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Old 05-08-2013, 09:25 AM   #1
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Anyone ever shipped a dozen flats in something less than a flat rate box?

It kills me to pay $12 for shipping in a medium flat rate box. Any ideas on how I could cram these all into a flat rate envelope?

Anyone had success?

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Re: Anyone ever shipped a dozen flats in something less than a flat rate box?

They definitely won't fit in a padded FRE, but you could try a regional A or B box. Sometimes a regional B is cheaper than a medium FRB for certain zips, sometimes it's a few dollars more. Check to be certain.
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Re: Anyone ever shipped a dozen flats in something less than a flat rate box?

I've had luck with regional rate (as already said) or just weighing my polymailer package at home. (I've not weighed flats, so I just don't know.)
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I've had luck with regional rate (as already said) or just weighing my polymailer package at home. (I've not weighed flats, so I just don't know.)
Yea, they are too heavy to do by weight.
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Re: Anyone ever shipped a dozen flats in something less than a flat rate box?

Should have known you would have checked- sorry not to be of help.
I won't weigh then when I get home.

(last year I mailed 8 big prefolds to Canada- and was shocked it only came to 10 USD. That was before all rates changed, though. other than that, only in RRB boxes here.)
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Re: Anyone ever shipped a dozen flats in something less than a flat rate box?

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It kills me to pay $12 for shipping in a medium flat rate box. Any ideas on how I could cram these all into a flat rate envelope?

Anyone had success?
Not sure how big the prefolds are but with true heroic effort - and I mean serious sweating - you may be able to get them in.

I once got a Carter's full-size padded crib bumper into a padded FRE. It took 2 hours. By the end it had become a challenge that I refused to admit defeat to.

The trick is to first put them into some kind of slippery but super strong envelope (like the Priority Tyvek envelope) then "kneel and knead" the envelope until every molecule of extra air is pushed out, wrap it tightly and tape it as small as you can, then slide that package into the PFRE. If you have those vacuum air-suction devices it would be easier, but you can also do it manually.

If the PFRE is barely closing, that closure tab is slightly elastic - so you can stretch it out a bit, slowly and carefully. If that closure flap is just barely hitting the other edge, you'll want to tape over that area with lots of priority mail tape at the PO, to prevent it from popping open.

If you absolutely cannot get one or two prefolds into there... just ship the maximally stuffed PFRE, then ship the remainder first-class. That may well be your cheapest way to ship.
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Re: Anyone ever shipped a dozen flats in something less than a flat rate box?

What about the legal fre?....or split into 2 first class pkgs?
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Not sure how big the prefolds are but with true heroic effort - and I mean serious sweating - you may be able to get them in.

I once got a Carter's full-size padded crib bumper into a padded FRE. It took 2 hours. By the end it had become a challenge that I refused to admit defeat to.

The trick is to first put them into some kind of slippery but super strong envelope (like the Priority Tyvek envelope) then "kneel and knead" the envelope until every molecule of extra air is pushed out, wrap it tightly and tape it as small as you can, then slide that package into the PFRE. If you have those vacuum air-suction devices it would be easier, but you can also do it manually.

If the PFRE is barely closing, that closure tab is slightly elastic - so you can stretch it out a bit, slowly and carefully. If that closure flap is just barely hitting the other edge, you'll want to tape over that area with lots of priority mail tape at the PO, to prevent it from popping open.

If you absolutely cannot get one or two prefolds into there... just ship the maximally stuffed PFRE, then ship the remainder first-class. That may well be your cheapest way to ship.
Lol! You are good!

I might try to maneuver it tomorrow and see if I can somehow get them all to fit. Since they're flats they aren't as bulky as prefolds,
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Re: Anyone ever shipped a dozen flats in something less than a flat rate box?

Put them in a kitchen trash bag .... Stick your vaccum cleaner hose down in the middle of them...... Wrap the top of the bag around the hose and hold tight..... Suck all the air out..... Twist the bag and yank out the vaccum hose ..... Gotta be quick...... Tie off the bag and you might need to cut off excess bag too.....might take a couple tries to get them laying right to fit in the fre
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