Online clothing retailers can take advantage of weight-based shipping options to save on postage costs when shipping their products. Even when packages are on the heavier side, there are still low-cost options to choose from.
If your usual package is light, weighing under 15.9 ounces:
It qualifies for the USPS First Class Package Service which is the cheapest shipping option for light-weight packages that includes tracking. As clothing typically is not fragile, poly mailers become an inexpensive option for containing the clothes, usually costing pennies per pouch if you buy them in bulk.
Just keep in mind that USPS First Class Package Service doesn't include any insurance coverage. So, if your clothing is difficult to replace, consider Priority Mail or adding insurance.
When your package passes the 1lb mark, consider these other low cost options:
Priority Mail will be the next most cost effective option for shipping your heavier clothes ordes. Better yet, there are a variety of services available:
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.
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.
Priority Mail is based on your package's weight and how far it’s 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’s very heavy. For a deeper look at these services, see our comparison of Weight Rate vs. Regional Rates.
Postage costs will naturally increase as the weight and volume of your clothing shipment goes up. Pick the best service based on your shipment’s weight and destination.
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