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Does anyone know a good way to mail cards that aren’t perfectly flat?  My local Post Office here in Minnesota is charging me $1.95 for every card that has the least bump in it.  The last card was only two layers and they still said it wasn’t flat so I had to pay the “small package” rate.  There must be a better way.  I feel like I’m being discriminated against.  My cards are no bigger or heavier than a normal card and yet I’m paying more.  If you have any answers I’d love to hear them.  I’d hate to have to end card making because the Post Office is breaking my bank.

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I put another piece of cardstock over the embellishments before I take it to the post office (when I mail anything) and it only costs about 20 cents extra postage.  I mailed several "odd size" this Christmas and with the second layer popped up and hat is all they charged me.  I hope you can get this settled because I love to get "surprises" in the mail and a special card is just that!  It would be a shame to have to limit mailing just because the postage is ridiculous, and I think it is high enough already.

I put a piece of bubble wrap inside the envelope over the pearl or flower etc. never had a problem. Never sent back wither. Lucky so far I guess

I put a piece of cereal box cardboard over the card front, to protect it. This is a great way to recycle also!  I keep the cards under 1 ounce too. If by chance it weighs more, check their website to find out how much you need to mail it.( usps.com)   I gave a few free cards to my mail lady to keep for herself as well. She is a wonderful lady!  Weigh your mail, keep it under an ounce, and you'll be okay.  Don't go into the P.O. either.  Buy stamps and put your outgoing mail in the box with the flag up and the carrier will take them to the P.O. for you. A piece of packaging tape on the outside of the envelope over the "bumps" makes the envelope stronger!

All good tips Karen. Anything between one and two ounces is 20 cents more, not sure if it's over that, and it costs 20 cents to have the card hand cancelled.

Karen Knegten said:

I put a piece of cereal box cardboard over the card front, to protect it. This is a great way to recycle also!  I keep the cards under 1 ounce too. If by chance it weighs more, check their website to find out how much you need to mail it.( usps.com)   I gave a few free cards to my mail lady to keep for herself as well. She is a wonderful lady!  Weigh your mail, keep it under an ounce, and you'll be okay.  Don't go into the P.O. either.  Buy stamps and put your outgoing mail in the box with the flag up and the carrier will take them to the P.O. for you. A piece of packaging tape on the outside of the envelope over the "bumps" makes the envelope stronger!

I always thought anything over an ounce was two stamps and 20 cents was for hand cancelling.  I'll have to check on that.

 

Nope, anything between 1 and 2 ounces is 20 cents more. That's the standard rate for the post office.

Joan LaBelle said:

I always thought anything over an ounce was two stamps and 20 cents was for hand cancelling.  I'll have to check on that.

 

I invested in a little digital scale (Goodwill, believe it or not!), which has been wonderful! It's saved me a lot of gas and unnecessary postage!  I have put a link to the postal rates in my 'Bookmarks' on the computer, so no more doubts about how much postage to pay!  I keep a supply of regular and 20¢ stamps on hand, as well as some other ones for overseas.  

If it has a brad or something, you can just put a blank piece of card stock over it so it will run through their machines properly.  If it is more than 1/4 inch thick in any area, you have to add a 20 cent stamp, as long as it is under 1 ounce.  Anything over 1 ounce is a 20 cent stamp extra per ounce.

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