Postage when mailing lumpy cards

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Posted 2/4/2013 by tinkgumby in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 2/4/2013 11:09:48 AM
I just made a bunch of cards to send out - with buttons and glazed brads and lace and chipboard and stuff. They're fairly lumpy. I HATE going to the post office - do you guys have experience with how much postage is required on these?

Some are standard size, some are 5.5 x 5.5. I'm wondering if I can get away with just tossing a couple of stamps on each.


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Posted: 2/4/2013 11:11:20 AM
it's 20c surcharge (unless they upped it) for lumpy (aka 'nonmachinable) cards. It's also a 20c surcharge for square cards.



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Posted: 2/4/2013 11:12:22 AM
Also, make sure they aren't over 1 oz if they seem rather heavy with all the embellishments.



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Posted: 2/4/2013 11:12:48 AM
I hate to be the bearer of bad news but... I would take then in. Since they are non-machineable they charge a special rate. It would suck if you didn't have the right postage on them and they were sent back. Sorry.

Oh and do you need my address to send me a nice pretty card? just kidding


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Posted: 2/4/2013 11:25:17 AM
Thank you!! Mom2Tom, where have you BEEN? Sure I'll send you a pretty card!


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Posted: 2/4/2013 12:36:41 PM
if i dont have the 20c handy i slap on 2 cents LOL


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Posted: 2/4/2013 12:41:25 PM
Be sure to write on the front "hand stamp" or something to that affect so they don't go thru the machine. If you take them to the post office they have a special stamp for that.


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Posted: 2/4/2013 2:03:58 PM
Believe it or not, it can vary depending on your post office.

If I take it to my post office or my mom's it's the 20¢ upcharge for the bulk if it's noticeable. They don't charge extra for a brad, rhinestone, or bow.

If it's taken to the work post office, I've been charged as much as 95¢ additional for something the thickness of a paperclip or glue dot and been chastised for not using a padded envelope.

I have one friend that also scraps & makes cards. When I send her cards, I turn them inside out. When the bumpy is on the inside of the card, the finicky post office doesn't seem to notice. Of course, I don't do this with other recipients because it would be tacky or they would think wth?.


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Posted: 2/4/2013 3:41:43 PM
It can vary... by a lot, based on the weight and thickness of the cards, and even from post office to post office. Sometimes the cards are ok when you send them with a regular stamp, but other times they'll charge you the $.20 extra for hand cancelling, and other times they might be so thick they consider them to basically be packages. I'd recommend taking them in and having them handled by the postal workers. Unless you specifically give it to them to hand cancel (and pay the extra to have that done), all the envelopes dropped in mailboxes get machine processed, and unfortunately the damaged ones are not always returned to you I do the padded envelope thing for lumpy cards, and though that way is much more expensive, they're much more likely to get there in one piece.


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Posted: 2/4/2013 3:57:30 PM
Sometimes it could be as simple as who you get at the PO. I swear some are pickier than others. The slightest bump and one wants to charge you the extra fee. I paid extra for some of my Christmas cards. Then I said screw that when I had more to mail out and just stamped them myself and I don't think there was any problem.



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Posted: 2/4/2013 4:05:06 PM
I am from Canada and haven't had to pay extra for a square card.
But when I mailed them from the US I had to pay .20c extra for a square card.
As for the lumps I would put in a piece of thin chipboard (like the back of a paper pad or chip box) the same size of the envelope so it isn't as lumpy or any embellishments poke through the card.

Tracy



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Posted: 2/4/2013 4:17:55 PM
I would also take them in. Each post office seems to be a little different.

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Posted: 2/5/2013 2:33:24 PM
Thanks for all the answers! I took mine in to the post office as many of you suggested. They said the two stamps I had on them were fine, and hand canceled them without commenting on the bumps and lumps.


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Posted: 2/5/2013 3:24:15 PM
I usually put three stamps on the front and hope for the best. So far I think all of mine have been delivered.
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