How do i ship an item using usps priority mail flat rate boxes? What do i need for the postage, etc.
The easiest way to use them is to go to usps.com and use there free click n ship service. By free, I mean you do not pay anything over the cost of postage. You pay online via your credit card. Then you can print out a label on your own computer's printer and attach it to your flat rate priority mail box and you are good to go. Just hand to a postal delivery person or drop off at the post office.
You can get free flat rate boxes delivered to you - visit usps.com to order them.
Flat rate boxes are just that - for domestic shipments it is one flat rate regardless of how heavy or where it is going. If it is fits in the box, and it is allowed to be shipping thru the US mail, it goes.
Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope $4.90 12-1/2" x 9-1/2"
Priority Mail Small Flat Rate Box $4.95 8-5/8" x 5-3/8" x 1-5/8"
Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box (FRB1) $10.70 11" x 8-1/2" x 5-1/2"
Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box (FRB2) $10.70 13-5/8" x 11-7/8" x 3-3/8"
Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box (Domestic Addresses) $14.50 12" x 12" x 5-1/2"
Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box (APO/FPO Destinations) $12.50 12" x 12" x 5-1/2"
The boxes themselves are free and you can pick them up at your local post office or you can order them online at usps.com and they will send them to you for free.
I like to use the online service at usps.com called 'click and ship' to print my labels for the flat rate boxes. It costs less and you get free delivery confirmation service which would cost 75 cents otherwise. When you ship a lot of packages that savings can really add up.
You will save by using click and ship over taking your boxes to the post office.
I won't repeat what others have already posted here. I use PayPal to create labels for flat rate boxes. If you sell on eBay and have people pay through PayPal, it's very easy to create labels because eBay transfers a lot of the information right to PayPal for you. I have tried the USPS shipping and really prefer PayPal so I wanted to put that out there. I do sell through eBay, but also ship my Amazon and Etsy packages through PayPal using a back door code. If you're interested in that code, feel free to contact me directly.
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