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  1. #41
    Quote Originally Posted by fdp79 View Post
    you would think so....but ive had different results depending on the clerk...the old school clerks that have been shipping my packages for years dont mind me using the large letter ($2.50 approx) while a couple young guns are hell bent on charging me $6.50+...so im just going to politely decline to be served by the young men for now on and wait for the open minded senior clerks. the information provided by the OP is valid and its up to us to try and find the clerks that are willing to work with us....if you dont like what a doctor tells you then you go to another doctor for a second opinion....dont we
    to further add on you could go to 3 different clerks and it's not out of the possibility to receive 2 different prices or even. Comparing a doctor's opinion on your health to a postal clerk on rates they charge is just a bit of a stretch. Also when does the extra travel,gas and time eventually become a zero sum gain?
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  2. #42
    Just went to my local post office the other day with a size#000 bubble mailer addressed to Canada (from the US). They accepted it as a "large envelope" w/o the customs form and what not. Weight was only 1 oz (2 cards, top loader, and team bag) and it ended up costing me like $2.50 total. Hopefully this works...
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  3. #43
    USPS Clerks were all given a standard form with those crazy arrows when you get to a "What Happens Next" I saw it with my own eyes.

    When you get to the point with a bubble envelope or a thicker PWE that will not go through the smallest USPS Slot Guide ..... the arrow then goes to the right -> It says " Non-Machineable or Large Envelope.

    There is also an arrow that goes down. It is only used if the Bubble Envelope or PWE exceeds 3.5 Ounces.

    The New Magic Number that we all thought was 2.0 Ounces, is actually 3.5 Ounces


    Conclusion.... Finally:


    You can ship to any International Location, from any destination in the USA, at any USPS outlet, ship a Bubble Envelope, or a PWE that is under 3.5 Ounces for either the Non-Machinable Rate, or the Large Envelope Rate, via International Letter.

    You cannot use a Customs Form as this precludes any directives and automatically becomes an International Package.


    For those of you still struggling, don't give up, somebody at your local PO must have received this form.

  4. #44
    thanks for the info.
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  6. #46
    Quote Originally Posted by centrehice View Post
    Mind your own business, I'm not talking to you.
    See, it's this kind of comment that makes people think you are an @$$ and only serves to detract from your attempted message. It's great that this works for you, but more than one person has had a different experience. Don't have a hissy fit when they share it.

    I only use the Automated Postal Center now to print my postage - if I take anything padded to a clerk, it goes as a package. I have tried three different post offices in Phoenix and all tell me that. If I leave a customs form off of the envelope, then I find it back in my mailbox in a couple of days. So, for me, this is what works:

    - go to the APC, calculate shipping for large envelope to country of delivery
    - stick a customs form on it with "photos" as content
    - buy a stamp with 30 cents added to the calculated charge and stick it on
    - pray to the postal gods

    I've been doing this since well before the rates shot up and haven't had any trouble. YMMV.
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  7. #47
    Quote Originally Posted by centrehice View Post
    Mind your own business, I'm not talking to you.
    This is a public forum, sir

  8. #48
    I tried this method at 3 local post offices. It only worked once. Unfortunately, this method only works if you are willing to lie that your hockey card is a photo or document, which, as much as you would like, a card, especially auto/GU is NOT a photo and therefore must be sent as a parcel. Also, the fact that there are dutiable goods in the package, cannot be sent as a letter, machineable or not.

  9. #49
    I also have tried 3 different PO's and had different results every time.....So what I now do is if I know the card will sell for less than $25,I just slap 4 stamps on it and send it on its way.No customs form,lines,or clueless clerks,and so far none have been returned to me...If its a higher end card I try to send it as a large envelope,just so I have proof that I mailed it....Its actually been costing me less to mail to Canada than before the rates went up.....

  10. #50
    Quote Originally Posted by Gallinator View Post
    See, it's this kind of comment that makes people think you are an @$$ and only serves to detract from your attempted message. It's great that this works for you, but more than one person has had a different experience. Don't have a hissy fit when they share it.

    I only use the Automated Postal Center now to print my postage - if I take anything padded to a clerk, it goes as a package. I have tried three different post offices in Phoenix and all tell me that. If I leave a customs form off of the envelope, then I find it back in my mailbox in a couple of days. So, for me, this is what works:

    - go to the APC, calculate shipping for large envelope to country of delivery
    - stick a customs form on it with "photos" as content
    - buy a stamp with 30 cents added to the calculated charge and stick it on
    - pray to the postal gods

    I've been doing this since well before the rates shot up and haven't had any trouble. YMMV.

    You called my out, you do that, you get it right back. I'm trying to help everyone out here, you got a beef with that, then be a man and send me a PM.

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