the rules in the postal regulations state that you can put ANYTHING in there that will fit (no such thing as "too bulky"), so long as you do not open up and reassemble the envelope to a different shape, and the flap closes on its own. You can then TAPE over the flap and seams as well. This is all right in the regulations.

BTW i don't fold mine like that joan. lol. I fold them in half, then in thirds.[/QUOTE]

Me too! The USPS is getting enough of our money; at least we can cram jeans in the flat rate envelopes!
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Old 03-01-2008, 12:58 PM
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I'm the biggest risk taker and deal-passer-onner there is. I ship international in the Priority flat rate, and charge only $17 ($14.50 canada)
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Old 03-01-2008, 01:22 PM
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I'm the biggest risk taker and deal-passer-onner there is. I ship international in the Priority flat rate, and charge only $17 ($14.50 canada)
Just so we all know...it IS a risk!
(I know YOU know it boss..we just don't want anyone else not realizing)

I don't take those...
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Old 03-01-2008, 01:25 PM
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Yes, it's unsafe. period. i've said it a million times. lol.

For the amount of business i do, 1 loss is not going to destroy me financially, as i have plenty set aside to cover a loss/self-insure
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Old 03-01-2008, 01:42 PM
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omg, I just now saw this thread and last week I mailed out three pairs of jeans and I did them the same way as Joan, sure saved me on shipping but I felt bad thinking that the buyer was gonna think bad of me for stuffing them in this tiny little flat rate envelope. Good to know now that I'm not the only one to ship like this!

BTW, I have priority tape (that I got free from the usps online) that I use to seal up the pkgs and to put on the labels..........so they def can't say anything to me and I also save on clear tape!!

All three pairs of jeans though cost me $7.05 each including insurance = $4.60 priority + $2.45 insurance.
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Old 03-01-2008, 05:37 PM
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I'm the biggest risk taker and deal-passer-onner there is. I ship international in the Priority flat rate, and charge only $17 ($14.50 canada)
I've done that as well. The jeans arrived just fine--I've shipped to Canada, Great Britain, Singapore, and Italy and others and they were all shipped in the flat rate Priority envelopes.

So that's taking a risk?
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Old 03-01-2008, 05:39 PM
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It's got no tracking.

Well, the kicker is... it DOES have a barcode for tracking, but no one seems to SCAN IT!!

I'm going to attempt something new.... gonna buy some stickers that say "PLEASE SCAN" and put them on and see if anywhere will scan them
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Old 03-01-2008, 05:44 PM
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Yeah, just use the flat rate so it isn't an issue, because food scales are not accurate enough for this purpose, and there's a significant difference in cost between 1 pound and 1 pound 1 oz!

I received a sweater once in cut in half tyvek, where the seller had printed first class postage for 2 OUNCES. LOL. A single sheet of paper letter weighs 2 ounces. I turned her in.

I received jeans in a priority BOX with flat rate envelope postage on it. I turned her in.

I've had other packages with flat rate env. postage that were not in flat rate packaging too. I didn't turn anyone else in i don't think, because they hadn't pissed me off some other way

I am like AMAZED that people do this! OMG, I always round up so I can make sure it's correct! It would NEVER occur to me to print out a flat rate envelope postage and put it on a box! I mean, I'm all for cramming the jeans in a flat rate envelope to get cheaper postage but outright doing it wrong si just well, WRONG!

People kill me. . .
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Old 03-01-2008, 05:45 PM
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It's got no tracking.

Well, the kicker is... it DOES have a barcode for tracking, but no one seems to SCAN IT!!

I'm going to attempt something new.... gonna buy some stickers that say "PLEASE SCAN" and put them on and see if anywhere will scan them
I thought that was an oversight when it happened to me! Are you serious? No tracking??????
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Old 03-01-2008, 05:56 PM
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Yup. I don't understand why. The site even leads you to believe it is. But it ain't. Priority of all other types is, but not the flat rate. I'll let you know if i succeed in getting anything scanned
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^ they're free
Yes, they are free, but I have a stinking suspicion that the postal rates keep going up due to the excessive use of the "free" mailing supplies. People don't use stamps much anymore due to email but since the advent of eBay, we are using the hell out of the free mailing supplies. I know use the el-cheapo ziploc bags to cut down on my waste of postal Tyvek's.
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Yes, they are free, but I have a stinking suspicion that the postal rates keep going up due to the excessive use of the "free" mailing supplies. People don't use stamps much anymore due to email but since the advent of eBay, we are using the hell out of the free mailing supplies. I know use the el-cheapo ziploc bags to cut down on my waste of postal Tyvek's.
Good point! Where do you find cheap & big ziploc bags? Store brand?
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Old 03-01-2008, 09:38 PM
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i use ziploc bags too..when i have extra or if i remember to pick some up at the store.
one thing i don't like about them though..the edges can get kind of pointy if you don't tape them down really good. i'm always worried that they'll go through the flat rate envelope.
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Old 03-02-2008, 01:03 PM
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I have always found that items sent to me without tracking arrive QUICKER than priority and sometimes even express . I think its because untracked items just get dropped off with my other post-tracked stuff comes separately in a van-sometimes royal mail, sometimes parcel force It's obviously cheaper too LOL. My postlady does tend to just leave those packages outside though if I'm not in, which bugs a bit as anyone could easily take them-I've even had a lady who lives in the next street with the same door number as me, come round with one of my packages that was left outside HER door!

If I'm offered a choice between first class and priority, I usually choose first class because its quicker, unless its higher value
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I have always found that items sent to me without tracking arrive QUICKER than priority and sometimes even express . I think its because untracked items just get dropped off with my other post-tracked stuff comes separately in a van-sometimes royal mail, sometimes parcel force It's obviously cheaper too LOL. My postlady does tend to just leave those packages outside though if I'm not in, which bugs a bit as anyone could easily take them-I've even had a lady who lives in the next street with the same door number as me, come round with one of my packages that was left outside HER door!

If I'm offered a choice between first class and priority, I usually choose first class because its quicker, unless its higher value
I have noticed this, too, when sending packages internationally!
Priority mail is SO much more expensive than first class and yet it seems to take longer!
They rarely update the tracking, too..
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Thanks for the info & link to the postal rules. I used the flat rate envelopes a few times but was told by the postal employee that no tape is allowed.
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It's got no tracking.

Well, the kicker is... it DOES have a barcode for tracking, but no one seems to SCAN IT!!

I'm going to attempt something new.... gonna buy some stickers that say "PLEASE SCAN" and put them on and see if anywhere will scan them
Pam,

let us know how this expreiment goes as we all are interested...
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Fordie - When I price stuff I list, I factor in the cost of the flat rate envelope and not use prices based on weight. In effect I am passing on the savings to the end buyer. In fact, I have been listing my domestic ebay shipping costs as $7.05, Canada at $20.99, and Rest of World at $23.75. Normally these would be $11.45 domestic PM, $25 for Canada and over $30 for rest of world (using Express Mail for International and not PM) if I did not use the flat rate envelopes. So as you can see I am passing on the costs to the end buyer which would make make auctions, hopefully, more noticeable due to the lower shipping costs.
Not to pick on you because I'm aware everyone needs to make money on handling but I'm have received NUMEROUS jeans in the mail from the States to Canada that have a $13- $15 postal charge sticker on them. I wouldn't exactly tell buyers that you're saving them money if you want to gain their trust, just quote shipping and leave it at that.
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Not to pick on you because I'm aware everyone needs to make money on handling but I'm have received NUMEROUS jeans in the mail from the States to Canada that have a $13- $15 postal charge sticker on them. I wouldn't exactly tell buyers that you're saving them money if you want to gain their trust, just quote shipping and leave it at that.
I think you misunderstood what Art said. He doesn't over charge for shipping. HE is probably losing money the way he prices.
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I just used this method today for the first time and it was $5.45 through priority mail. Is that the right price? thanks
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no it's not. it's $4.75 online, $4.80 at the PO. online has free DC though, at the PO you'd be paying extra for that
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It's got no tracking.

Well, the kicker is... it DOES have a barcode for tracking, but no one seems to SCAN IT!!

I'm going to attempt something new.... gonna buy some stickers that say "PLEASE SCAN" and put them on and see if anywhere will scan them
A pair of R&R I got from Mike had this sticker on them. I forgot if they were "well tracked" or not though...
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Old 05-23-2008, 08:04 AM
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wait are you saying it is possible to pay for a flat rate envelope, put that on a flat rate box, and send it?
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