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POSTAGE RATES 

An unofficial site by Jerry Nelson.
   First Class letter 50 cents 21Jan2018
Knock at jerry_postage@nelsonic.org and I'll wake up to fix whatever's broken.
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Inspired by the friendliest home town post office in the USA, Lafayette, TN    
  (How this page started, below)
((PDF of rate tables only -- BareBonesPostageTables.pdf ))

FOREVER STAMPS can be used for anything, but what are they currently worth?

50¢  -  classic forever stamp
21¢  -  "Additional Ounce"
71
¢  -  "Two Ounce" (the wedding invitation stamp, heart symbol)
71
¢  -  the "butterfly" stamps for bad envelopes (square, stiff, metal clasp).
                Although the stamp says "Non-Machinable Surcharge",
                it is not the surcharge, it is the entire cost. 
35¢  -  postcard
$1.15  foreign letter 



Note: mail that can’t get through a sorting machine costs more.  
A  flat, flexible regular or business-sized envelope is cheaper than a flat, flexible manila envelope  that needs bigger sorting machines and they are cheaper than thick, inflexible envelopes of the same size and weight that are unmachinable and have to go as small parcels. 

Letters 1st Class 50¢+21¢/oz (21Jan2018)

Not over:
1 oz          $0.50            +21¢/oz.  Bad envelope penalty is also  21¢ 

2 ounces  $0.71
3 ounces  $0.92
3.5 oz       $1.13           Heavier?  Go to FLATS (next).
                                     
                                     
price history
dates when rates changed  (helps you search for historic data)
USPS tables, not the rate calculator: DMM, the Domestic Mail Manual
Go to "Quick Refs" at end of this long pdf doc; stay in "Retail" chapters, we don't qualify for cheap corporate rates.

Rigid object inside?  Metal clasp?  Button & closure string?Business envelope styles like "commercial" or "wallet flap"
Add  non-machinable surcharge ("bad envelope penalty"). 
Square?  Goes though their machines but they can’t tell which way?  Add   $0.21
Almost square (less than 30% height-width difference)?  Add  $0.21. 
Too skinny? (long length more than 2.5x short)?  Add   $0.21.
Really cute little one for that note, under 3 ½ or 4¼”?
         Hide it! You're illegal.  Go home and start over.
Length over 11 ½”? Height over 6 1/8”?  Go to “Flats” (next)
        Max size in the stnd envelope series is #!4  (5"x11.5").  Size 10 is normal (4.125" x 9.5").
        If you want to send someone a stamped, self-addressed envelope ("SSAE")
        for them to send you back something, it's nice to get a few Size 11 envelopes to put the #10 into,
        or to send a bounced envelope back when you get your friend's new address. 
Thicker than ¼”?  Go to “Flats”.
You're a corporation using metered mail?  Congratulations!  Take off 1¢.  Wait!  Take off 3¢, we love corporations.
Not a corporation, tired?  Sorry.  Too bad.  Congress gave away its power of oversight and let the Postal Service change rates by itself.  

“Flats  (Large 1st Class Envelopes)                  

1 oz            $1.00                
2 ounces   $1.21            Incrementing 21 cents each additional ounce                        
                                            
3 ounces   $1.42           (3oz? Fold it & go in a business envelope for 91 cents)
4 ounces   $1.63
5 ounces   $1.84
6 ounces   $2.05
7 ounces   $2.26          
8 ounces   $2.47
9 ounces   $2.68
10 ounces $2.89
11 ounces $3.10
12 ounces $3.31
13 ounces $3.52

FLATS:

Over 13 oz?  Consider Priority Mail flat-rate envelope.
Your envelope is inflexible, lumpy, not rectangular? Go to “Packages”. 

(No rigid, corrugated cardboard in flats for preventing creased photos, sorry.)
If you want to send the photo anyway,
       pad the envelope with stiff paper to protect it, & do the flex test:
       hang half of the short side over the edge of the table and check that it flexes 1" and back if you press down with your finger.
       If the short side is 10 inches long or more, you'd better be able to bend 2".  
Length over 15?  Height over 12”?  Go to “Packages”.
Thicker than 3/4"? Go to “Packages"
Under 3/4" but lumpy?  Klutz!  Go to "Packages", pay more.
 
Still confused?  Make sure your letters are white, your flats are manila envelopes, and share user stories like these  :-(
Older price history.


     
   DOMESTIC
    -
    First Class LETTERS          
  
FLATS (manila envelopes)   
   SMALL PKGs & padded envs  
FOREIGN .  .  .  .
-
INT'L   Letters

INT'L   Flats  
INT'L   Pkgs
Postcards  
BIG
Domestic     PRIORITY boxes                                
International  PRIORITY                          

ExpressMail $$$     
MediaMail    BOOKS                                 
Stnd Post (formerly PARCEL POST)    
Money Orders         


Small Packages / Parcels / Lumpy envelopes 1st class

These are padded envelopes over 3/4" thick, rigid photo mailers, medical samples, small boxes under 1 cubic foot.  If it's not cubic but very rectangular, then girth + length have to be under 108". 

1 oz           $3.50
2 ounces   $
3.50
3 ounces   $
3.50Parcels symbol used on USPS Webpages.     
4 ounces   $3.50  
- - - - - - - - - - - - - 

5 ounces   $3.75
6 ounces   $
3.75
7 ounces   $3.75
8 ounces   $3.75
- - - - - - - - - - - - -           

9 ounces   $4.10  and 35¢ for each oz more
10 ounces $4.45
11 ounces $4.80
12 ounces $5.15
13 ounces $5.50

    14,15, and 16 ounces were announced as acceptable on 7Jan2016,
    but this remains a COMMERCIAL First-Class Package Service only, not a retail service for normal people 

THE CARTON SYMBOL:  To get rates even if you can't purchase the postage on-line, enter the USPS site, click on the cartons symbol, and look for "First Class & Other Options" at the bottom, or perhaps a line labeled "Other Services".  This is the "Parcel" (small pkg) rate.   https://postcalc.usps.com/

Write "1st Class" and "Pkg" on the package.
Don't buy insurance unless you have receipt or written proof of value.
When they ask you "Is it over 12 inches?" that's the limit that throws you out of ordinary letters, it has nothing to do with limits on packages or even manila envelopes ("flats")

2011: No longer available on-line to the American public.  Jan2018: nothing is available online except Priority.
Pitney-Bowes can print it for eBay Inc, PayPal can sell it for eBay, but you and I have to stand in line at the Post Office. 

UNPUBLICIZED ON-LINE ACCESS

To send  small 1st Class Packages ON LINE, go to  https://www.paypal.com/ShipNow  and be prepared to log into your PayPal account. 
(Thank you, JohnD.)  You will be coming in as a corporate customer with an 8% discount (5oz level) over the rest of us peon American citizens.
Not to mention, you can do this online and we can't.
Cartoon-TheWoofsHaveIt-CharlesBarsotti1997Aug11

WHAT NAME IS THIS SERVICE?
Full service name was "1st Class Airmail Small Pkg", then  "First Class Package Service, Retail." 
Avoid "parcel", you'll just confuse everybody. "Parcel Post" is abolished. 
               We send parcels by post, but not by Parcel Post.  Doesn't exist. 
Parcel Post was abolished on 27 January 2013 and became "Standard Post". 
Standard Post was abolished on 17 January 2016 and became "Retail Ground".  
Ground shipments 1st Class go by Air, of course.
((Write "1st Class PKG" on it, and be thankful you didn't have to go to the post office Name Deciding Meetings that worked all this out.)) 

Some price history

<rant> Mail is scanned, parcels might still be private, you have a parcel, congratulations !!). </rant>


BIGGER THAN A "SMALL PKG"?
If over 13 oz domestic,  try Priority Mail flat rate boxes (any weight if you can fit it in).  Once you're over about 15 lbs, Retail Ground (formerly Parcel Post) will never be cheaper than a Priority Flat Rate box.

If you're not heavy enough (>15lbs)  to make flat rate Priority a no-brainer, then try "Parcel Post Select" down below (online only, see top of the Parcel Post section).

When Parcel Post Select is purchased online, it includes free tracking.
Length plus girth for Parcel Post Select is 84 inches max.
Length plus girth over 108”?      Go to the Retail Ground (Parcel Post)  calculator.  No even Priority will accept your package. 
Length plus girth over  130"        Go to UPS like I told you -- even the Post Office won't take it.
Call the brown trucks from UPS;  ups.com.   You have to register.  

If over 13 oz and going overseas, you want "First-Class Package International Service" good up to 4 lbs.  (Other names: "1st Class International Parcel", "1st Class Mail International Packages".)  After that, try Priority Mail International's flat rate boxes (limited to 20 lbs to most countries; see International section next). 

Posters rolled up? Maximum post office lengths: Global Express Guaranteed is only 46", Express Mail Intl. is 60", domestic Priority Mail is maybe 60", and sometimes there is a formula of length plus how tight you rolled it up, so you don't really get the maximum length.  (Take 2 inches off the max length for every inch looser than a 3 inch diameter roll-up.)  


   DOMESTIC
    -
    First Class LETTERS          
  
FLATS (manila envelopes)   
   SMALL PKGs & padded envs  
FOREIGN .  .  .  .
-
INT'L   Letters

INT'L   Flats  
INT'L   Pkgs
Postcards  
BIG
Domestic     PRIORITY boxes                                
International  PRIORITY                          

ExpressMail $$$     
MediaMail    BOOKS                                 
Stnd Post (formerly PARCEL POST)    
Money Orders         


International Airmail Letters $1.15,  2018

1 ounce any country $1.15   

Thank you, dear P.O.,  for making the first ounce the same anywhere, and for giving us Global Forever stamps in 2013   :-) 
Try this search to buy Global Forever stamps at store.usps.com   The "wrong" forever stamps can be combined to get up to the foreign ltr amount.

One ounce is a business envelope with 5 sheets of typical Xerox paper, or 1 sheet and six  4x6" photos.  Leave out 1 sheet or 1 photo to be safe.  
"3.5" oz means you can't weigh more, but you pay for 4 oz.  
Limits, all countries:  value under $400, size under 6 1/8" x 11 1/2" x 1/4" thick (same envelope limit as domestic).

CANADA       1 oz         $1.15                                                           
                        2 oz         $1.15    which is   0¢ more                       
                        3 oz         $1.61    which is 46¢ more 
                        3 1/2       $2.08    which is 47¢ more, because there was nothing to do one day,
                                                                          so we had a committee meeting to discuss it,
                                                                          and they had to decide something,
                                                                          so we made each additional ounce different. 
                                                                  
MEXICO        1 oz          $1.15    +57¢/oz 
                        2 oz          $1.72                 
                        3 oz          $2.29                      We have to bribe them to take the letters, so they cost more.        
                        3 1/2        $2.86   


Rest of World    1 oz       $1.15            

                           2           
                           3            Check your country group below.

                           31/2      

COUNTRY GROUPS
Group 1 Countries
is CANADA (see above).
Group 2 Countries 
is MEXICO (see above).

Cheaper  Countries, Groups 6-9
.  Central and South America, Middle East, Africa,
                                                               central
Asia, New Zealand, Philippines, Taiwan
                            1 oz        $1.15         

                            2 oz        $1.98      +83
¢/oz        
                            3 oz        $2.81
                            3  1/2      $3.64

Costly Countries, Groups 3-5.      European Union (France, Italy,
                                                              places with chateaus & good food) ,
                                                              Russia, eastern Europe, Turkey; China, Hong Kong,
                                                              South Korea, Japan, & Australia
                                                              (kangaroos, spy satellite stations).
                            1 oz        $1.15            
                            2 oz        $2.13   that was 98¢ more       
                            3 oz        $3.12   now it's   99
¢ more.  Why?       
                            3  1/2      $4.11
                          

10April2016
5¢ increase revoked, first ounce back to $1.15.  Steady 2017, 2018.
some price history
check other countries:  https://postcalc.usps.com/


BIGGER THAN A LETTER?  MORE THAN 3.5 OZ?

Int'l Flats - "1st Class Mail International"  unchanged 2018

Envelopes up to 15" x 12", weights up to 4 lb, not lumpy, not totally inflexible.
Weight increments are 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 oz then 12 oz, 16 oz, +4oz.    So, if you cross 8 oz (or 12), print some photos on your camera  -- 5 sheets/ounce of good paper, 6 sheets/ounce of ordinary copy paper (minus a sheet for safety).

    TABLE BELOW
    Canada, roughly     $6    first lb, half as much gets you a quarter pound

    Mexico roughly       $10 first  lb,   ditto
    ROW roughly          $12 / first lb,  ditto

ONLINE you can get prices but not buy the postage:  select the large plain envelope icon at https://postcalc.usps.com/ .  On next page, click to unhide  "First-Class Int'l Options".  Y

FLEXIBLE:   International Flat envelope cannot be rigid.  And thickness?  We are going up to 4 pounds here, folks, so the infamous thickness limits do not apply.  Instead, the warning is,
don't have more than 1/4" VARIATIONS in thickness.  
If you fail the thickness test, you are a  First Class International Package box -- prices are 40, 50% higher, even double for the low weights. 

OVER ABOUT 2 1/2 POUNDS a Priority Flat Rate Envelope will be cheaper.  Get the legal size   9-1/2" x 15" -- same price as stnd size for international.

USE BIG ENVELOPES FOR "FLATS":  Don't  try to mail a small envelope that's over 3.5 oz. even if you pay for it -- it confuses some postal clerks.  The small envelope will look like a letter, and "LETTER"  service up to 64 oz was dropped on 12May2008, so now there's only big "FLATS".  Fill the airplanes with big envelopes, that's what they want. 

INTERNATIONAL FLATS - 10 April 2016DiplomaticPassport-1963-400   
MAIL SOMETHING TO CHINA?   If it's flat and under 4 oz, the postage alone needs to be $5.10 to cover the cost (Zone 3 above).  Yet at any moment on eBay, the number of items whose total cost  is $5 or less is between two and three million.  If $5.10 is the true cost to the post office for us to mail a little envelope to China, then there's no way eBay's China traffic can cover what it costs our postal system to run their business and deliver their packages. 
I put the eBay story on a separate page.  eBay's total China traffic is about 100 million items a year.  The United States subsidizes the flood of Chinese stuff into the US.  Our government pays for eBay's profits.  eBay ran a conference between our post office and China's, gave away our first class service to them, and locked us into it with a treaty.  Ebay collects the sellers' fees, we don't collect the postage. 

Some prior history

HEAVIER THAN 4 LBS?
Priority international boxes take up to 20 lbs, cost a fortune, and require the #2976 Customs Form.  Sketched in Priority section below.

          

   DOMESTIC
    -
    First Class LETTERS          
  
FLATS (manila envelopes)   
   SMALL PKGs & padded envs  
FOREIGN .  .  .  .
-
INT'L   Letters

INT'L   Flats  
INT'L   Pkgs
Postcards  
BIG
Domestic     PRIORITY boxes                                
International  PRIORITY                          

ExpressMail $$$     
MediaMail    BOOKS                                 
Stnd Post (formerly PARCEL POST)    
Money Orders         




1st Class Mail International PACKAGES - 4 lbs max
Flat rate Priority Int'l is reasonable, but, if you can't fit their flat rate boxes, then you need 1st Class Mail Int'l PACKAGES. 
First-Class Mail Int'l   PACKAGES
is also called First-Class Pkg INTERNATIONAL SERVICE.
This is the "Letter Post" group which embraces everything that is not "shipping"; namely, LCs (Letters and Cards) joined with AO ("Air Mail -- Other"). 

Available online at discounts up to 10%. To get  the appropriate USPS calculator, pick the small tan carton symbol, enter a weight under 4 lbs, and a country overseas.  Skip all the Priority choices and click on a closed menu item labeled "First-Class Int'l Options" (or "Other Services") to open it.  Hiding the choices most people need is not what a democratic government should do to its own people. 

Size limit is 1 cubic foot maximum, and no one dimension over 24 inches. 
Rolled up poster maximum: width: 36" x 3"diameter.  If you roll it up 1" wider diameter, take 2 inches off your max length.
Customs Form 2976 (the green one) must be filled out, max value is $400.  This is sooo tedious. 

                             YELLOW IS YOUR COST TO SEND ONE eBAY ITEM BACK TO CHINA

Postage Rates for International Small Packages as of 10April2016  

WE've  GOT A LIST-OF-COUNTRIES  for USING THE CHART ABOVE
Try the alphabetized list of the most common countries with their zones.  The full list follows it; you can use "CONTROL-F for find" to jump-search the list in most browsers.  Finally, I sorted the list by zone for those of us who need to get some idea how the shipping world is divided up (what each zone means).  
For the chart above, use the first-class zones on the right of the list (any version).  

Zones 1 and 2 are always Canada and Mexico. 
Zone 3 is Australia, China & Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea -- in Asia, our three big trading partners and closest surveillance ally. 
Zone 4 is Turkey, Russia, and Eastern Europe. 
Zone 5 is Europe, east including Kosovo and Serbia. 
Zone 6 is what most people think of as Asia, including India and Pakistan, but not China, Japan, Korea. 
Zone 7 is Africa and some island nations (Seychelles east off Africa, Indian Ocean)
Zone 8 is the Middle East, Arab sheikdoms, Algeria. 
Zone 9 is remote island nations and our neighbors in this hemisphere, in both nearby Central America and throughout South America.
FamilyFaces


    THE  COST  DIFFERENCES
    BETWEEN  THESE  ZONES 

    ARE  IRRATIONAL
    AND  TOO  SMALL
    TO  JUSTIFY  THE  ZONES  EXISTENCE
    IN  THE  FIRST  PLACE.


<rant>  MAIL SOMETHING TO CHINA?   For the smallest box (8 oz or less), it recently (2017) took $13.75 to cover the cost (Zone 3 above). 
Yet at any moment on eBay, the number of items listed for sale, whose total cost  is $13.50 or less, is about 4 million. 
If $13.75 is the true cost to the post office, there's no way eBay's China traffic can pay its way when the value of the item itself is less than Americans pay just for postage. 
So many items are free shipping (85%) that there's no pot of gold anywhere from which China Post could compensate the United States. 
I put the eBay story on a separate page.  eBay's total China traffic is about 100 million items a year.
Ebay collects the fees, we don't collect the postage

Don't tell me here that you need nine zones to avoid losses.  You have losses because you can't collect costs from China.  You gave away the store.  </rant>

Some price history for First-Class Package International Service.

HEAVIER THAN 4 LBS?
Priority international flat-rate boxes take up to 20 lbs, cost a fortune, and require the #2976 Customs Form . . .as  sketched in Priority section below.

   DOMESTIC
    -
    First Class LETTERS          
  
FLATS (manila envelopes)   
   SMALL PKGs & padded envs  
FOREIGN .  .  .  .
-
INT'L   Letters

INT'L   Flats  
INT'L   Pkgs
Postcards  
BIG
Domestic     PRIORITY boxes                                
International  PRIORITY                          

ExpressMail $$$     
MediaMail    BOOKS                                 
Stnd Post (formerly PARCEL POST)    
Money Orders         

     

Postcard  35¢    International $1.15 world

3 ½ min - 4 ¼  max by  5" min - 6" max,   7 - 16 mills thick.  (0.016" is "16 mills".  A typical business card is 12 mills)
Within the USA, the smallest permitted letters and postcards are the same: 3 1/2" x 5". 
Minimum thickness 7 mills; cheap glossy ink jet photo paper is 10 mills, so mail it.  
Max thickness
0.016" -- easier to say "16 mills", sound like a machinist who can actually make things. 
A typical business card is 12 mills. 
Too big?  Too bad.  Use rates for domestic first class letter.  
Postcard-AncientTypefaces
International postcards same, but must be 5 1/2" - 6" wide vs 5"-6" domestic.
Thickness 7-16 mills (0.007" = 0.016")

Domestic postcards can be square-ish, up to 4 1/4" high by only  5" wide.
For all other mail,  "rectangular" means "Let's have a 30% high-vs-wide difference." 
That's a simple rule, so let's apply it inconsistently for postcards.  There, done!   Feel better?  

Unchanged 22Jan2017.
Domestic PCs up 1¢ 21Jan2018,
Int'l PCs unchanged at $1.15, same as a letter !!! 
more price history

Postcards offer no privacy and not much space.
Pricing International postcards up there with a 1oz International letter kills them,
kills a cultural tradition for tourists the world over when they visit and want to send home more than a selfie.
We need the money our tourists bring, we need cheaper postcards -- 27
¢ in 2008. 




Vint Cerf's card from Google 2012    1847-1947 Centenary of the Postage Stamp - 3cent commemorative   

                                  16 mills

THICKNESS LIST
3 mills (0.003 inch) - El Cheapo copier paper
4 mills - brightest white copier paper
7 mills +   is legal for postcards
9 mills - sheet of ordinary ("110 lb") card stock (good enough for post cards)
11 mills - glossy 4x6 photos (Postcards to anywhere can be 3.5 - 4.25 x 5.5  to 6 inches -- just mail your photo.)
BUSINESS CARDS
feels cheap:  8 mills
feels normal:    12 mills
feels impressive:  16 mills (=max mills for postcards)

Aerograms / Air Letter Sheets  are discontinued by the postal service of the United States. .  Aerograms were $0.75 to any country, postage printed on the paper, no stamps. Write whatever you want, mail it to any address you want -- done.  Simplicity -- the good old days. 


   DOMESTIC
    -
    First Class LETTERS          
  
FLATS (manila envelopes)   
   SMALL PKGs & padded envs  
FOREIGN .  .  .  .
-
INT'L   Letters

INT'L   Flats  
INT'L   Pkgs
Postcards  
BIG
Domestic     PRIORITY boxes                                
International  PRIORITY                          

ExpressMail $$$     
MediaMail    BOOKS                                 
Stnd Post (formerly PARCEL POST)    
Money Orders         



 Domestic PRIORITY Envelope & BOXES, up in 2017,2018 

For local shipments, use straight Priority and drop the flat rate boxes.
Otherwise, let's concentrate on flat rate. 

$6.70 flat rate envelope   domestic, any zone, any weight   
as
long as you can seal the envelope without extra tape,
Add
30¢ for legal length; 55¢ for padded envelope.
10April2016: no more online discounts for citizens, only corporate customers.
                                                                                                       AirplaneSkidsThruBrickWall-TeterboroNJ-2005
                                   
$7.20 small flat rate box  domestic, any zone, any weight,  
as long as you can close the flaps on the seams.
10April2016: no more online discounts for citizens.

            8-5/8" x 5-3/8" x 1-5/8" inside   
 
$13.65 regular/medium  flat rate box 
any zone, 70 lb max,  up 5¢
10April2016: no more online discounts for citizens.  

Two medium-size boxes are available:

11" x 8.5" x 5.5" and
            13.625" x 11.875" x 3.375"

$18.90 large-size box  to any zone, 70 lb max, up 5¢ 
$17.40 for APO/FPO/Diplomatic
up 5¢
10April2016: no more online discounts for citizens. 
Up 5
¢, literally nickel-and-diming us to death.
 
        Two large-size boxes are available:
       12" x 12" x 5.5"  
        23 11/16" x 11 3/4" x 3" 

UNPUBLICIZED ON-LINE ACCESS

PRIORITY is the only thing ordinary slobs (American citizens) can buy online.
Corporate customers can buy all domestic services on line, some at nice discounts.
To send  Priority Flat-Rate Boxes with the old ON LINE DISCOUNT
,
try this unpublicized Web address):  https://www.paypal.com/ShipNow  (Thank you, JohnD.)   

You must be a registered PayPal user (initially owned by eBay). This page normally comes up only if you sold something on eBay and must ship it, so you would normally be signed in already. If the site sends you to a bad login page or can't get back to shipping after login, just log into PayPal on another browser tab, then go back to the ShipNow tab.  Browser cookies will keep you logged in, and all will run smoothly. 

If it's not a flat rate shipment, you can use your own box. 
If it's virtually a local shipment, don't use flat-rate.
If it's local, Parcel Post ("Retail Ground") won't take it anyway, so you have to use Priority, and, as we just said, unzoned is cheaper if the distance is local. 
If it's light (a fluffy sweater for Mommy), don't use flat rate -- they push up what those boxes cost because people usually ship heavy tools and supplies, not fluffy sweaters for Mommy.
70 lbs is the limit throughout  the USPS, period: Retail Ground, Media Rate,  Priority, anything. 
If you don't have a written receipt, don't buy insurance.

Remember, you can't mail everything, there are no-no's

                  For APO/FPO/Diplomatic mail,
                 
go online because a lot of destinations don't have service for bigger sizes.
                  You need to do Form2976A (weight, value, all the addresses).
                  Presents can't be alcoholic drinks or tobacco or fresh fruits or veg, or
                  perfume ("fragrances" in alcohol).  Lithium batteries are forbidden
                  while the airline industry reacts to spontaneous combustion of
                  early-tech batteries that have disappeared. 
                  Be patient, battery issues are not the Post Office's fault. 

The flat-rate-size Priority boxes may be used internationally (20 lb maximum; 4 lbs for the small one).
See Priority Mail International below.   Cheer up, you're not mailing the Hope Diamond.

TO GET FREE  PRIORITY BOXES:  
small boxes
medium boxes  Why does this domestic box link say "International shipping"?  Oh well, it works for now . . .
       https://store.usps.com/store/browse/uspsProductDetailMultiSkuDropDown.jsp?productId=P_O_FRB2&categoryId=international-shipping
large boxes    
      ttps://store.usps.com/store/browse/uspsProductDetailMultiSkuDropDown.jsp?productId=P_LARGE_FRB&categoryId=free-shipping-supplies

If these links stop working, search on site:store.usps.com   Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes
Look for a hit from store.usps.com. 
Most search engines will do a "site search" like that, and they search better than any search facility on the site itself.  Who knows why, just try it.

SIZE LIMITS -- Escape from a flat rate box.

Internationally, NON-FLAT-RATE PRIORITY
costs about as much as the large box, and gives you sizes up to 79" long and length plus girth of 108 inches.  Forget Express Mail, not only more costly, but more limited in size: 42" long and length plus girth of 79 inches (2013).  Sometimes there are country-specific surprises. 

Over 108", Priority stops (airplanes get crowded fast) and Retail Ground (formerly Parcel Post) is all you have left.  Stay under the 70 lb limit, but your particular weight becomes irrelevant when your box becomes large.  That's because, after 108" length+girth,  you pay the "Oversize Penalty Price"  until 130" for  length + girth brings your expulsion from the Postal Service altogether.  Remember that  girth is  width + height + width + height.  
Check prices online.  

ABOUT THAT 70 LB WEIGHT LIMIT:  the maximum box weight, any size, domestic shipment,  is 70 lbs.
Pouring the small box full of liquid lead gets you 29 lbs, so I'd say, for small boxes, 70 lbs shows an intelligence limit.  Maybe ship the small box to Jupiter, whose gravity will bring little box of lead up to 68 1/2 lbs. 

You can fill any box with a solid block of aluminum and they'll ship it.  (On the large box, leave 1/2" of free space on top.)  The medium-sized boxes can be about half-full of solid iron.  The large box needs to be under 1/3 full of iron to pass -- solid iron all the way up to the top of the box would be  225 lbs, lead would be 325 lbs., and don't even think of gold.  I have a friend who could handle the 552 lb avoirdupois weight if you sent him a large priority box filled with it,  but I don't have the $8 million to buy it.  (552.5 lbs Au, 14.583 Troy oz per lb Av.  With gold at $1000/Troy oz Troy, that's $8M.  2018, up to $1300 -- I waste my time with these stupid calculations while everyone else makes money trading on the precious metals market. 


Insurance: 
Pre-May 12, 2008:  insurance up to $500 was available on-line;
up to $5,000 if you presented the package to a Post Office clerk.   $5,000 is still the limit, 2016.
$50 worth of insurance is free.  Declare even a dollar more, and you pay a $3..35 insurance fee. 
For some easy-to-steal-and-sell items, you may be forced to get insurance when you fill out the customs form.  

Priority “Dimensional Pricing” --  beyond flat rate: 
Packages larger than 1 cubic foot traveling far  (Zones 5 through 8) are priced by size because such trips use air transportation.  Or rather, you use the same old  tables that price everything by weight, but you must use an imaginary weight calculated from your package size as  8.9 lbs per cubic foot.  These "balloon rate" mythical weights work out to be LxWxH in inches divided by 194 (No idea.  I just work here).

ONLINE DISCOUNT HISTORY:
10April2016: no more online discounts for citizens, only corporate customers.
018: Dear USPS: Why no online discount for Click-N-Ship?  Putting clerks on a service counter costs you money.
Answer #1: Amazon and UPS (the brown trucks) served on the USPS Board of Governors.  They didn't care when online discounts were killed. 
Answer #2: A Congressional bill made it hard to increase letter rates (only the post office carries letters, they could have made money on their monopoly)
and easier to increase package rates.  Presto, the USPS prices itself out of the market.  Get ready to paint 227,000 trucks brown.
Answer #3:  Online purchases of all domestic services were killed, except for PRIORITY, where online discounts were canceled because revenues were too successful.  On-line revenues  nearly doubled between  2008 and 2014 for  the USPS.  Package traffic soared as eCommerce exploded.  Here was an Internet effect that actually benefited the USPS (unlike email, online bill payment, and the collapse of subscriptions to printed news source).  The myth that the USPS can't make money and the government can never learn how to run a business had to be supported.  Therefore, the income was taken away.  Get ready to paint 227,000 trucks brown.

 
PRICE HISTORY
4April2016:  online mailing labels no longer sold at https://postcalc.usps.com
    you will be transferred to Click-N-Ship where you must set up an account. 
    Log in at cns.usps.com
    4April2016: No more online discounts for the public. Try a corporation like stamps.com or use
https://www.paypal.com/ShipNow

22Jan2017: prices up, still no online discount. 
more price history

   DOMESTIC
    -
    First Class LETTERS          
  
FLATS (manila envelopes)   
   SMALL PKGs & padded envs  
FOREIGN .  .  .  .
-
INT'L   Letters

INT'L   Flats  
INT'L   Pkgs
Postcards  
BIG
Domestic     PRIORITY boxes                                
International  PRIORITY                          

ExpressMail $$$     
MediaMail    BOOKS                                 
Stnd Post (formerly PARCEL POST)    
Money Orders         


INTERNATIONAL Priority Mail

When it's bigger than a flat (manila envelope), try these flat rate boxes (20 lbs max)  or "1st-Class Package International Service" (4 lbs max).
Flat rate box sizes same as all other Priority boxes. 

1. CANADA - FLAT RATE ENVELOPE (stnd or legal) & SMALL BOX (4lbs max -- could be $48 w/o flat rate)
       
envelope               $24.95 21Jan18;  $23.95 22Jan17, up from $23.25 on 10April2016; up from $21.95 since 31May2015; envelope  not same as box anymore.                     .
        small box               $25.95 21Jan18; $24.95 unchanged on 22Jan2017; $24.95 10April2016;  up from $21.95 since 31May2015

2. CANADA - MEDIUM FLAT RATE BOX (20 lbs max -- could be $100 if you didn't have flat rate)
       
                               $47.75 21Jan18; $45.95 unchanged on 22Jan2017; $45.95 10April2016, scarcely changed from $45.25 since 31May2015

3. CANADA - LARGE FLAT RATE BOX (20 lbs max)
       
                               $62.35 21Jan18; $59.95 unchanged on 22Jan2017; $59.95 on 10April2016; why did they bother to change it 20¢ from $59.75 since 31May2015? 

  21 January 2018

Chart-IntlPriorityFlatRateBoxes-2018Jan21

TO USE THE TABLE ABOVE, GO FOR ZONE "B" in the COUNTRIES LISTS
We have an  alphabetized list of the most common countries with their zones. 
The full list follows it; you can use "CONTROL-F for find" to search the list in most browsers.  Finally, I sorted the list by first class zone
.
Those of you still trying to run a small business can get prices for your own set of countries.
On the country lists, the so-called  zone "B"  column  gives you the correct 1,2,3,4,5,6,7, or 8 column to use in the table above. 

some price history
 

METRIC SYSTEM: 66 LBS MAX  IN MANY COUNTRIES
Although 20 lbs is the official limit, some countries will go up to 66 lbs
if you go outside the flat rate system and pay $200,  even $300 to some places. 

Starting in 2014, nearly every country in the world  refused to carry the United States' Postal Service maximum of 70 lbs,  because nearly every country in the world went metric and 30kg is the limit everywhere, and 30 kg is 66 lbs not 70. 

Map of world countries using the metric system. 
 
   DOMESTIC
    -
    First Class LETTERS          
  
FLATS (manila envelopes)   
   SMALL PKGs & padded envs  
FOREIGN .  .  .  .
-
INT'L   Letters

INT'L   Flats  
INT'L   Pkgs
Postcards  
BIG
Domestic     PRIORITY boxes                                
International  PRIORITY                          

ExpressMail $$$     
MediaMail    BOOKS                                 
Stnd Post (formerly PARCEL POST)    
Money Orders         


  
    


Domestic Express Mail -- Does everybody agree I can drop this page
  
                            because the prices are ridiculous?

2018:
$24.70 for a flat rate envelope, flat rate boxes dropped, nobody used them; 
$485 to impress someone with a 70 lb carton shipped across the country.
To find the the free stuff page,  search on  site:store.usps.com  $0.00 express mail box  like this:  sample search. 
some price history
https://postcalc.usps.com



Media Mail Rates -- BOOKS

Flat rate, no zones so it does not get cheaper locally, but even locally it is still cheapest per pound if you qualify. 
OK for: books, sheet music, movies and music on CDs, DVDs,  educational maps & charts if there's not a lot of text.

Because advertising is forbidden, you must take all magazines out of your box.  The books themselves may add only incidental announcements of other books -- as old-fashioned publishers so often did on the otherwise blank end-pages. 

No video games (they're media, yes; but educational, no).  No hard drives, no tapes if they're blank.

At the Post Office, be prepared to open and reseal the box.   So, if you want to support book bindings, wrap the books tight in "stretch (plastic) wrap" not brown paper, because you can see through it, and you can even unwind it and kind of wind it back on.  Liquor store cartons are stronger than supermarket cartons, but you have to obliterate anything that makes it look like you're shipping alcohol. (Use up your old aerosol spray cans, or buy a new one in Pro Shipper tan.) 

Yes, it goes to 70 lbs, see https://postcalc.usps.com   If you don't qualify, regular  "Retail Ground" (formerly Parcel Post)  is double to triple the cost, depending on zone. 

After 21Jan2018: Domestic Rates
1 pound: $2.66     One CD/DVD in a padded env is $3.50 (4oz) as a small parcel (1st class service, 13 oz max) .
                                Two
CDs in an env is a $3.75 parcel (7oz), so media mail is clearly cheaper. 
Add 51¢/lb until the end at 70 lb for $37.85

Up to 5   pounds: $   4.70
Up to 20 pounds: $12.35
Up to 40 lbs          $22.55
70 lbs max            $37.85

UNPUBLICIZED ON-LINE ACCESS
To get Media Mail shipping labels on-line, try this unpublicized Web address):  https://www.paypal.com/ShipNow  (Thank you, JohnD.) 

You must be a registered PayPal user. You must enter a PayPal user name and password.  I suggest logging in on the normal paypal.com home page and **then** going to the paypal.com/ShipNow page (which assumes you are completing a sale and are already logged in).  Specify USPS, not UPS.  After entering an address (no address book facility, sorry) you want to get to a page that asks you to specify a SERVICE TYPE.  There you can select MEDIA MAIL.
April2016: still not available online from the post office. 

some price history

   DOMESTIC
    -
    First Class LETTERS          
  
FLATS (manila envelopes)   
   SMALL PKGs & padded envs  
FOREIGN .  .  .  .
-
INT'L   Letters

INT'L   Flats  
INT'L   Pkgs
Postcards  
BIG
Domestic     PRIORITY boxes                                
International  PRIORITY                          

ExpressMail $$$     
MediaMail    BOOKS                                 
Stnd Post (formerly PARCEL POST)    
Money Orders             


    

BEGIN  PARCEL POST  (this is horrible)

For DIYers (Do It Yourselfers), here are the parcel post rate charts with zones.  So now you need a zone number.  A chart to give you  the zone # from your own  ZipCode can  be printed  here -- as illustrated below.  To look up Retail Ground costs online,  the calculator page is  https://postcalc.usps.com  But you can only buy Priority shipping labels online -- we're talking Parcel Post service here (cheaper).  If the USPS doesn't sell Parcel Post shipping labels online, where can you turn?  

UNPUBLICIZED ON-LINE ACCESS

To send  Retail Ground (parcel post) pkgs ON LINE
,
try this unpublicized URL ("Universal Resource Locater" or Web address):  https://www.paypal.com/ShipNow  (Thank you, JohnD.)  As a corporate customer, you will enjoy lower rates ("Parcel Select") not available to American citizens ("Retail Ground").  The rest of you please line up at the counter.   (Here's the in-line-at-the-counter vs on-line rate chart comparison for a coast-to-coast box.)

Have your carton dimensions, address & weight handy. 
You must be a registered PayPal user (initially owned by eBay, Inc). This page normally comes up only if you sold something on eBay and must ship it, so you would normally be signed in already.  If the site sends you to a bad login page or you can't get back to your carton shipment after login, just log into PayPal on another browser tab, then go back to your ShipNow tab.  You won't be stuck anymore.  Browser cookies will keep you logged in, and you can get your shipping label and pay for it.   We're all praying for you.  

<rant>THE COUNTRY & ITS MAIL STREAM WOULD BE MORE SECURE IF WE COULD PRINT  USPS SHIPPING LABELS online.  We would be more secure because your identity and your shipping data are better known when you are online, longer remembered and easier to search and retrieve, compared to just pushing a box across the counter (as retail customers are supposed to do).  And the USPS could compete better with corporate UPS and its little brown trucks.  Why are you holding us back?  Doing this page for many years has shown me a postal service being mis-managed on purpose to make it unprofitable and to justify taking it over.   </rant>

I hope you're done and just mailed someone a present.  Everything below is just details.

PARCEL POST ("Retail Ground") - SHIPPING RESTRICTIONS
ANY 1-PAGE LOOK AT GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS THAT RESTRICT MAIL SERVICE IS GOING TO BE INCOMPLETE <- complete restricted materials sec'n
USPS Label 139 for cremated remains; Priority Mail only
 30USC3001 (contraception) and 18USC1461 (abortion)

BOTTOM LINE ABOUT ANYTHING:  If in doubt, go to the Post Office.  I would just  see if they'll take whatever it is and not ask questions because they're not supposed to answer: "Postmasters are not authorized to give opinions on the legality of any shipment of firearms."  I'm quoting official regulations here:  433 Legal Opinions on Mailing Firearms

PARCEL POST OVERVIEW
RETAIL GROUND (PARCEL POST) is the cheapest postal service, and the one that takes very large, very heavy boxes.  Write "USPS Retail Ground" on the box if using stamps instead of a mailing label.   Parcel Post will not take local traffic to Zones 1 to 4.  (A ZipCode-to-Zone chart is below, and you can easily make one centered on the place where you live.)  Try regular (not flat rate) Priority for just local or lightweight stuff. 

PRIORITY, PARCEL POST, or BROWN TRUCKS?   I use flat rate Priority  if it fits the box, parcel post (Retail Ground) for small stuff that doesn't fit, and the brown UPS trucks for heavy boxes (over 5 lbs or so). 
http://www.ups.com/dropoff?loc=en_US&WT.svl=PriNav     

Don't buy insurance if you don't have the receipt.  More precautions here.

Please pack nicely. DON'T JUST DROP YOUR ITEM  INTO  THE  CARTON  & THEN  FILL IT.
Place padding into the bottom of the box first, THEN add the shipment.  You want the item floating away from the walls, not crashing into them when you shake the box. 


THE BIG BOX PENALTIES in PARCEL POST ("Retail Ground") SERVICE

AVOIDING THE TWO PITFALLS OF RETAIL GROUND (Parcel Post)
Retail Ground  (Parcel Post) can be cheaper than UPS if you avoid two pitfalls. 

1. AVOIDING THE  RETAIL GROUND  BALLOON RATE  PITFALL AT 84 INCHES

When you are under 20 lbs (as most gifts and eBay shipments are), then keep the box length plus girth under 84"or you will pay for 20 lbs (up to $59.64 across the country, 2018) regardless of actual weight.  Think of a balloon rate box as a flat rate box at the 20 lb rate.  If you're stuck with the size, enjoy the weight -- put something else in.  (Ordinary, non-flat-rate Priority Mail has the same 20lb/84 inches penalty in the more local zones 1-4.) 

2. AVOIDING THE  PARCEL POST OVERSIZE  PITFALL AT 108 - 130 INCHES
If your length + girth goes over 108 inches, you pay an oversize penalty.  Going across country with 70 lbs., your oversize cost is $183.75 (2018; $132.20 in 2014), when a smaller box would have been "only" $130.51  ($105.83 in 2014).

Once you're penalized with this "dimensional weight" charge, you can pack your shipment up in as large a carton as you want (up to the maximax of length+girth of130 inches) and throw in some extra items . . . the price isn't going to change with either your weight (up to 70 lbs) or your size (up to 130 inches length + girth). 

Over 130", you are expelled from the Postal System.  Go directly to UPS or FedEx Freight, do not pass Go, do not pay any more penalties.  
130" and 70 lbs are the limits no USPS service can exceed. 

To get parcel post in the USPS rate calculator, choose  "package" or "large package". https://postcalc.usps.com

Measure and weigh the carton first, get your two Zip codes. 
some price history



GETTING YOUR OWN 1.ZONE  AND  2.RATE TABLES   for  PARCEL POST

Still trying to run a small business?   Need to get six boxes out this morning without going online or to the post office?
You need two charts, your own stamps, and you'll have to present your packages in person at the Post Office counter,
unless you use the corporate privileges that eBay and PayPal have gotten for their customers, the ones I told you about above ("unpublicized").

If your business grows, you will yearn for these lower prices on the business calculator page:  https://dbcalc.usps.com/
but you have to bring everything to a BMEU, Business Mail Entry Unit.
See if there's a BMEU near you:  https://ribbs.usps.gov/locators/find-bme.cfm
If you figure out how to qualify, write me jerry_postage@nelsonic.org so I can share it. 

Meanwhile, for the retail-level DIY route:
  1. You need to go from destination Zip code to a postal zone, and then
  2. You need a chart of rates per pound (for all those postal zones).  

PARCEL POST ("Retail Ground") -- Do It Yourself w/ZONES FROM ZIP CODES
A personalized chart from my town McLean to ZIP XXXxx

It's easy to get your own chart at  https://postcalc.usps.gov/Zonecharts/  .
These charts work for Priority boxes that are not flat rate, and for Parcel Post.  Both have  big-box penalties. 

Parcel Post and non-flatrate-Priority have the same 20lb/84inch balloon box problem, but only for local-ish Priority boxes (Zones 1-4).
Parcel Post big boxes have the oversize dimensional weight penalty at 108".
Priority starts its oversize dimensional weight penalty  at 60", but only for distant Priority boxes (Zones 5-8).

Go to the zone chart, then the rate table, and you're done?  Not so fast.

THE SPECIAL CASE OF PARCEL POST ZONES 1 THROUGH 4

Parcel post zones 1-4 do not exist.  You have to use Priority.  (Try the non-flat-rate kind of Priority; it is probably cheaper for local, zone 1-4 shipments).
So why do we have 1-4 zones if we can't use them?  Wrong!!  They are used, just not by you.  Ground shipment is required for all stuff that knocks airplanes out of the sky, so we keep zones 1 thru 4 alive for people forced into ground transportation.  If it weren't for dangerous materials shippers, we'd never send our trucks out on such short routes.  .
If we don't use zones 1-4, why not abolish them?  Clarity of vision is a key part of the leadership we do not have.  Just mail your silly box. 

Chart from postcalc.usps.com/Zonecharts

Above: a chart from https://postcalc.usps.com/Zonecharts/


PARCEL POST ("Retail Ground") - Do It Yourself w/THE PRICE CHART (RATE TABLE)


THE PARCEL POST RATE TABLE - 2018 PRICES  BY ZONES


You've got the zone number.  Now you need a table of charges to that zone for all the weights up to 70 lb max. 
Because of its large size, the parcel post rate chart is on a page all by itself, from which you can print it out.  



   DOMESTIC
    -
    First Class LETTERS          
  
FLATS (manila envelopes)   
   SMALL PKGs & padded envs  
FOREIGN .  .  .  .
-
INT'L   Letters

INT'L   Flats  
INT'L   Pkgs
Postcards  
BIG
Domestic     PRIORITY boxes                                
International  PRIORITY                          

ExpressMail $$$     
MediaMail    BOOKS                                 
Stnd Post (formerly PARCEL POST)    
Money Orders       

Money Orders 2018
Domestic:
$1.20 up to $500
$1.65 up to $1000
International Money Order
$12.20 up to $750
$18.45 up to $!,500


Your overseas maximum is $1,500 (up from $750 on 16April2016).  The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corp. had a higher maximum.  They transferred billions of drug dollars into the banking system.  There is something charming about this tale of money laundering in today's corporate world.

 

   DOMESTIC
    -
    First Class LETTERS          
  
FLATS (manila envelopes)   
   SMALL PKGs & padded envs  
FOREIGN .  .  .  .
-
INT'L   Letters

INT'L   Flats  
INT'L   Pkgs
Postcards  
BIG
Domestic     PRIORITY boxes                                
International  PRIORITY                          

ExpressMail $$$     
MediaMail    BOOKS                                 
Stnd Post (formerly PARCEL POST)    
Money Orders      

Sources of official US Postal Service information:
https://pe.usps.com/cpim/ftp/manuals/dmm300/Notice123.pdf
https://pe.usps.com/text/dmm300/Notice123.htm
Search terms:  site:pe.usps.com  Notice 123 Effective January 2018   (or whatever year you seek)


END  OF  POSTAGE  CHARTS 

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HOW THIS PAGE STARTED, WHAT HAPPENED TO OTHER ONES?   
PostageStamp-NormanRockwell-LetterCarriers1863-1963-275.jpg
I still remember the day I was ready to put out a letter and then come back in for coffee.  I started this site in 2007 when I couldn't find out what stamp to put on the envelope.   "Forever stamps" weren't around, and besides, I loved pretty "commemorative" ones.  The government websites drove me crazy with a hundred questions and no information.  Reveal the secret!!  What stamp goes on the envelope? 

I finally found a web page that  told me the postage so I could just mail the envelope and have my coffee.  I decided to put up the simplest postage charts, the ones everyone wants first.  My page was inspired by a similar rate page at a local post office in Lafayette, Tennessee.  Some guys who work there and one or two of their buddies  put up a web page with the few rates that most of us need most of the time. By putting up something myself, I could be less formal than the government, add some common sense, such as,  "If it isn't machinable, it costs them more, so we pay a penalty of X cents."  I could tease everyone and have some fun.

Then what?

Soon the rates were changing two different times a year.  The rate structure was getting complicated.  Zones were added for Priority service that used to be the same for the whole country.  Rates to Canada and Mexico that used to be the same became different.  What a headache for everybody.  Tennessee gave up.  That's right -- the town  post office took down their rate page and never put it back.  I challenge you to find any place that posts the postage rates of the USA -- the ones you need,  all on one page.   I also apologize for any errors on my page, but at least you can get an overview and the logic -- if there is any -- behind  the rules.  Maybe I helped you pick the service you want before you went to the https://postcalc.usps.com page.  It was worth it if you didn't stand in  line as I once did,  only to discover you chose the wrong envelope (and had to go home to fix it).

I never dreamed doing a chart of how many stamps to put on an envelope would become as political as this task has  I poked fun at changes that seemed only silly at first.  But it wasn't a game.  They weren't just stupid.  Someone wanted to destroy the postal system. 

They change the rates, I look things up.  You see FedEx, UPS, DHL, Amazon or junk mail execs at the top, you see people lower down "retiring" early to start a second career at triple the salary in the shipping industry. The wolves want the hen house -- destroying it makes sense when you want the business for yourself. 

OK, so the world has a lot of selfish people in it, what's new? 


What's new is telling me you're saving the system (Revenue!  Profitability!) as you slip the dagger in.  What's even better is setting up the rules so the US Postal Service slowly prices itself out of the market -- no one has to put on gloves for the strangulation.  Don't be caught bringing the system down if what you really want is to pick up the pieces, all the business yourself later.  Instead it's death by complexity, death by letting them increase rates where they should go down, death by preventing them legally from earning profits where they still could have.   

The last straw was discovering how eBay gave away our 1st class parcel service to China.  eBay pulled together a bi-national conference -- China Post and the United States Postal Service -- and now we have to live by their treaty.   Chinese sellers on eBay ship about 100 million items into the country annually. 
Ask the Inspector General for the USPS, ask the Chief Postal Inspector, How much postage does the USPS collect from China Post for delivery of an item costing under one dollar?   Why do you deliver items whose cost, profit and delivery charge are less than it would cost an American for return postage?  

Ebay collects the sellers' fees, we don't collect the postage -- our postal system is eBay's welfare check.

And this webpage?   I'm still having fun, but my postage page is turning into a murder mystery. 
And we switched to espresso.  Takes five years off your age. 
 

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   DOMESTIC
    -
    First Class LETTERS          
  
FLATS (manila envelopes)   
   SMALL PKGs & padded envs  
FOREIGN .  .  .  .
-
INT'L   Letters

INT'L   Flats  
INT'L   Pkgs
Postcards  
BIG
Domestic     PRIORITY boxes                                
International  PRIORITY                          

ExpressMail $$$     
MediaMail    BOOKS                                 
Stnd Post (formerly PARCEL POST)    
Money Orders         

P.S.  Robin says she'll take me out to dinner when I get a million hits, and I've been stuck at 800,000-ish for years.  Send a friend a
real birthday card -- maybe they'll be clueless how to write back and come here. 

home for this Website


   McLean, VA Post Office

Vacation over.
Back to reality and 35 lbs of mail.
Maybe next time ask if they offer a shredder option.  


1Jun2016 -- remove eBay China story to separate page, the politics should either be funny (laughable) or out of here.
30June2016: show on-line ShipNow access for all domestic services. State CH's discount for Priority Medium FlatRate/
19Aug2016 -- put link to forbidden items in the parcel post section, not just buried in Domestic Priority section. .
31Jan2017, 1Feb2017; 11Feb 1st class letters heading--thank you, Carolyn
12Feb2017 Media Mail compares Small Parcel prices for 2017; make ParcelPost rate table for 2017; change Domestic,  Int'l Priority rates, Int'lMoneyOrders.
14Mar2017-state that postcard rate did really stay unchanged.
10Apr2017 - rename the pdf of the postage tables something besides "SimplePostageCharts.pdf" because all the search engines are sending people to the crummy pdf
    instead of the main page.  Should've thought of that.  100,000 frustrated people wasting their time?
8July2017 - Got some old stamps--add the one about the invention of postage stamps -- UK 1840, USA copies them 1847. People used to refuse letters rather than pay-on-delivery,
    so postal systems world-wide rushed to a pre-paid system.  IMAGE "PostageStampCentenary1947...."
10July2017 - IMAGE "Postcard-AncientTypefaces"
Jan2018 major update; 8Feb18 #11envs for bounced mail