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    More: Weird, United States Postal Service, priority mail, boxes of different sizes, post office, Envelope, Mail, local U.S., free envelopes  
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2493 clicks; posted to Main » on 28 Sep 2021 at 5:04 PM (9 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2021-09-28 2:58:24 PM  
Doug, how could you?
 
2021-09-28 5:10:14 PM  
Dude, it's a llama!
 
2021-09-28 5:14:59 PM  
In Enumclaw, they nail emus wrong.
 
2021-09-28 5:23:11 PM  
I was all set to be a snarky asshole, but that's actually pretty funny.
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tl;dr -- the $8.45 flat rate box fits in the $7.95 flat rate envelope, which would save you $0.50.
 
2021-09-28 5:23:45 PM  
 
2021-09-28 5:28:02 PM  
And don't forget- Poke holes in the box BEFORE loading emus.
 
2021-09-28 5:28:32 PM  

nytmare: Mail containing live scorpions must be clearly marked "Live Scorpions."


Does labelling it Live Sciorpions in klingon count?
 
2021-09-28 5:31:51 PM  

Ponzholio: And don't forget- Poke holes in the box BEFORE loading emus.


Yeah, that's how we mail the rooster
You know he ain't gonna die
 
2021-09-28 5:39:10 PM  

OkieDookie: nytmare: Mail containing live scorpions must be clearly marked "Live Scorpions."

Does labelling it Live Sciorpions in klingon count?


Wat?

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2021-09-28 5:45:27 PM  
What's going on in this thread?
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2021-09-28 6:08:37 PM  
Oh FFS - don't steal from the USPS, they have enough problems as it is. This is just going to result in a larger "small box" designed not to fit in the envelope. And THAT will probably cost 40 million to develop.
 
2021-09-28 6:15:40 PM  

Lsherm: Oh FFS - don't steal from the USPS, they have enough problems as it is. This is just going to result in a larger "small box" designed not to fit in the envelope. And THAT will probably cost 40 million to develop.


Nobody's stealing from them. This is like finding that the small bags of flour are cheaper per kg than the large bags. It's completely up to the USPS how they price their products. Don't go calling people thieves for this.
 
2021-09-28 6:19:08 PM  

Russ1642: Lsherm: Oh FFS - don't steal from the USPS, they have enough problems as it is. This is just going to result in a larger "small box" designed not to fit in the envelope. And THAT will probably cost 40 million to develop.

Nobody's stealing from them. This is like finding that the small bags of flour are cheaper per kg than the large bags. It's completely up to the USPS how they price their products. Don't go calling people thieves for this.


You would be stealing (not paying for) the box.  The box is part of the single rate.
 
2021-09-28 6:19:23 PM  

Russ1642: Lsherm: Oh FFS - don't steal from the USPS, they have enough problems as it is. This is just going to result in a larger "small box" designed not to fit in the envelope. And THAT will probably cost 40 million to develop.

Nobody's stealing from them. This is like finding that the small bags of flour are cheaper per kg than the large bags. It's completely up to the USPS how they price their products. Don't go calling people thieves for this.


It's "kinda" stealing because they give the boxes away for free with the understanding that you'll use them to mail things. This article is about using another box as insulation inside a cheaper envelope. You aren't using the product as intended.

It's sort of like using all the "complimentary" ketchup packets at McDonald's to fill up a 5 gallon jug and then sell it on Ebay. It might technically not be stealing, but it ain't right.
 
2021-09-28 6:21:44 PM  

TheGogmagog: Russ1642: Lsherm: Oh FFS - don't steal from the USPS, they have enough problems as it is. This is just going to result in a larger "small box" designed not to fit in the envelope. And THAT will probably cost 40 million to develop.

Nobody's stealing from them. This is like finding that the small bags of flour are cheaper per kg than the large bags. It's completely up to the USPS how they price their products. Don't go calling people thieves for this.

You would be stealing (not paying for) the box.  The box is part of the single rate.


Yes. The more I think about it, this is the correct answer. The box itself is worth $8.85 because that's what they ship. If you shove it inside a $7.85 envelope, then you're stealing the box.
 
2021-09-28 6:22:12 PM  

TheGogmagog: Russ1642: Lsherm: Oh FFS - don't steal from the USPS, they have enough problems as it is. This is just going to result in a larger "small box" designed not to fit in the envelope. And THAT will probably cost 40 million to develop.

Nobody's stealing from them. This is like finding that the small bags of flour are cheaper per kg than the large bags. It's completely up to the USPS how they price their products. Don't go calling people thieves for this.

You would be stealing (not paying for) the box.  The box is part of the single rate.


USPS is giving away boxes and you pay when you ship them. Again, this pricing model is completely up to them. If you offered to pay for the box, but not for the shipping, you'd probably get a blank stare from USPS staff.
 
2021-09-28 6:23:56 PM  

Russ1642: USPS is giving away boxes and you pay when you ship them.


Except they aren't - USPS will not ship an identical box for the same price if it isn't USPS marked. They are selling the box. The author thinks they are giving them away because there's no control over whether or not you can take them, probably because it didn't occur to the USPS that people would eventually steal cardboard.
 
2021-09-28 6:28:16 PM  

Lsherm: Russ1642: USPS is giving away boxes and you pay when you ship them.

Except they aren't - USPS will not ship an identical box for the same price if it isn't USPS marked. They are selling the box. The author thinks they are giving them away because there's no control over whether or not you can take them, probably because it didn't occur to the USPS that people would eventually steal cardboard.


They could easily switch to selling the boxes and envelopes where you pay for the empty box or envelope. Problem solved. Again, it's entirely within the USPS's control.
 
2021-09-28 6:37:27 PM  
Besides the 'priority mail' boxes, there are also 'regional rate' boxes when you're not mailing them across the country.  But you can't get them at the post office -- you have to order them online.

https://faq.usps.com/s/article/Regiona​l-Rate-Boxes

Well, damnit.  It looks like they're only for commercial shippers these days.  Well, if you do enough mailing that it's worth getting a commercial account with them, they're something to look into.

A co-worker who was hiking the AT told me about them -- she used them for her supply drops, pre-packed, with instructions so they got mailed out to arrive a few days before she got there
 
2021-09-28 6:43:59 PM  

Lsherm: TheGogmagog: Russ1642: Lsherm: Oh FFS - don't steal from the USPS, they have enough problems as it is. This is just going to result in a larger "small box" designed not to fit in the envelope. And THAT will probably cost 40 million to develop.

Nobody's stealing from them. This is like finding that the small bags of flour are cheaper per kg than the large bags. It's completely up to the USPS how they price their products. Don't go calling people thieves for this.

You would be stealing (not paying for) the box.  The box is part of the single rate.

Yes. The more I think about it, this is the correct answer. The box itself is worth $8.85 because that's what they ship. If you shove it inside a $7.85 envelope, then you're stealing the box.


Of course, if you look at the USPS store, what's the first category?  "Free Shipping Supplies"

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I'm not saying you should be like the guy who was making furniture out of FedEx boxes, and order packs of 25 boxes ... but USPS probably shouldn't call them 'free' if they wanted people to not do this.
 
2021-09-28 7:01:25 PM  
I read the headline as that I'm "mating emus wrong". Anyone else wanna chime in and critique my techniques?
 
2021-09-28 7:14:42 PM  

Prof. Frink: I read the headline as that I'm "mating emus wrong". Anyone else wanna chime in and critique my techniques?


Well your legs aren't long enough, for starters...
 
2021-09-28 7:54:49 PM  
This is stupid, even by Lifehacker standards.

If the box fits in the envelope, its contents will fit better in the envelope without the box.
 
2021-09-28 9:40:47 PM  
Say you make $15/hr and you value your personal time at the same rate. If it takes 2 minutes to pack, seal, and cram the box into the envelope then you spent $.50 of your time saving $.50.
 
2021-09-29 12:49:39 AM  
Bullshiat. No PO in my experience would accept an obvious box crammed inside a flat rate envelope.
 
2021-09-29 4:12:02 AM  
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