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Pepper
Posts: 19
Registered: ‎05-14-2008

Correct Postage on a CD Mailer

Does anyone mail out CD's on a regular basis? I was told by our post office that these would be considered

a parcel. I would think since they are square shaped and rigid they would be classified as a letter with a surcharge since they meet the non-machinable characteristics. Can anyone shed light on this?

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PB-Jeremy
Posts: 1,575
Registered: ‎05-02-2008

Re: Correct Postage on a CD Mailer

Pepper,

 

Here is a link to the physical standards for nonmachinable letters:  http://pe.usps.com/text/dmm300/201.htm#wp1042572

 

If the USPS requires that you send your mail piece parcel, yet you believe it may be a letter instead, it is usually best to inquiry into what exactly about your mail piece is requiring it to be sent as a parcel.  Dependent on the shape of your mail piece (length, wide and thickness), there are different base rates, which are postcard, letter, flat and parcel.  Here is a link to more information on shape based rating:  http://www.pb.com/cgi-bin/pb.dll/jsp/Postalinfo.do?sitelet=RCEducation&catOID=-19118&editorial_id=ed...

 

 

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SDE-Charles
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Registered: ‎04-21-2008

Re: Correct Postage on a CD Mailer

I agree that it should be a non-machinable letter.  If it is over 1/4" thick, then it would be a flat except for the rigidity, which would make it a parcel.  If it is under 1/4" thick then it is still a letter except the rigidity and square shape make it non-machinable.  I would ask for a second opinion.
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mailpro
Posts: 49
Registered: ‎04-22-2008

Re: Correct Postage on a CD Mailer

The following is a link to a company called Mailersco. It looks as though they received info from the USPS. I'll look around on Postal Explorer to see if I can find the official USPS letter. http://www.mailersco.com/pdf/usps.pdf
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mailpro
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Registered: ‎04-22-2008

Re: Correct Postage on a CD Mailer

I couldn't find any additional info. P & C is the USPS Pricing and Classification Center. I could not find a specific website for them.
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Rev Zafod
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Registered: ‎03-17-2013

Re: Correct Postage on a CD Mailer

According to the USPS online postage price calculator on 17 March 2013 a Letter is: ***** Dimension Minimum Maximum Height 3-1/2 inches 6-1/8 inches Length 5 inches 11-1/2 inches Thickness 0.007 inch 1/4 inch Letters that meet one or more of the nonmachinable characteristics below are subject to the nonmachinable surcharge. It is a square letter It is too rigid – does not bend easily Square Envelope The minimum size for a square envelope is 5" x 5". Square letters are subject to the nonmachinable surcharge. ***** So at current postage rates for First Class letters: 46 cents for the first ounce 20 cents per additional ounce 20 cents for non-machinable [nm] Therefore, all gum-sealable paperboard, fiberboard, cardboard type CD-DVD mailers 5x5 or 5.25x5.25 inches qualify. One ounce is 28.35 grams. I use 5.25x5.25 inch mailers so I can send disks in windowed sleeves. In the ones I use, a single DVD in a sleeve plus mailer weighs 35 grams or 2 'postal' ounces. I could send a second disk/sleeve and stay at 2 ounces. A single disk in a 5x5 mailer may be one ounce or less so the cost would be 46+20nm or 66 cents. Ink weighs less than a printed label so I suggest writing addresses for mailing just a few. A single disk with sleeve in a 5.25x5.25 mailer is over one ounce so the cost would be 46+20+20nm or 86 cents. Two disks in a 5.25x5.25 mailer weighed 50 grams so the cost would still be 46+20+20nm or 86 cents.
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Rev Zafod
Posts: 3
Registered: ‎03-17-2013

Re: Correct Postage on a CD Mailer

Sorry about the last. It lost all formatting in posting. Parse it our and it makes sense.
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Rev Zafod
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Registered: ‎03-17-2013

Re: Correct Postage on a CD Mailer

Out, not "our". Lousy tiny print for my old eyes.