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Date Posted: 8/16/2010 8:08 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/17/2010 2:04 AM ET
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I mail t-shirts all the time for one of the jobs I have. They have to go first class parcel rate. You might get away with paying large envelope a few times, but more likely than not you'll end up with shirts either returned to you or arriving postage due to the person you are sending it to. Obviously they can't go media mail rate, if you're sending a t-shirt package too heavy for first class, you have to go either Priority Mail or Parcel post. 

Date Posted: 8/17/2010 1:11 PM ET
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Postal rates will be determined by the weight of the package, not size unless you use a flat rate box. You could probably get a t-shirt in the smallest one for $4.95. You can look up the rates on the USPS.com site. Go to calculate postage and fill the package information and it will show you the various rates offered.

Date Posted: 8/18/2010 6:51 PM ET
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"Postal rates will be determined by the weight of the package, not size unless you use a flat rate box."

 

Right, but certain sizes and shapes of packages are ineligible for certain rates. T-shirts in large envelopes are not usually not eligible for large envelope rate because they are too thick. This is confusing if you are new to mailing that sort of thing.

There are also sometimes fees for odd shaped packages. A 3" by 3" letter would either be too small to mail or would cost extra. It looks like there is no minimum size for parcels, so in theory 3" by 3" would be OK: http://pe.usps.com/text/dmm100/mailing-domestic.htm

 

As far as t-shirts go, it usually costs me between ~$1.90 - $3.05 to send as a first class parcel. Generally the amount you could fit in a small flat rate box or envelope is under the weight limit for first class (but weigh and check). If you are sending multiple shirts somewhere relatively close, then you can just throw them in a Priority Mail Ty-Vek envelope and it might be ~$5-$7, but the non-flat rate PM postage is affected by distance, so definitely check first to see if it makes more sense to ship flat rate or not. USPS pushes flat rate a lot, but if you're shipping nearby, non-flat rate is usually cheaper under ~4 lbs. 

Date Posted: 8/19/2010 8:00 PM ET
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