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 Author: JerseyGirl689 View Messages Posted By JerseyGirl689
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JerseyGirl689 (1265)

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This may be a stupid question, but I've never had this request, or shipped
this way before.

I have an order for 1 minifig head. They've asked if I would ship in a regular
envelope to save on shipping costs.

Honestly I don't have a problem with it, but I have no idea if the USPS will
allow it. Has anyone else ever sent parts this way? If so, did the USPS deliver
it?

Thanks
Darcy
 Author: KennyHester View Messages Posted By KennyHester
 Posted: Aug 22, 2019 00:05
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In General, JerseyGirl689 writes:
  This may be a stupid question, but I've never had this request, or shipped
this way before.

I have an order for 1 minifig head. They've asked if I would ship in a regular
envelope to save on shipping costs.

Honestly I don't have a problem with it, but I have no idea if the USPS will
allow it. Has anyone else ever sent parts this way? If so, did the USPS deliver
it?

Thanks
Darcy

If I were you, I would ask the owner of the store "Bricklover123". He offers
the shipping method with a letter and no tracking. I have purchased with this
method a couple of times. Never had a problem with the items. Still would ask
the owner.

Thanks,
Kenny
 Author: JerseyGirl689 View Messages Posted By JerseyGirl689
 Posted: Aug 22, 2019 00:17
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In General, KennyHester writes:
  In General, JerseyGirl689 writes:
  This may be a stupid question, but I've never had this request, or shipped
this way before.

I have an order for 1 minifig head. They've asked if I would ship in a regular
envelope to save on shipping costs.

Honestly I don't have a problem with it, but I have no idea if the USPS will
allow it. Has anyone else ever sent parts this way? If so, did the USPS deliver
it?

Thanks
Darcy

If I were you, I would ask the owner of the store "Bricklover123". He offers
the shipping method with a letter and no tracking. I have purchased with this
method a couple of times. Never had a problem with the items. Still would ask
the owner.

Thanks,
Kenny

Thanks, I will. Don't mind the no tracking part, it's just 1 head.
But don't know if it'll get safely delivered or end up being returned
to me for being improper. Can't blame them for wanting to save a couple
of bucks, plates or tiles maybe, but I think the envelope would be too thick
with a head.

Thanks again
 Author: mach1baby View Messages Posted By mach1baby
 Posted: Aug 22, 2019 00:19
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In General, JerseyGirl689 writes:
  This may be a stupid question, but I've never had this request, or shipped
this way before.

I have an order for 1 minifig head. They've asked if I would ship in a regular
envelope to save on shipping costs.

Honestly I don't have a problem with it, but I have no idea if the USPS will
allow it. Has anyone else ever sent parts this way? If so, did the USPS deliver
it?

Thanks
Darcy

If it goes in a regular envelope the machines they use to sort I can almost guarantee
that a minifig head will catch it and get ripped right out,
 Author: JerseyGirl689 View Messages Posted By JerseyGirl689
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In General, mach1baby writes:
  In General, JerseyGirl689 writes:
  This may be a stupid question, but I've never had this request, or shipped
this way before.

I have an order for 1 minifig head. They've asked if I would ship in a regular
envelope to save on shipping costs.

Honestly I don't have a problem with it, but I have no idea if the USPS will
allow it. Has anyone else ever sent parts this way? If so, did the USPS deliver
it?

Thanks
Darcy

If it goes in a regular envelope the machines they use to sort I can almost guarantee
that a minifig head will catch it and get ripped right out,

Yeah, I really don't feel comfortable with it. I'll give it until tomorrow
to see if I hear back from Kenny's suggestion and how it's worked for
them. Otherwise best to just tell him no and give him the option to cancel if
chooses. Thanks for the input.

Darcy
 Author: Adjour View Messages Posted By Adjour
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In General, JerseyGirl689 writes:
  This may be a stupid question, but I've never had this request, or shipped
this way before.

I have an order for 1 minifig head. They've asked if I would ship in a regular
envelope to save on shipping costs.

Honestly I don't have a problem with it, but I have no idea if the USPS will
allow it. Has anyone else ever sent parts this way? If so, did the USPS deliver
it?

Thanks
Darcy


Maybe with a thin layer of bubble wrap to smooth the size transition out?


I've seen this offered by other sellers, but my instinct is the sorting machine
would catch on it. I can't imagine how this works
 Author: JerseyGirl689 View Messages Posted By JerseyGirl689
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In General, Adjour writes:
  In General, JerseyGirl689 writes:
  This may be a stupid question, but I've never had this request, or shipped
this way before.

I have an order for 1 minifig head. They've asked if I would ship in a regular
envelope to save on shipping costs.

Honestly I don't have a problem with it, but I have no idea if the USPS will
allow it. Has anyone else ever sent parts this way? If so, did the USPS deliver
it?

Thanks
Darcy


Maybe with a thin layer of bubble wrap to smooth the size transition out?


I've seen this offered by other sellers, but my instinct is the sorting machine
would catch on it. I can't imagine how this works

I know, me either. In 15 years of buying & selling on multiple sites, I've
never shipped or received an order in a regular envelope, or had anyone request
it. Except capes slipped between 2 thin pieces of cardboard, if I remember correctly
they charged .75 for the postage.
 Author: calsbricks View Messages Posted By calsbricks
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In General, JerseyGirl689 writes:
  In General, Adjour writes:
  In General, JerseyGirl689 writes:
  This may be a stupid question, but I've never had this request, or shipped
this way before.

I have an order for 1 minifig head. They've asked if I would ship in a regular
envelope to save on shipping costs.

Honestly I don't have a problem with it, but I have no idea if the USPS will
allow it. Has anyone else ever sent parts this way? If so, did the USPS deliver
it?

Thanks
Darcy


Maybe with a thin layer of bubble wrap to smooth the size transition out?


I've seen this offered by other sellers, but my instinct is the sorting machine
would catch on it. I can't imagine how this works

I know, me either. In 15 years of buying & selling on multiple sites, I've
never shipped or received an order in a regular envelope, or had anyone request
it. Except capes slipped between 2 thin pieces of cardboard, if I remember correctly
they charged .75 for the postage.

Morning

According to the Royal Mail (UK) international guidelines for envelopes they
can be no 'thicker' than .5 cm Most heads are 10,1 mm 'thick'
so they cannot go in a letter (otherwise they will either be damaged in their
machinery or rejected).

The only elements of Lego we have ever been able to send in a letter are stickers,
 Author: yorbrick View Messages Posted By yorbrick
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  According to the Royal Mail (UK) international guidelines for envelopes they
can be no 'thicker' than .5 cm Most heads are 10,1 mm 'thick'
so they cannot go in a letter (otherwise they will either be damaged in their
machinery or rejected).

The only elements of Lego we have ever been able to send in a letter are stickers,

Before I had a minimum order price, I once had an order for 4 of Boba Fett's
rangefinders and nothing else, they went as a regular letter. They buyer got
charged for larger letter though as that was my minimum postage assumption. And
just as well because after paypal fees I think I made about 2p on that order.

 
Part No: 61190d  Name: Minifigure, Helmet Rangefinder for Helmet SW Clone Trooper with Holes
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61190d Minifigure, Helmet Rangefinder for Helmet SW Clone Trooper with Holes
Parts: Minifigure, Headgear Accessory
 Author: Adjour View Messages Posted By Adjour
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In General, JerseyGirl689 writes:
  In General, Adjour writes:
  In General, JerseyGirl689 writes:
  This may be a stupid question, but I've never had this request, or shipped
this way before.

I have an order for 1 minifig head. They've asked if I would ship in a regular
envelope to save on shipping costs.

Honestly I don't have a problem with it, but I have no idea if the USPS will
allow it. Has anyone else ever sent parts this way? If so, did the USPS deliver
it?

Thanks
Darcy


Maybe with a thin layer of bubble wrap to smooth the size transition out?


I've seen this offered by other sellers, but my instinct is the sorting machine
would catch on it. I can't imagine how this works

I know, me either. In 15 years of buying & selling on multiple sites, I've
never shipped or received an order in a regular envelope, or had anyone request
it. Except capes slipped between 2 thin pieces of cardboard, if I remember correctly
they charged .75 for the postage.


I was thinking about this more and I remembered that I've received mesquite
and Palo Verde seeds from eBay this way from muliple eBay sellers. They are not
much different in size than a figure head, are very firm and there were certainly
more of them than 1. They were in a baggies with a normal 8 x 10 piece of paper
around them like you would fold a letter.

So it is possible.
 Author: qwertyboy View Messages Posted By qwertyboy
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In General, Adjour writes:
  In General, JerseyGirl689 writes:
  In General, Adjour writes:
  In General, JerseyGirl689 writes:
  This may be a stupid question, but I've never had this request, or shipped
this way before.

I have an order for 1 minifig head. They've asked if I would ship in a regular
envelope to save on shipping costs.

Honestly I don't have a problem with it, but I have no idea if the USPS will
allow it. Has anyone else ever sent parts this way? If so, did the USPS deliver
it?

Thanks
Darcy


Maybe with a thin layer of bubble wrap to smooth the size transition out?


I've seen this offered by other sellers, but my instinct is the sorting machine
would catch on it. I can't imagine how this works

I know, me either. In 15 years of buying & selling on multiple sites, I've
never shipped or received an order in a regular envelope, or had anyone request
it. Except capes slipped between 2 thin pieces of cardboard, if I remember correctly
they charged .75 for the postage.


I was thinking about this more and I remembered that I've received mesquite
and Palo Verde seeds from eBay this way from muliple eBay sellers. They are not
much different in size than a figure head, are very firm and there were certainly
more of them than 1. They were in a baggies with a normal 8 x 10 piece of paper
around them like you would fold a letter.

So it is possible.

I haven't checked with USPS, but Canada Post specifies what type of contents
can be sent in each of their offerings. For regular envelopes (the rate you would
use to send a post card etc) it explicitly says only paper etc is allowed, so
you are not allowed to send plastic parts. We also have "letterpost", which is
completely mis-named, as it explicitly allows to ship plastic etc (items which
are not allowed here are things that could harm postal workers, like explosives).

Some sellers in Canada ignore these rules and ship tiles in a regular envelope
at the cheap rates, and it usually arrives. In that regards, you could say it
is possible, but it is not technically allowed. If customers ask us to ship tiles
as being a paper letter, we refuse, and possibly lose a sale or two.

Again, not sure if there are such rules for USPS, so this may not apply.

Niek.
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In General, JerseyGirl689 writes:
  This may be a stupid question, but I've never had this request, or shipped
this way before.

I have an order for 1 minifig head. They've asked if I would ship in a regular
envelope to save on shipping costs.

Honestly I don't have a problem with it, but I have no idea if the USPS will
allow it. Has anyone else ever sent parts this way? If so, did the USPS deliver
it?

Thanks
Darcy


Take it to the post office. Ship it as non-machineable. Have them check but it
should fit through the non-machineable slot. It costs .71 cents to ship non-machineable.
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I've received packages where items have popped out of quality bubble mailers.
The USPS can be harsh on packages. I wouldn't offer this method for anything
other than cheap stickers.

In General, JerseyGirl689 writes:
  This may be a stupid question, but I've never had this request, or shipped
this way before.

I have an order for 1 minifig head. They've asked if I would ship in a regular
envelope to save on shipping costs.

Honestly I don't have a problem with it, but I have no idea if the USPS will
allow it. Has anyone else ever sent parts this way? If so, did the USPS deliver
it?

Thanks
Darcy
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In General, JerseyGirl689 writes:
  This may be a stupid question, but I've never had this request, or shipped
this way before.

I have an order for 1 minifig head. They've asked if I would ship in a regular
envelope to save on shipping costs.

Honestly I don't have a problem with it, but I have no idea if the USPS will
allow it. Has anyone else ever sent parts this way? If so, did the USPS deliver
it?

Thanks
Darcy

Based on the answers. seems I'm not the only one who didn't know. So
here's what I found out, piece must be UNIFORM in thickness, no bumps and
less then 1/4 inch. So any part thin enough, such as plates, tiles, capes, antennas,
weapons, etc... to place between a couple of thin pieces of cardboard would work.
Hmmm, problem solved, heads are a no no.

Thanks for all your input. Darcy
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Nearly all my orders are 2-3 pieces or 1 Minifigure. So far I have successfully
mailed everything in a quality bubble mailer (usually with some extra padding),
and sent them First Class Parcel (2-5 days) thick envelope. This method can
ship up to 16oz. The price varies depending on where it is going but most of
my 2-3oz packages ship with tracking for $2.66-$3.24. I have not had anyone
complain about damaged packaging yet, and I doubt I will.
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In General, VOTB writes:
  Nearly all my orders are 2-3 pieces or 1 Minifigure. So far I have successfully
mailed everything in a quality bubble mailer (usually with some extra padding),
and sent them First Class Parcel (2-5 days) thick envelope. This method can
ship up to 16oz. The price varies depending on where it is going but most of
my 2-3oz packages ship with tracking for $2.66-$3.24. I have not had anyone
complain about damaged packaging yet, and I doubt I will.

I completely agree, I ship the same way for anything 13 oz or less. Once you
exceed the 13 oz. limit 1st class parcel, thick envelope is no longer an option.
For orders over 13 oz. USPS (EP14PE) flat rate priority padded envelopes work
well. They're free from USPS, easily hold around 3 lbs., come with tracking,
$50.00 worth of insurance and online postage cost is $7.50. A little hard to
get at local facilities though, I order them online 2 bundles at a time, they
deliver them right to my door at no charge.