I recently started to sell some cd's and I usually just ship them using USPS media mail (2-8 days) package/thick envelopes. The postage is $2.53 plus 0.20 USPS tracking. These items are small enough where I can just slip them through my mail box and the mail carrier takes them.
I was looking at the USPS first class package (2-5 days) package/thick elvelope option and the postage is only $2.04 with free USPS tracking. I'm not too knowledable about shipping rates, so I was wondering why it would cost less for first class with a shorter delivery time than the media mail option that I have been using. Should I be using this option instead, and can I still put these items in my mail box for pick up or do I have to take it directly to the post office for first class.
Thank you in advance.
Should I be using this option instead,
It would be MUCH smarter to use First Class Parcel
Just be sure your package will qualify as a parcel
can I still put these items in my mail box for pick up or do I have to take it directly to the post office for first class.
YES, You can still place them in the mail box for pickup
So I can only use this shipping method if it is a parcel? I am just using flat bubble mailer envelopes since they are really the only thing small enough to fit into the mail box.
Up to about 6 oz., First Class is always cheaper than Media Mail. That's because the minimum cost is for 1 oz. ($2.07 retail - package).
But Media Mail starts at $2.53 retail for up to 1 lb.
Online prepaid labels cost less than the retail rates.
Thank you to the both of you for the help. It is very much appreciated.
A PARCEL (aka PACKAGE) need not be a box. It can be an envelope IF the shape and dimensions qualify it as a PARCEL.
For First Class Mail, a bubble envelope weighing more than 3.5 oz. cannot be a letter. A bubble envelope that is rigid or lumpy cannot be a flat. What's left? A parcel.
I suggest you consult the USPS rate charts and postage calculator for more information: