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posted on January 10, 2011 10:18:31 AM new
I just got my first box of the new USPS padded Flat Rate Envelopes and they are great! The size is approx 12 by 10 1/2 with, of course, inside dimensions being slightly smaller. I can see lots of use for these, depending on how much we are allowed to put in them. The dimensions were not on the Post Office site when I ordered them or I would have ordered more. The quality is good too.

posted on January 10, 2011 10:43:36 AM new
Can you send us the site where you order them.
I don't see them on the Postal Store

posted on January 10, 2011 10:53:52 AM new
I went on to the USPS under Priority Mail and then to all products and services and then Priority Mail. There is a window in the center of that page that shows all the flat rate boxes and you can arrow left or right to get to them.

Hope this helps. They come in a great box that can be used for shipping also.


posted on January 10, 2011 12:55:29 PM new
How much is the flat rate for these padded envelopes?
posted on January 10, 2011 02:16:34 PM new
$4.95 according to the website

posted on January 11, 2011 08:32:00 AM new
Not that I doubt you, but are you sure about the rate? Have you shipped with any yet?

Because that's less than the 1 lb rate to many destinations and I'm sure you can get way more than 1 lb of stuff in 10.5 x 12 inch mailer.

It's not like the Postal Service to actually give us a good deal.

I tried to mail a Priority Mail International package yesterday (using Tyvek packaging from USPS), which was supposed to be $13.95 but the clerk told me it would be twice that. I pointed out what the website said; she incorrectly insisted I must use the flat thin cardboard mailer to get the $13.95 rate. I was so disgusted I left.

I want John Stossel to do an expose on the Postal Service. Between the rampant incompetence and the deliberate deception, we're getting ripped off every day. Many people don't even realize it.


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posted on January 11, 2011 10:35:21 AM new
Nope, haven't tried to mail anything in them yet, just going by what the website said. I printed out the information that appeared under the picture of the envelope but just noticed it did not give a price. Now I have to go back into the site and try to find the price again so I can print it out to show to the Posties. It did say regardless of the actual weight and the flaps must be able to close within the normal folds. 'Tape may be applied to the flaps and seams to reinforce the container; provided the design of the container is not enlarged by opening the sides and the container is not reconstructed in any way.'

You are right about them not wanting to give us a really good deal, can't wait to see how this all works out.

I did not even know the USPS had a flat rate Tyvek!

posted on January 11, 2011 10:37:02 AM new
Checked USPS again and the rate for the 12-1/2 by 9-1/2 still says $4.95.

posted on January 11, 2011 10:57:39 AM new
I ship a lot of clothing, but unfortunately, everything I have tends to be bulkier than this. Perhaps I should investigate whether I can roll my items and use this envelope. With the new rates, a 2 pound pkg from Portland to the East Coast is $9.37... OUCH!!!

posted on January 11, 2011 11:08:51 AM new
I know, the rates are getting outrageous. A lot of my items sell for less than the postage if they go across the country and that is just so wrong. I do first class whenever I can but some things just weigh more.

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