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Old 02-01-2013, 11:12 AM   #1
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At what point does the PO consider a frb *too* full?

Need more help/advice, mamas.

I'm looking into selling some lots of diapers (streamlined diaper stash, here we come!) and I'm just wondering how full can I stuff a flat rate box and still have it "shippable"? Have you ever been told your flat rate box is too stuffed?

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Old 02-01-2013, 11:23 AM   #2
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Re: At what point does the PO consider a frb *too* full?

I ordered 2 doz yellow edge from GMD and they stuffed them in a MFRB. That thing was STUFFED!! If you can close the box and it doesn't explode open you're likely fine.
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My understanding is if it stays closed with their stickey stuff then you are good. It isn't supposed to be bulging & covered in tape to keep it closed.

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Re: At what point does the PO consider a frb *too* full?

Some post offices are picky and some aren't. The shape of the box isn't supposed to change so the sides shouldn't bulge. You can add tape but the box is supposed to be able to be secured with the adhesive on the tabs. You could always try putting your things in a bag and using your vacuum to suck air out!
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I think that's mostly true but I have taped them before, just to make sure the edges were secure enough.
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I think that's mostly true but I have taped them before, just to make sure the edges were secure enough.
Taping for extra security is fine. Just not to get it to stay shut from being so packed.

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Re: At what point does the PO consider a frb *too* full?

I think it does depend on your PO. I've had some fabric shipped to me in a large FRB and it was bulging and my PO made me pay the difference between the FRB and regular priority shipping in order to take the package (so the seller and I split the cost).

I have sent a very full FRB (medium without the PO sticky stuff on it) and was worried that it might not go through since one side did bulge a little but the box looked closed (no real gaping seams) and delivered fine.

I think the vacuuming air out would be good...is that possible without those pricey vacuum bags?
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Re: At what point does the PO consider a frb *too* full?

There's no rule against the sides bulging a little, but the overall dimensions of the box cannot be altered, like you can't cut them up and re-shape them, and it needs to be able to close as intended (though adding extra tape for reinforcement is fine).

Keep in mind that if you are shipping to someone relatively close to you, non-flat rate is probably cheaper, and if you are shipping something small enough to fit in a Regional A box (a bit smaller size), those are ALWAYS cheaper than a medium FRB, sometimes by $5+

Also, it is cheaper to buy the postage at usps.com or paypal.com/shipnow than at the counter.
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Nope as long as it can close by itself. I am a fre master stuffer!

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Nope as long as it can close by itself. I am a fre master stuffer!

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