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Old 03-25-2009, 03:47 PM   #1
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Exclamation EVERYONE Please Read~ First Class vs. Priority~Turning Priority Envelopes INSIDE OUT!

I wanted to get this information out as requested by our members to let everyone know this is becoming an issue for many members, please read and understand the laws regarding shipping packages and using the USPS. Turning ANY priority packaging inside out to ship anything BUT priority mail is Illegal, buyers often get stuck paying the additional fees just to receive their packages. If you need polymailers, they can be bought for very cheap on both amazon and ebay as well as through some of our wonderful ds mama's. If you have any questions, feel free to pm a mod or admin for further clarification.
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Using Express Mail service or Priority Mail service envelopes for other mailIf any Express Mail service or Priority Mail service packaging or packaging supplies e.g., Priority Mail tape to seal a Parcel Post package, are used on any other class of mail, the applicable Express Mail or Priority Mail price will be charged.
  • Misuse may be a violation of federal law.
  • Turning the packaging inside out to conceal the Priority Mail / Express Mail insignia is specific misuse that is not allowed.
Any matter mailed in these free boxes is charged the appropriate Express Mail or Priority Mail price, regardless of how the packaging is reconfigured (including being turned inside out, cut, shrunk, enlarged, etc.) or how the markings are obliterated.
Mail dropped in a Collection Box receptacle using inappropriate packaging (including, for example, mailing Priority Mail items in an Express Mail box) is either:
  • Sent on as insufficient postage mail
    OR
  • Returned to the sender
Treatment of this mail is based on the specific case as decided by the Post Office facility handling the mailpiece.
NOTE: The USPS provides some packaging and supplies free of charge for:
  • Priority Mail (Domestic) items
  • Express Mail (Domestic) items
  • Priority Mail International items
  • Express Mail International (EMI) items
  • Global Express Guaranteed (GXG) items

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Old 04-01-2009, 10:13 AM   #2
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Re: EVERYONE Please Read~ First Class vs. Priority~Turning Priority Envelopes INSIDE

I'm a little confused. Are you saying that any polymailers can't be reused??? I've sent out a ton of packages in inside out polymailers and i've never had a problem. Wouldn't the po inform us if it shouldn't be sent out like that???

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No Cheryl that is fine. This is about the tyvek priority bags that are free.
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Old 04-01-2009, 02:57 PM   #4
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No Cheryl that is fine. This is about the tyvek priority bags that are free.
Oh good! Thanks!!
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Re: EVERYONE Please Read~ First Class vs. Priority~Turning Priority Envelopes INSIDE

Thank you for posting this. it has been a HUGE issue for me. My post office weighs EVERY PACKAGE that comes in to me and they catch this all the time. Now they have also told me that if a person does this, and also prints an online shippping label, the recipient is also charged for the Delivery Confirmation that is provided free when you print an online label. they showed me an email from the USPS asking them to start charging for not only overages, but also for the DC charges. The one time that my DH refused a package because the postage due was over $5, it got lost in the mail on it's return and it had over $50 of diapers inside.

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Old 09-15-2009, 06:55 PM   #6
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Re: EVERYONE Please Read~ First Class vs. Priority~Turning Priority Envelopes INSIDE

ugh, thanks for the tip. I am guilty of this, I didn't realize it would be a problem.
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Re: EVERYONE Please Read~ First Class vs. Priority~Turning Priority Envelopes INSIDE

Hah...guilty too...oops!
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This seems ridiculous. I've shipped ebay items before and reused packaging primarily for recycling reasons. (Although I typically ship priority mail, so maybe that's why it's never been brought to my attention.) Still pretty silly.
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Thanks!
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You can get the envelopes free on USPS website so you can stock up :0)
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