To qualify for the USPS 1st Class Postcard Rate your mail piece has to fall between the dimension mentioned below.
|Dimension ||Minimum ||Maximum |
|Height ||3.5 inches ||4.25 inches |
|Length ||5 inches ||6 inches |
The nice thing about the Postcard rate is USPS already gives a discounted 1st class postage price for mail pieces which qualify as Postcard. The compromise you have to make is the size of the postcard. So if you can get the message in one of the postcard sizes which qualify for the Postcard rate, then you get the best postage rate for 1st class mailing. See the table below for more details
|Mail Service ||1st Class Single Pc ||1st Class Presort || Affix Postage Stamp |
|Cost ||1st class Postcard Rate ||Discounted 1st Class Postage ||$1.00/pc for 1st Class Postage + Labor to affix the postage |
|Time in Transit ||2-4 days ||2-4 days ||2-4 days |
|Return Service* ||Yes ||Yes ||Yes |
|Minimum no of Mail Pieces ||200 ||500 ||0 |
|Which one to Choose? ||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.