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Old 07-22-2009, 05:22 PM
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Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope + Registered Mail = Paypal Seller Protection?

OK, we all know that the International Priority Flat Rate envelope would not qualify for Paypal Seller Protection since it is not trackable, BUT what if you combine it with Registered Mail Service from USPS (which is $11.50). According to USPS' website:

Registered Mail
Registered Mail™ provides the maximum security.
When you’re sending valuable or irreplaceable items through the mail, protect them with Registered Mail™.

Items you send with Registered Mail are placed under tight security from the point of mailing to the point of delivery, and insured up to $25,000 against loss or damage. And you can verify the date and time of delivery and the delivery attempts online.



What I also like about it is the free insurance (up to $25,000 in value), supposedly tight security from beginning to end (good for sending to "sketchy countries" like Italy), and the ability to verify date and time of delivery online.

Of course you can't buy registered mail online, you have to go to the post office to do that, but maybe it's a viable alternative to Express Mail and also a little cheaper assuming it is Paypal Seller Protection eligible.

I did a calculation for Canada as an example, it would cost $10.40 + $11.50 = $21.90 with PMI Flat Rate Envelope and Registered Mail

For the other places International (such as the UK), it would be $12.30 + $11.50 = $23.80 with PMI Flat Rate Envelope and Registered Mail.

Those prices are competitive with PMI boxes of 2 pounds or over and cheaper than Express Mail FRE.
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Old 07-22-2009, 05:51 PM
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Any idea what kind of info they provide online? Signature? City/Providence?
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Old 07-22-2009, 05:53 PM
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Any idea what kind of info they provide online? Signature? City/Providence?
Good question. I wonder if someone on AF has sent something through Registered Mail and found out what it shows on the online tracking.
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Old 07-23-2009, 01:19 PM
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OK the info I quoted from USPS is wrong about insurance coverage. The $25,000 amount applies to domestic shipments. For international, this is what is stated from USPS:

Registry service provides security and limited indemnity protection for First-Class Mail® International and Priority Mail International Flat-Rate Envelope and small flat-rate box items. Items bearing an address in pencil or any erasable format are not accepted as Registered Mail.

This optional extra service is not available with Priority Mail International flat-rate or variable weight parcels, or Express Mail International® services. Registered items can be sent to all destination countries except the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea), Iraq, Montenegro and Somalia.

All destination countries have an indemnity limit of $47.93 and a registry fee of $11.50. For detailed information about Registered Mail, see the International Mail Manual.

Effective January 2006 the addressee is the payee on claims for registered items delivered in damaged condition or with contents missing, if addressee accepts delivery of the item. If addressee waives their right to payment, in writing, or the item is returned to sender, the sender then is eligible to file a claim.


So it seems like $47.93 is the limit (which is OK since Priority International FRE you cannot buy insurance so at least you get some money back if something gets lost or damaged.

I'm still curious about the online info once the item is delivered as Mike has pointed out.

Maybe next time if I have a low value item (something under $50) shipping to Canada, I will try it out and see what happens. Worse case scenario, item gets lost or stolen I'll get most if not all my money back.
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