What is the cheapest way to ship clothes?

When shipping clothing, the weight of the package and the distance it travels will determine how much postage will cost. Postage costs will naturally increase as the weight and volume of your clothing shipment goes up. 

Clothing shipments tend to fall on the lighter side, which means shippers can take advantage of weight-based shipping options to save on postage costs. Even when packages are on the heavier side, there are still low-cost options to choose from. Determine which category your shipment falls under and read about the low-cost options below.  Learn more about carrier package sizes and how to measure when using your own package


Package weight under 15.9 ounces
  • USPS First-Class Package Service is the cheapest shipping option for light-weight packages that include tracking.
  • Poly mailers are an inexpensive option for packaging clothes, usually costing pennies per pouch if you buy them in bulk.
  • USPS First-Class Package Service does not include any insurance coverage. So, if your clothing is difficult to replace, consider Priority Mail or adding insurance.
Package weight 1lb or over
  • Flat Rate Envelope and Padded Flat Rate Envelope

    These envelopes are free from USPS. If you can stuff your clothes inside the envelope and close it, then it will ship at the same postage rate regardless of its weight or travel distance. Also, as a ShippingEasy subscriber, you can get discounts on every Flat Rate shipment.

  • Regional Rate

    These boxes are only available online from the USPS. If your order is not going far, this is a cheap option that can cost less than Flat Rate and regular Priority Mail from USPS. Read our page on Regional Rate Boxes to learn more about how they work.

  • Weight-based rates

    Priority Mail is based on your package's weight and how far it is going. This can be a cheaper option than most, but will often lose to Flat Rate services if it has to travel far and Regional Rate services if it is very heavy. For a deeper look at these services, see our comparison of Weight Rate vs. Regional Rates.

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