Post # 1
Last week I took a sample of our 5.75″ square wedding invitation to the P.O. for weighing. They told me it’d be $1.05 per envelope to send, as it’s both odd-sized and over-sized and must be sent as flat-rate mail. It was more than I was expecting to pay, but after asking, “Are you sure?!” a couple of times I bought the stamps and addressed the envelopes over the weekend.
Remembering the advice of several bees, I brought the invitations to a different post office this morning to confirm the postage charge. (I really don’t want these getting bounced back or arriving postage-due!) This P.O. told me that postage should have been 84 cents, and I had spent an extra 21 cents per envelope. What the …?!
Given the varying opinions, I’m glad I went with the higher amount (I’d rather overpay than underpay). But still…this was an extra charge (and would’ve been much higher for a larger wedding!), not to mention that I had fewer pretty stamp choices at this level.
Really…is it so hard to accurately weigh and measure an envelope?! I would have guessed it was practically a no-brainer, but apparently it’s more complicated — and subjective — than I imagined!
What about you? Did you get different postage opinions from different P.O.s? How did you choose which one to go with? Were your invitations mailed with incorrect postage? If so, what happened?
Post # 3
ummmm…. 2nd date for us…. Fiance was supposed to be my “rebound” guy after breaking up with my high school sweetheart. Here we are 7 years later!!
Post # 4
Yeah you know I always wondered about this. The first time I went to get an estimate of my mock-up invite they told me it would be 42 cents or whatever price the stamps are in the 40 cent range these days. Then when we went to mail the real things it was 61 cents. I always assumed it was because I had changed one insert in the invite to be a slightly thicker paper. But I do wonder if that really could have made the price jump up that much or if it was just because I was at a different post office the second time.
Post # 5
My mom just went and had mine weighed today, and the post office is saying we only need one 44 cent stamp. I’m very surpised, so I think we’ll definitely be double-checking at another location in order to avoid the risk of ALL my invitations being returned to sender. All our guests will be travelling, so that would put us pretty short on time (not to mention we’d have just wasted a bunch of money on postage).
But you raise an interesting point…at what point in the mail process does it get decided that an envelope has insufficient postage? If the post office that weighed them and told you the amount is sorting/cancelling your invitations…shouldn’t they be okay? Or is that not how it works? I’m not sure…but I’m definitely in the “better safe than sorry” camp, and I’d have mailed my invitations with the extra postage just like you did!
Post # 6
Yep!! I dealt with this exact issue last week, and posted about it here:
Make sure the post office recalibrates their scale before weighing your invites!
I’m over it now, but I was really frustrated at the time.
Post # 7
I took my invitations to get weighed at the post office, and between the weight and square size, it was 61 cents. I sent all of the invitations out with the 61 cent stamps…and every invitation was exactly the same…but for some reason I got one invitation “returned to sender” because of insufficient postage?! The mailman wrote on the sticker that it needed an additional 20 cents or something. I am still puzzled.
Post # 8
I went to the post office today and saw two different rates for a small flat rate package. Both were posted prices. The first one was posted at $4.85 and the second was posted at $4.90. I can print online for $4.80. I don’t understand the rates can be different when it is for the exact same thing.