02-19-2017, 07:57 AM
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Which are the most economical and reliable ways to mail a brush or two? Thanks

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 02-19-2017, 08:01 AM
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Should fit in the smallest priority box USPS has (box is free).  Free tracking and insurance ( I believe up to $50).  $7 regardless of weight to anywhere in CONUS.

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 02-19-2017, 09:00 AM
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  • doc47
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Don't bother with Priority, first class is much cheaper and just as quick. The only issue with first class is weight. Max weight for 1st class is 13oz.

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 02-19-2017, 09:14 AM
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Unless the brushes are too fat, I use a small Priority Mail box.

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 02-19-2017, 10:23 AM
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(02-19-2017, 07:57 AM)Ramsay Wrote: Which are the most economical and reliable ways to mail a brush or two? Thanks

We use USPS Priority Flat-rate padded envelopes, and put brushes in 6" x 2" cardboard mailing tubes (up to five will fit in an envelope). Tried just using mailing tubes, but although they're perfectly acceptable by USPS guidelines, we learned they have a tendency to go astray on rollers/conveyors and have subsequent adventures before (late) delivery.

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 02-19-2017, 10:50 AM
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I box them USPS fist class package for less than $3

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 02-19-2017, 11:00 AM
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(02-19-2017, 10:23 AM)Paladin Shaving Wrote:
(02-19-2017, 07:57 AM)Ramsay Wrote: Which are the most economical and reliable ways to mail a brush or two? Thanks

We use USPS Priority Flat-rate padded envelopes, and put brushes in 6" x 2" cardboard mailing tubes (up to five will fit in an envelope). Tried just using mailing tubes, but although they're perfectly acceptable by USPS guidelines, we learned they have a tendency to go astray on rollers/conveyors and have subsequent adventures before (late) delivery.

^^

I remember that!  A scary few days there!

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 02-19-2017, 11:19 AM
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(02-19-2017, 09:00 AM)doc47 Wrote: Don't bother with Priority, first class is much cheaper and just as quick. The only issue with first class is weight. Max weight for 1st class is 13oz.

Unless they happen to get lost or damaged in which case, you are screwed. There is no insurance with first class and no surprise...first class goes missing at a much higher rate. You just have to weigh the risks.

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 02-19-2017, 03:10 PM
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  • doc47
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Phil, First Class is tracked just like Priority and has no higher risk of loss. I believe you and other vendors should look more seriously at First Class, it is money in your pockets. This year I've mail at least 100 first class padded envelops with razors or small boxes with soap or a brush and I've not lost a thing. The packages arrive as quickly and I have peace of mind shipping First Class.

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 02-19-2017, 03:30 PM
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USPS first class if it's under 13 oz. I can ship a tub of soap for about $3.75 in most cases.

Over 13 oz. the Flat Rate bubble envelope for $7.20 isbthe way to go. You may need to order these online, they'll bring them to your house, most branches don't have them on hand.

If your package doesn't fit in the flat rate envelope, flat rate boxes are the way to go. Prices vary.

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 02-19-2017, 03:33 PM
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(02-19-2017, 03:10 PM)doc47 Wrote: Phil, First Class is tracked just like Priority and has no higher risk of loss. I believe you and other vendors should look more seriously at First Class, it is money in your pockets. This year I've mail at least 100 first class padded envelops with razors or small boxes with soap or a brush and I've not lost a thing. The packages arrive as quickly and I have peace of mind shipping First Class.

Not true...they often fail to scan first class packages. Trust me...I ship enough to know.  I have way more problems with first class than I do with priority. And...if something does go wrong, the vendor has zero recourse with first class.

First class shipping does have an extremely high success rate relatively speaking but, it is not as good as priority and there is no insurance associated. If a package goes missing, you cannot even get the P.O. to investigate and you definitely cannot file a claim. The most frustrating thing is they often fail to scan the first class package so tracking does not show at all. Tracking will simply say label created and awaiting shipping which creates a host of problems with an impatient recipient. The vast majority of these packages do arrive but perhaps not until the impatient recipient files a Paypal claim.

That said, I do use first class but I have my limits. For instance, I won't ship a $200 razor or brush via first class.

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 02-19-2017, 03:34 PM
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(02-19-2017, 03:30 PM)vigilantesd Wrote: USPS first class if it's under 13 oz. I can ship a tub of soap for about $3.75 in most cases.

Over 13 oz. the Flat Rate bubble envelope for $7.20 isbthe way to go.  You may need to order these online, they'll bring them to your house, most branches don't have them on hand.

If your package doesn't fit in the flat rate envelope, flat rate boxes are the way to go. Prices vary.

They actually raised the maximum weight about a year ago. It is now anything under 1 pound.

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 02-19-2017, 03:44 PM
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I'm not a vendor, but I've shipped and received numerous items over the years.  I prefer Priority Mail because:

1.  Tracking with first class sucks.  Priority Mail tracking is not always perfect, but more up to date and reliable than first class tracking most of the time. 

2.  Sometimes first class gets delivered in two or three days, but Priority Mail is far more likely to be delivered in two to three days.

3.  With Priority Mail I don't pay for the box or $50 of insurance. 

When I purchase online and the vendor uses USPS, I always prefer Priority Mail and will pay a premium for it if necessary.

By the way, I sometimes have to send important letters or documents by mail for work, and always use Priority Mail.

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 02-19-2017, 03:52 PM
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(02-19-2017, 11:00 AM)wreck | fish Wrote:
(02-19-2017, 10:23 AM)Paladin Shaving Wrote:
(02-19-2017, 07:57 AM)Ramsay Wrote: Which are the most economical and reliable ways to mail a brush or two? Thanks

We use USPS Priority Flat-rate padded envelopes, and put brushes in 6" x 2" cardboard mailing tubes (up to five will fit in an envelope). Tried just using mailing tubes, but although they're perfectly acceptable by USPS guidelines, we learned they have a tendency to go astray on rollers/conveyors and have subsequent adventures before (late) delivery.

^^

I remember that!  A scary few days there!

It was terrifying. I think that might have been our first release. We had something like 40 packages go completely off the grid. Perfect storm. Some postal worker was letting us know he/she didn't like our packaging, even though I'd cleared if first at two different POs, and computers went down. Long week.

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 02-19-2017, 04:01 PM
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(02-19-2017, 03:34 PM)bullgoose Wrote:
(02-19-2017, 03:30 PM)vigilantesd Wrote: USPS first class if it's under 13 oz. I can ship a tub of soap for about $3.75 in most cases.

Over 13 oz. the Flat Rate bubble envelope for $7.20 isbthe way to go.  You may need to order these online, they'll bring them to your house, most branches don't have them on hand.

If your package doesn't fit in the flat rate envelope, flat rate boxes are the way to go. Prices vary.

They actually raised the maximum weight about a year ago. It is now anything under 1 pound.

I tried to ship a box this last Thursday that was just a little over 13 oz and they tried to charge me 13 bucks to send it. I refused, went home and stuffed it in a padded flat rate envelope. Shipped that for $7.20.

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 02-19-2017, 04:05 PM
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(02-19-2017, 04:01 PM)vigilantesd Wrote:
(02-19-2017, 03:34 PM)bullgoose Wrote:
(02-19-2017, 03:30 PM)vigilantesd Wrote: USPS first class if it's under 13 oz. I can ship a tub of soap for about $3.75 in most cases.

Over 13 oz. the Flat Rate bubble envelope for $7.20 isbthe way to go.  You may need to order these online, they'll bring them to your house, most branches don't have them on hand.

If your package doesn't fit in the flat rate envelope, flat rate boxes are the way to go. Prices vary.

They actually raised the maximum weight about a year ago. It is now anything under 1 pound.

I tried to ship a box this last Thursday that was just a little over 13 oz and they tried to charge me 13 bucks to send it. I refused, went home and stuffed it in a padded flat rate envelope. Shipped that for $7.20.

They will bend you over if its over 13 oz and you dont have it in one of their flat rates. Biggrin

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 02-19-2017, 04:09 PM
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(02-19-2017, 04:05 PM)22bulldog Wrote:
(02-19-2017, 04:01 PM)vigilantesd Wrote:
(02-19-2017, 03:34 PM)bullgoose Wrote: They actually raised the maximum weight about a year ago. It is now anything under 1 pound.

I tried to ship a box this last Thursday that was just a little over 13 oz and they tried to charge me 13 bucks to send it. I refused, went home and stuffed it in a padded flat rate envelope. Shipped that for $7.20.

They will bend you over if its over 13 oz and you dont have it in one of their flat rates. Biggrin
I don't understand their logic at all. It makes ZERO sense to me. I ship a package in my own box I provided, it costs 13 bucks to send. If I use one of their envelopes (which they charge almost 3 bucks for if it IS NOT a flat rate envelope), it's almost half the price to ship, and included $50 bucks insurance. WTF?!

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 02-19-2017, 04:19 PM
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  • bullgoose
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Interesting. The commercial weight limit for first class is 1 pound. I would suggest printing your labels online

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 02-19-2017, 11:53 PM
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I think Phil is right in what he is telling about First Class. It's a case of a hit or a miss. I have personally experienced it a few times.

A tracking number is provided but it doesn't get updated as the parcel travels. Tracking only shows if the parcel has left the base Post office.You can only pray that it reaches it's destination.

Better to pay slightly higher with a tracking number that gets updated and with insurance preferably.




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 02-20-2017, 12:08 AM
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I wouldn't go for anything but Priority when shipping valuable items, even less so if it's shipped internationally. The saving in postage is usually negligible compared to the value of what's being shipped anyway.

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