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Registered: ‎10-18-2011
Can I use a Regional Rate Box but pay regular Priority Mail prices?

Can I pay the regular Priority Mail prices when using a Regional Rate Box (when it calculates to be cheaper than the regional price)  I've called the national post office customer service about this, and they said yes, but can't point me to any documention to prove this.  They said as long as I am paying a Priority Mail Fee, it is fine and as long as I am not using a Flat Rate Box.  I recently had a box returned with postage due because of this, but I have done it several times without problem.  Can anybody confirm if this is allowed?

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22shoes
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Registered: ‎05-22-2005
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in reply to thecorvetteshop

Regional Rate boxes can only be used if you are paying equivalent RR postage online.

 

For a RR box A, you would pay postage for a 2 lb package

For RR B, 4 lb

For RR C, 17 lb.

darkburst58
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Registered: ‎11-24-2011
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in reply to thecorvetteshop
Priority offers other size free boxes that ship at the regular Priority Rate. I have used shoe box size, board game size and they have other sizes available. These are usually kept behind the counter at the PO, and not on display like the flat rate. Ask your Postal Worker if they have Large Priority Boxes available.
shanechas
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Registered: ‎08-01-2008
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in reply to thecorvetteshop

NO,  Regional Rate boxes ARE FLAT RATE BOXES,  it says this on the box.  If you want to use Priority Mail rates then you have to use Priority Mail boxes that don't say FLAT RATE on them.  There are a number of different size Priority Mail boxes that you can order on-line and they will be shipped to your address for free.

puppybrowns
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Registered: ‎10-18-2008
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in reply to thecorvetteshop

Then, no I wouldn't.  You have already found that your items may be sent back to you OR the buyer will have to pay for the additional postage due if it is under the specified weight.

 

Find plain brown boxes from stores in your community to ship Priority if you do not want to pay the flat rate cost.

pmbooks
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Registered: ‎01-01-2009
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in reply to thecorvetteshop

The boxes say simply "Regional Rate Box A" (or B or C), they say nothing about a flat rate, nor in fact is it a flat rate. (If you ship it outside of your region, it will be a higher cost.)

 

I've been told that, like general priority mail boxes which can be used either within the US or internationally, they can be used for general priority mail shipping. Just be sure that the phrase "Regional Rate Box" is blacked-out.

 

That the USPS clerk who told me this might be wrong is a given, but I've not had a problem with this method. They still get their postage, and in most cases more since the regional rate can be lower within the given region.

puppybrowns
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Registered: ‎10-18-2008
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in reply to thecorvetteshop

I couldn't tell you for sure, but the one that came back postage due was because it is not always cheaper to use Regional boxes, esp if the item is under 2 lbs.

 

Instead, if you are sending items Priority mail, but don't want to pay for flat rate (or Regional rate for that matter), the PO offers FREE Priority mailing envelopes.  They are called specifially "Tyvek".  Ask for these and you can still mail PM without the added cost.

I now use these on most of the packages I send PM.

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Registered: ‎10-18-2011
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in reply to thecorvetteshop

I'm shipping larger items that won't fit the envelopes and need to use boxes.

itsoakside
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Registered: ‎05-31-2011
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in reply to thecorvetteshop

Thanks for these answers. I was sent a surprise pack of Regional Rate boxes to try a while back. The boxes seem exactly like other Priority Mail boxes, just with a few "Regional Rate" titles about the box, which are easily covered with Priority Mail stickers (free), rendering them fit for any Priority Mail usage. Once covered, I don't see how anyone would know they were Regional Rate boxes, unless they has sizes memorized or something. /theyreallydontcarethatmuch

puppybrowns
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Registered: ‎10-18-2008
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in reply to thecorvetteshop

darkburst, I didn't know that!  Thanks for that info. :smileyhappy: