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Old 03-25-2009, 04:36 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 03-26-2009, 12:58 PM   #2
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What if the mailer you are using has already been used once the correct way and priority paid for? Can you then recycle it and send it how you wish? If you turn it inside out and still pay priority is that okay?
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Old 03-26-2009, 02:50 PM   #3
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What if the mailer you are using has already been used once the correct way and priority paid for? Can you then recycle it and send it how you wish? If you turn it inside out and still pay priority is that okay?
They have started printing on the inside of the tyvek mailers to prevent this. It says right on the edge of these mailers "This packaging is the property of the U.S. Postal Service and is provided solely for use in sending PRIORITY MAIL shipments. Misuse may be a violation of federal law. This packaging is not for resale."
This is one case where I will have to say don't recycle and just use a new FREE one.
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Old 03-26-2009, 02:59 PM   #4
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Re: EVERYONE Please Read~ First Class vs.Priority~Turning Priority Envelopes INSIDE O

good to know Ive recieved many packages this way and only sent it once like this as a new priority envelope is accually free and my mailman gives them to me but I would hate to cost anyone more money!!
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Re: EVERYONE Please Read~ First Class vs.Priority~Turning Priority Envelopes INSIDE O

what mamas sell the poly bags?
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I do!
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Re: EVERYONE Please Read~ First Class vs.Priority~Turning Priority Envelopes INSIDE O

Where can you buy poly bags?? I'd like to get some!
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Old 03-06-2012, 10:11 AM   #8
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Re: EVERYONE Please Read~ First Class vs.Priority~Turning Priority Envelopes INSIDE O

good to know
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Wow, good to know but I would never do that.
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Thanks for the info!
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