Posted at 18:24h
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Recently, we’ve had several opportunities to help customers disprove the old adage that “the best things in life are free.” The fact is that for many
shippers a free item may NOT be a good deal, for example when it is a USPS flat rate shipping box.
The USPS Flat Rate Deal
The USPS flat rate program is a marvelous idea, and they do a beautiful job of promoting it. Is there anyone who doesn’t love the TV commercial with the clown doll and the frightened family that is eager to return it? However, what is truly scary is how much that free box can actually wind up costing depending on the weight of the item being shipped.
Their program is fairly simple: “If it fits, it ships anywhere in the country for one low flat rate.” The rate for their smallest 8-1/2” long x 5-3/16” wide x 1-9/16″ high box (actual inside dimensions) has recently increased from $4.95 per box to $5.20 per box. That's still a heck of a deal for many customers considering they can ship unlimited
weight via USPS priority mail, which is typically a three day service. And don’t forget, the box is free.