02-16-2013, 11:12 PM #41
Trading for Steelers,Penguins, and ex Michigan player (pm me for a list)
I mail once a week on Saturday.
Crosby : 205, Lemieux : 452, Bettis : 329, Hines Ward : 323
02-20-2013, 08:28 PM #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...
02-21-2013, 11:23 AM #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
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.
02-23-2013, 01:41 AM #44
thanks for the info.Hidden Content
Collecting Penguins; supercollecting Letang:
(406/430) - 94.4% (1 incoming; 5 pending redemptions) 48 1/1 Plates/Artists Proofs; 13 1/1 Expo Cards & 26 True 1/1 cards.
Collecting Goalie GU cards from ITG BTP - esp 06/07 and 11/12 Jumbo 10th Ann Sticks (27/30)
Set Killer Needed: 06/07 ITG HP Daniel Paille Number (GUN28)
02-24-2013, 12:48 AM #45
02-24-2013, 05:38 AM #46
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.LF these ITG Decades 1980's Autos: Tony Esposito SP, Mario Lemieux SP, Mark Messier EDM SP, Mark Messier CAN SP, Patrick Roy SP, Vladislav Tretiak SP. Also may need Quads, Golds or other low print runs; need Lindbergh Decades Trophy Winner Black. PC includes Sakic, Vaive, Salming, Lafleur, Shutt and anyone named Stastny except Yan. Also buying Tokarski rookie year cards if priced right.
02-24-2013, 05:37 PM #47
02-25-2013, 12:08 AM #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.
02-25-2013, 10:57 AM #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.....
02-25-2013, 11:01 AM #50