Postage Cost of Greeting Cards | Overview

When you are sending greeting cards through USPS, a typical card can be mailed for the cost of 1 postage stamp.

In 2020, a 1-oz First-Class Mail postage stamp costs $0.55 at the Post Office. Lookup First-Class Mail letters rates.

Smaller greeting cards that do not require envelopes may also be eligible for postcard pricing. In 2020, a First-Class Mail postcard stamp costs $0.35 at the Post Office.

ShippingEasy partners with Stamps.com to provide First-Class Mail letter postage in 1-ounce increments, up to 3.5-ounces. Learn how to purchase a First-Class Mail letter stamp.

Examples of Greeting Card Postage Costs

Large Musical Greeting Card
  • Card dimensions:
    • Measures 6.5" long x 6.5" high x 0.25" thick
    • Weighs 1.5 ounces
  • Issues:
    • Exceeds the maximum letter height of 6.125"
  • Suggested service and cost:
Small Square Greeting Card
  • Card dimensions:
    • Measures 5.5" long x 5.5" high x 0.25" thick
    • Weights 2 ounces
  • Issues:
    • It does not meet the aspect ration criterion for a letter. Since it is square, the aspect ratio is less than 1.3.
  • Suggested service and cost:
    • Since it's uniformly thick, slightly flexible, and within letter-size dimensions, it qualifies for First-Class Mail. But because it does not meet the aspect ratio, it is considered non-machinable.
    • Pay the 2-ounce First-Class Mail rate, plus a non-machinable surcharge.
Letter Size Greeting Card
      • Card dimensions:
        • Measures 6.625" long x 5" high x 0.125" thick
        • Weighs 2 ounces
      • Issues:
        • None
      • Suggested service and cost:
        • Since it's uniformly thick, slightly flexible, within letter-size dimensions, and meets the aspect ratio criterion, it qualifies for First-Class Mail.
        • Pay the 2-ounce First-Class Mail rate.

Besides the weight of the card, there are a couple of potential charges that might affect the price of your postage:

    •  Non-machinable surcharge
    • “Rigid” letter-size pricing

Non-Machinable Greeting Cards

The Non-Machinable Surcharge applies to First-Class Mail letters that cannot be processed automatically, such as envelopes that are too large, too small, or mislabeled. Letters that cannot be processed using standard sorting machines must be sorted by hand. For instance, square greeting cards often do not fit in standard sorting equipment. Learn more about USPS non-machinable surcharges.

As of January 2020, USPS's non-machinable surcharge for First-Class Mail is $0.15.

Keep in mind, cards sent as a "large envelope/flat" are not subject to the non-machinable surcharge. Learn more about First-Class Mail flats.

“Rigid” Letter-Size Pricing

Greeting cards can be classified as “rigid” if it cannot flex at least 1-inch and is less than:

          • 11-1/2" x 6-1/8" x 1/4" thick
          • 3.5 ounces

If letters meet these conditions, they will be charged the standard postage rate, plus a non-machinable surcharge. Find out how USPS determines flexibility.

If greeting cards exceed these dimensions, they will be priced as a "large envelope/flat". Learn more about First-Class Mail flats.

Sending Oversized Greeting Cards

It may be possible to send an oversized greeting card as a letter by folding it smaller. To do so, fold it gently and seal it with a wafer glue, sealing glue, or tape.

Be sure to avoid mailing issues by checking that:

          • The adhesive does not interfere with the barcode or mailing address.
          • The letter falls within the acceptable sizes for folded self-mailers:
            4-1/4” x 6” minimum up to 6-1/8” x 10-1/2” maximum.

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