Loc: Pacific NW
|Posted: 12/22/2012 10:11:39 AM|
I made a card using one of the Studio G blank cards, a 5 x 5 square and sent it to my dd. She said she did not get the card but instead got a message that there was "postage due" on it.
Costco Christmas cards are much bigger, 6 x 8, (which is not standard business size envelope either) and they supposedly only need one stamp. What's the deal with extra postage? How do you know what shape or size requires special postage, assuming all weigh less than one ounce.?
|Posted: 12/22/2012 10:17:41 AM|
Square cards require more postage and I also believe if it is a letter more than 1 ounce it also requires more.
YMMV on thick or lumpy cards.
Although it is odd, my sister forgot a stamp completely on a card she sent me and it arrived in just two days, no problem...
I think the shapes and thickness has to do with the sorting machines.
|Posted: 12/22/2012 11:03:37 AM| Postage for letters
Here is a link with the requirements.
The non machineable surcharge is 20 cents on a letter, I think!
Loc: West Texas
|Posted: 12/22/2012 11:24:01 AM|
I had the link Heidi provided bookmarked at one point on my computer to know what is a surcharge and what isn't.
Any size of card that is square will have a surcharge no matter how big or small---of course it cannot be smaller than a 5x5 square---an no matter the weight----unless it's over 3.5 oz, then there's another surcharge also (at least that's how I read the info in the link).
But I have heard from others, that when postage was due on a card, they had to go pick it up at the post office and pay the difference that was due to get the card. I always thought the post office would mail it back to the sender to add the postage---but I guess the way they do it, avoids more costs for them??
Loc: Pacific NW
|Posted: 12/22/2012 11:42:10 AM|
Now I feel bad about several cards I have sent recently, particularly the "thank you's". I guess the recipients were too polite to mention it or else they didn't bother to pay the postage due.
Loc: West Texas
|Posted: 12/22/2012 12:41:03 PM|I know how you feel M!!! I have thought the same thing! When I first started mailing cards, I did not know that bumps and hard things (brads, embellishments) would cause a surcharge on cards ---and I mailed several thank-yous with one tiny brad here or there. Even though I did not know if there was a surcharge to the recipient, I wanted to send another card saying sorry! lol!!
I have sent a card that had a piece of diecut that I popped up with foam stickers---and with that card, I did not send it with a surcharge, since I had seen cards at the store that way and their corresponding envelope did not say to add a surcharge.
|Posted: 12/22/2012 9:05:12 PM|
I learned this lesson the hard way two years ago when I sent square-shaped Christmas cards. What's really weird is that some were returned to me for insufficient postage, and others made it safely to their recipients, no problem.
|Posted: 12/23/2012 6:09:56 PM|
Yea... square cards mail at a premium price... but it it's a special card, I don't mind.