Post # 1
i wrote out, addressed, and stamped 200 thank you notes.
The thank you cards are SQUARE, not rectangular.
Its light, falls into standard weight.
the SQUARE size is also smaller than a standard bday card.
I dropped off the 200 notes in a box at the post office.
We received them back with a note that stated,
"need to add 20 cents more stamp per card bc it is square."
has anyone heard of this ridiculous rule?
and the funny thing is:
certain thank you notes, we sent out earlier and they were delivered fine.
Post # 3
yeah, square cards typically cost more….when you buy cards in the store, they always say "extra postage required"
Just because they were delivered fine doesn’t mean anything. Sometimes my mom sends me square cards with just one stamp, and I get a little manilla envelope saying I, the receiver, owes the post office some change.
Post # 4
Thankfully I saw this online before I designed my invites….because I was planning squares! I’m sorry you didn’t know ahead of time.
Post # 5
Yep, they have to hand sort the square ones, regardless of the size of them, because they will not go through to auto feeder.
Post # 6
Here’s the information on the USPS website: "Letters are subject to a $0.20 surcharge if they are square, rigid or have certain nonmachinable characteristics."
For a while apparently, not all post office employees were aware of this surcharge, and so they would send through the square cards anyway. Then last May the post office had an awareness campaign about it and now everyone knows.
Post # 7
Unfortunatley it is true that since a square is not a standard size you have to pay an extra .20 I had to do this for my invitations as well.
Post # 8
So, our rehearsal dinner invitations were square, and my MIL dropped them off at the post office with only the standard postage. Most of them arrived without any issues at all, and only 1 of them (that I heard of any way) arrived with postage due. It was a little bit of a hiccup, but not a big deal since they were only going to our close friends and family. I just thought it was odd that some went through and others didn’t!