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Old 06-15-2011, 12:50 AM   #1
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USPS Flat rate boxes

First time shipping using flat rate boxes...

Im planning to get some boxes from the post office, take it home, fill it up and ship it. Can you just take some flat rate boxes from the post office and pay for it when you already filled it up and ready to ship? Or you pay for it before you can take it home? Thanks.
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Old 06-15-2011, 01:18 AM   #2
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You need to order them online. they deliver them to you about a week later.

You don't pay for postage until you get ready to send something, you can use either click-n-ship online to print out postage, or take it up there.

I suggest you get a mixture of boxes, if you are shipping light stuff its often much cheaper to go regular priority rates.

I would get a package of the 6x6x7 boxes, the 12x12x10 boxes, the large flat rate, medium flat rate, and the flat rate bubble mailers

Also there are some DVD/VCR? size boxes that you can get that fit perfectly into the flat rate bubble mailer, I stuff them into the bubble mailer sometimes as added cushion for whatever im sending.
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Hey David,

Thanks for the help. Is this box(pic, ps3 ctrl for size comparison) a flat rate box? I think it's a 9"x9"x2". I'm thinking of just getting this one. The other ones are a little big for what I'm shipping. Can I just go to the post office and get some boxes?
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9"x6"x2"...
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no that's not a flat rate box. The small flat rate is a lot smaller than that, but you can probably cram that 9" box into a flat rate bubble mailer, so it'd serve the same purpose.

I'm pretty sure you have to order them, but IDK, I don't go into my post office for anything other than to drop off prepaid packages.
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I just noticed on the box. It says "small flat rate box"(5 3/8" x 8 5/8" x 1 5/8"). $5.25 to ship. I'll go to the post office and see if I have to pay right away. Thanks for the help
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ohh nice, for some reason I thought it was bigger than that. Good luck!
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At my post office, the boxes are free(so you could just take them) and you pay when you print a shipping label.
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I went to the post office and grabbed a few boxes. It was free and I only paid when I shipped it.
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I always order them and they deliver them in a few days. I ordered 100 small, 50 medium, and 25 large. I use the small boxes a lot, I just wish they were a little better shaped. USPS did not have plants in mind when they made flat rate boxes, that's for sure.
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