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Business Mail 101 - Classes of Mail
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Standard Mail

Minimum Weight: None.

Maximum Weight: less than 16 ounces.

Minimum Quantity: 200 pieces or 50 pounds of mail.

Standard Mail is mail matter not required to be mailed as First-Class Mail or Periodicals. Lower nonprofit prices are available for Standard Mail but require specific authorization.

Mailers use Standard Mail to send:

  • Printed matter, flyers, circulars, advertising.
  • Newsletters, bulletins, and catalogs.
  • Small parcels.

All Standard Mail prices are bulk prices, and each mailing must meet a minimum quantity of 200 pieces or 50 pounds of mail. There is no single-piece Standard Mail postage. In Standard Mail, there are prices for letters, flats/large envelopes, parcels, Marketing parcels and Parcel Select Lightweight parcels.

Certain extra services can be used with Standard Mail parcels, Marketing parcels and Parcel Select Lightweight parcels: electronic USPS Tracking, bulk insurance, and return receipt for merchandise. Standard Mail, Standard Mail parcels, Marketing parcels and Parcel Select Lightweight parcels are not forwarded or returned unless you request it with an ancillary service endorsement. Forwarding and return services may result in additional fees or postage.

For beginning mailers, Standard Mail is often the best choice because postage prices are very low.

Not sure if Standard Mail is right for you? With Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM) you can reach customers in targeted neighborhoods, without having to provide names or street addresses. Ask your local Post Office for details on EDDM-retail (you don’t need a permit imprint) or EDDM-BMEU options.

--Standard Mail is for domestic mail only. You cannot send Standard Mail to international addresses.
--Many mailers use a service called "Priority Mail Open and Distribute" to speed up the delivery of their Standard Mail. You mail your trays or sacks of Standard Mail via Priority Mail to the postal facility nearest the final destination of your mail. This is a very cost effective way to get your message to your customer sooner.

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Business Calculator – Compute prices for all commercial mail.

Direct Mail will show you how to use the power of mail to grow your business.

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