Pssst—hey, child. Do you wish to save fifty cents each time you mail one thing from the submit workplace? You do? Then collect ‘spherical and hear intently.
As you’re in all probability conscious, your native U.S. submit workplace supplies clients with free envelopes and containers of various sizes for sending gadgets through precedence mail. For a flat price, you’ll be able to mail absolutely anything* you’ll be able to cram into one in every of these containers, so long as you’ll be able to seal it. Pictured beneath is a USPS precedence mail Small Flat Rate Box. You possibly can ship it out of your native submit workplace to any handle within the U.S. for $8.45.
Comparatively, for $7.95 (a full 50 cents cheaper), the USPS will ship this Small Flat Price Envelope to any handle within the U.S.:
However you might not have realized: The field suits inside the envelope, and it seals up tight, and the price stays on the similar cheaper price.
Subsequently, if you’ll want to shield your precedence mail with a sturdy cardboard field, you’ll be able to seal your valuable cargo within the field, slip the field into the envelope, and stroll away out of your native submit workplace with an additional $.50 jingling in your pocket.
Whereas the submit workplace doesn’t promote this “characteristic,” in accordance with my native mail clerk, there’s nothing unlawful or unscrupulous about doing it. However if you wish to get ethically nit-picky, it does use far more ineffective packaging than sending the field by itself, and meaning extra timber need to die. However if you happen to’re OK with that, go for it.
*You can not mail airbags, ammunition, explosives, gasoline, marijuana, cigarettes, and different types of tobacco in any respect, and there are literally thousands of issues with delivery restrictions, together with cremated stays, leeches, emus, and radioactive materials. (Full list here.)