How to Mail an International Letter by Maya Black - Updated August 21, Even in a world dominated by Internet communication, fax machines and phones, sometimes you still need to mail a letter to someone on the other side of the planet.
December 20, 6: I just returned from a baffling time at the local post office, trying to mail a Priority Mail Flat Rate envelope using the self-serve kiosk. The essential problem here is that there appear to be three different labeling options: An area on the envelope itself with "To" and "From" areas marked 2.
A "Priority Mail" address label, also with "To" and "From" areas, available in a stack right next to the envelopes 3. The barcoded label that comes from the kiosk, which has only a "To" area It should be noted that there is no commonality among these -- each has a distinct size, shape, style and color.
The only indication that they might be interchangeable alternatives is that they represent the same information well, except for the barcoded label. Needless to say, my past experience with the post office did not leave me inclined to believe I could leave out some paperwork just because it was redundant.
To top it all off, there's yet another type of sticker, available on rolls, which simply says "Priority Mail. I finally just put the barcoded label with only a "To" address on the address area of the envelope turning it sideways so it didn't cover any of the other markings on the envelope.
I can guess as to the purpose of some of this, but my guesses don't make complete sense -- for example, the "Priority Mail" sticker looks like it's for non-USPS boxes, but I thought the whole point of the flat rate system is that it uses a set of standardized boxes. Can anybody lay out the system here?
And ideally explain why an option heavily advertised on simplicity leaves so much arbitrarily vague? Other than "USPS is opaque and bureaucratic" -- they do a really good job on a lot of their other processes.
You can either write directly on the envelope or on the label and then affix that label on the envelope, same deal.
You can also send things Priority, NON-flat-rate, which is where the labels in 2 are useful: The barcoded labels are for special services, depending on color of the label: Delivery Confirmation, Signature Confirmation, etc. These are in addition to the actual mailing method, and those labels affixed and the part with the TO: IME, it doesn't matter, so long as you get the postage and the address on there somewhere.
PM does use a system of flat rate envelopes and boxes, but it also uses designated PM boxes and envelopes like that Tyvek envelope you'll see around that still need to be weighed and will vary in price, and it also allows you to send your own plain boxes and envelopes at PM rates.
I'm not familiar with the kiosk you used, as I do it all online at home, but I bet it's just giving you a variety of options for different types and sizes of box and will accept any as long as it's clear you paid the right amount. Yeah, but flexible and awesome if you pay online and get free tracking.
Write in your address, and ask the kiosk to print the smaller label. This is if you want to send another box or envelope by Priority Mail.
You can send anything by Priority, it doesn't have to be the specially printed boxes and envelopes. And if you have the time and supplies, you can frequently save a lot of money by using your own package.
There's no need to use a special Priority address label for it, though. Slap some of those Priority stickers on it if it makes you feel better, although they are not at all necessary in my experience.
Who is buying these giant labels? I do not know. Just tell it they won't fit on your package, and it will print a small label, about 1" tall x 2 " long, for you to use as a stamp. The secret, normal-sized postage stamp-ish thing you were probably expecting.
As mentioned, this can only be "unlocked" by telling the machine that the giant label won't fit on your package. Option 2 is intended for parcels or other mail not packaged in designated Priority Mail packaging. These labels just give you a place to write the address information if your packaging doesn't already have a place for it.Sep 19, · I think airmail envelopes have become something of an anachronism, a leftover from when the weight of your mail really did matter.
I can remember them being made of lighter weight paper and there being matching writing paper available - like onion skin paper. The #10 Envelope (4 1/8" x 9 1/2") in 20lb. Airmail is a lightweight yet durable envelope, perfect for airmail letters, invoices, or cards. Seal by moistenable glue along flap.
The #10 Envelope (4 1/8" x 9 1/2") in 20lb.
Airmail is a lightweight yet durable envelope, perfect for airmail letters, invoices, or cards. Seal by moistenable glue along flap.
Write your address above the rightmost box in the 70%(14). The swirly "Fishy Shoals" are my favorite from this line and I have used the gray for the envelopes, the multi-color on white for the background and the aqua in the narrow inner border (which is a design addition to the original pattern) and for the binding in the above quilt layout.
The address is just the address. What makes it airmail is writing "airmail" on the envelope and paying airmail postage.