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Inexplicable USPS Packaging Costs

This morning, I went to my local post office of the United States Postal Service (USPS) to ship a package. The package was a small box weighing over 8 pounds (about 4 kilograms). To ship this package using standard mail (3-5 days delivery), it would have cost me over $23 (in US dollars) to my surprise.

Luckily for me, I am knowledgeable with the USPS shipping options. I went to the self service desk, picked up a free flat rate box (medium sized), put my original package in this flat rate box, and discovered shipping my package in this new box would be cheaper (over $12).

That means that I saved $11 (almost 50%) by shipping my package in a larger and slightly heavier box, plus the flat rate box was free to me yet a cost for the USPS. To make matters worse, this flat rate box was a priority mail box that has guaranteed delivery in 2-3 days (about half the time as the more expensive standard mail delivery option).

In my opinion, shipping my package using the priority mail flat rate box should be noticeably more expensive for the USPS, however it was cheaper. This does not make sense to me. I can only conclude that something must be fundamentally wrong with the pricing of shipping packages with the USPS.

by Phil for Humanity
on 09/04/2014

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