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Unread 02-06-2011, 09:47 PM   #1
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USPS Priority Mail...packaging question

This is the second time I have sold something on eBay in a week. I use Priority Mail as the shipping option. Last week it took me forever to drive all the way to the post office to package it up and ship it there; I got a $115 parking ticket because there was nowhere to park, and I just can't go through the whole process again. I have leftover packaging from when I received a book that could fit the product (video game) that I am shipping just perfectly. If I use a pre-paid Priority Mail shipping label, can I use my own packaging and drop it in a blue mailbox, or do I need their special packaging?

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Unread 02-06-2011, 10:15 PM   #2
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you need their box if you are doing the flat rate price but you can pay and print a label at home.

I think the only other issue might be security requirement for anything over a pound or two to be dropped off rather than put in a blue box.
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Unread 02-06-2011, 10:17 PM   #3
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Ugh are you sure I need their box!? I seriously cannot go through with that again...I swear it was like driving through China (Flushing, Queens) the last time I went. I got books that say USPS Media Mail and it isn't in their packaging. Also, it is nowhere near a pound.


***Edit*** On the drop-down list where I pick the shipping method, it is preset at Priority Mail Package/Large Envelope...there is a flat rate option, so this isn't flat rate.
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Unread 02-06-2011, 10:33 PM   #4
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Alright, eBay people on Yahoo! Answers said it didn't matter, so I'm good to go.
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You do not need USPS box/packaging for priority service. But you do need the FLAT RATE box if you are trying to send it FLAT RATE. Since your not doing flat rate, just package it up and send with prepaid label.
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There should also be a "pickup" option somewhere on the USPS website, where they will actually come out and pick up the package from you.
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You can order flat rate boxes online (they are free) and the mailman will deliver them. Once you fill them call for a pick up.
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For the flat rate you need their box. For Priority mail you can use any acceptable packaging. No other labels than the address and things like fragile, this end up etc., Secure walls so they don't crush...all the specifics is on the USPS web site.
I've got two kids in college, hours from us and each other, I send a LOT of things through Priority mail and I've used everything from repurposed flat rate boxes to shoe boxes. Pack it so it doesn't rattle around, cover it with brown paper bag if it has too much stuff printed on it, label right and send.
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For the flat rate you need their box. For Priority mail you can use any acceptable packaging. No other labels than the address and things like fragile, this end up etc., Secure walls so they don't crush...all the specifics is on the USPS web site.
I've got two kids in college, hours from us and each other, I send a LOT of things through Priority mail and I've used everything from repurposed flat rate boxes to shoe boxes. Pack it so it doesn't rattle around, cover it with brown paper bag if it has too much stuff printed on it, label right and send.
Will I be alright if I tape my new label over an old one? and I am marking out the barcode from the old label just in case it somehow scans through.
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Will I be alright if I tape my new label over an old one? and I am marking out the barcode from the old label just in case it somehow scans through.
Yep, that is the way to do it.
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Sweet, thanks for your help guys.
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My "package" doesn't fit in USPS's package!
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My "package" doesn't fit in USPS's package!
I heard you could package your "package" in an Altoids tin.









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