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USPS Priority Mail

Benefits: Flat rate, fast and efficient, USPS will deliver free shipping boxes and pick up packed boxes from any address.

We know that it takes a lot of time and effort to be a part of a charity, and we think that shipping should be the easiest part of this whole exchange. For that reason, we decided to create a guide on using USPS Priority Mail shipping because it is fast and easy, and the shipping boxes come at no cost to you.

If you are following one of our Auction Plan Guides then you have time to order the USPS flat rate variety pack and have it shipped directly to your door. You can read about and order a pack from the USPS site here.

It seems to take the post office around 2 weeks or so to get the boxes packed up and delivered to your address, so if you are in the posting phase and you need to determine shipping prices sooner than that, stop by your local USPS and they should have all of these different sized boxes available to pick up. They are provided for free, so you don’t have to wait in line.

For the more concerned shippers, USPS offers delivery confirmation on packages of any size, from stamped envelopes up to huge boxes for the flat rate of $0.80 cents per item. This would be helpful if someone says that they did not receive their item even though you suspect that they did.

After getting the materials, take each flattened box and follow the guides to fold it into a box. With the smallest sized shipping box, I find that you need some tape to make it stay in it’s box shape without sealing it. Set out all of your items and ‘box’ them, making note of the smallest sized box that they could fit into. Then look up the price of that sized box, and put that in for the auction's shipping cost.

If you print the label from the USPS website, not only is it a little bit cheaper, but your postman or postwoman will pick them up from your address and you don’t have to go to the post office at all!

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