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How Size and Shape Affect Prices

Different postage prices apply to postcards[1], letters[2], large envelopes (flats)[3], and parcels[4]. In general, the bigger your mailpiece, the more it will cost to mail.

In First-Class Mail, postcards cost less than letters. Letter size mail costs less than flat-size mail. Parcels pay the highest price due to the cost of processing and delivery.

In Standard Mail, there is no postcard price. You can mail postcard-sized pieces as Standard Mail, but you'll pay the same as a letter. Letters cost less than large envelopes (flats). Standard Mail parcels (including tubes) are charged a higher price due to processing costs.

Can you get a better price by re-shaping your mailpiece? Possibly. You could fold your large envelope to be letter-sized, or you could redesign your parcel to qualify for the lower flat price.

Tabbing and wafer seals for folded self-mailers[5]

How weight affects prices[6]

How distance affects prices[7]

How quantity affects prices[8]

Mail entry Point: Destination entry prices[9]

Calculate postage for any class of commercial mail or price[10]

Price List - Notice 123[11]

Download Adobe Acrobat Reader[12]


Table of Links
  1. http://pe.usps.com/businessmail101/mailcharacteristics/cards.htm
  2. http://pe.usps.com/businessmail101/mailcharacteristics/letters.htm
  3. http://pe.usps.com/businessmail101/mailcharacteristics/flats.htm
  4. http://pe.usps.com/businessmail101/mailcharacteristics/parcels.htm
  5. http://pe.usps.com/text/qsg300/Q201b.htm#1009536
  6. http://pe.usps.com/businessmail101/rates/weight.htm
  7. http://pe.usps.com/businessmail101/rates/distance.htm
  8. http://pe.usps.com/businessmail101/rates/quantity.htm
  9. http://pe.usps.com/businessmail101/rates/destination.htm
  10. http://dbcalc.usps.gov/
  11. http://pe.usps.com/cpim/ftp/manuals/dmm300/Notice123.pdf
  12. http://www.usps.com/common/transparent_exit_page.htm?url=http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep.html&title=Download Adobe Acrobat Reader