To qualify for the USPS Flat Rate Mail class your mail piece has to fall between the dimension mentioned below.
|Dimension ||Minimum ||Maximum |
|Height ||6.125 inches ||12 inches |
|Length ||11.5 inches ||15 inches |
You can choose between Standard Mail (cheaper and slower) versus 1st Class Mail (expensive but faster) services when your mail piece qualifies for the Letter rate. If your mailing is not time sensitive or you can justify anywhere from 10-14 days for mailing then choose Standard. On the other hand if you mailing is time constraint then choose 1st Class. See the table below for details:
|Mail Service ||Standard ||1st Class Single Pc ||1st Class Presort ||Affix Postage Stamp |
|Cost ||Low Cost ||1st class postage ||Discounted 1st Class Postage ||$1.50/pc for 1st Class Postage + Labor to affix the postage |
|Time in Transit ||7 to 14 days ||2-4 days ||2-4 days ||2-4 days |
|Minimum no of Mail Pieces ||200 ||200 ||500 ||0 |
|Return Service* ||No ||Yes ||Yes ||Yes |
|Which one to Choose? ||Not time sensitive and want to get the best postage rate. ||Time sensitive mailing, but don't want to apply postage stamps or handle the mailing ||Time sensitive mailing, and want to save money on postage ||Time sensitive mailing, but don't want to apply postage stamps or handle the mailing |
*Return Service : If the address is bad or not deliverable the mailer will be returned back to the sender. This is not available on Standard mailing
Follow the next 3 steps to configure the Instant Calculator and get the correct postage price. It is easy.
Select from the correct Direct Mail Product Type. If you don't see the product then you are in the wrong Pay for Postage Product. Check the other Pay for Postage Products.
To decide which Postage option to select, you will need to know the number of addresses you have in your mailing list. So get a count of addresses. You maybe ordering 1000 postcard, but only have 950 addresses, then you will enter 950 in the QTY box.
What to enter in the "Order Number" text box? 2 Options:
a) Enter "new order" if you are placing the order for printing along with the postage.
b) OR Find & Enter the order number for which you are paying the postage.