(Closed) Extra postage for “bumps” in envelope

posted 10 years ago in Paper
Post # 4
Member
359 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

In my experience, the Post Office will charge extra for anything not regular letter size. We were charged extra for the "bump" in our STD magnets, which was mounted on cardstock with photo corners. Not as big of a bump as a ribbon knot, but apparently, big enough to merit an extra charge.

 In addition, we were charged extra for a square STD, so basically postage came out to be more than the cost of the STD itself.

I already know our invites will cost extra for bumps and weight.

It would have been nice for your stationer to tell you about the extra postage, but they don’t have to. I found out about the extra charges from research on weddingbee actually.

In NYC to get your invites hand-canceled, the first 50 invites are free and its 5 cent extra for every invite after that.

Post # 5
Member
228 posts
Helper bee

I knew that the post office charges more for things that are thicker than 1/4" thick because they have to be handled by people instead of machine.  It’s listed as one of the extra things on the USPS’s site.

 But, I wasn’t aware that invitation makers were supposed to tell you about postage costs?  (I made my invitations so I don’t know how these things are supposed to work.)

Post # 7
Member
179 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2007

It’s true. My invitation was also pretty thick and due to the added bulkiness the PO said they would normally have to charge more. I was at my local PO so they were very nice about the whole thing (as long as it could slip through the slot), but otherwise I think if I went to any city PO, they would not have been so considerate. Although I was the one who insisted on my invitation being the way it was, my invitation maker/printer was nice enough to urge me strongly towards a certain size/style due to the extra postage. It’s good that they are on top of it but they don’t always know. It’s hard esp with the prices keep changing.

Post # 8
Member
179 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2007

Candi, about damage…I made shower invites with a ribbon that caused a bump.  Yes, the envelope got really dirty and sometimes tore where the bump was. I know that because I saw a few of them.

Post # 9
Member
24 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2008

i made my own pocketfold invites with various inserts. it ended up being fairly thick, although when i took it to the post office to have it weighed, it came out to .58 cents and no mention of it exceeding their thickness limit (it definitely wasn’t greater than 1/4 inch). i sent out some ‘trials’ to my family, and needless to say, some of them, if not all of them, arrived wrinkled or in some state of damage, either to the outer envelope, or to the pocketfold itself.

i went to another post office, and had someone else weigh it again, to the same result, so i figured that my invitations just barely make the cut.  i have no idea how many of the invitations have arrived to their destinations in some sort of jacked up condition, and it breaks my heart (and i try not to think about it), but if you can pay the extra to make sure they don’t run it through a machine, i would do it.  especially b/c you paid to have them made, you might as well pay the extra 50$ or whatever for peace of mind. believe me, lessons learned.

Post # 10
Member
228 posts
Helper bee

Ooh, that would suck.  Are the invitations already sealed?  Maybe you can try to flatten the bump a little to try to minimize damge… maybe carefully iron the bump?

Post # 12
Member
1 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2008

From my own experience I know the post office will not return stamps.  Your best bet would be to find someone else who was willing to buy them.  Sorry but good luck!

Post # 13
Member
134 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

I’ve never personally returned stamps, but have seen others do so in line in front of me. The only thing was that they had to be in their original condition. For example, if you bought a sheet of stamps all of the stamps from the sheet would need to be there. You can’t just return loose stamps. Hope that helps!

Post # 14
Member
402 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

 No sure if you’d mind but….could you use the .55 stamps you have and add .22 to it?

 

Post # 16
Member
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I’ve encountered that before. I also had a bump in my envelope due to a ribbon. I sent a test invitation to someone to see if they would get the invitation. They got it so we just paid the lower postage rate.

The topic ‘Extra postage for “bumps” in envelope’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors