|Mon Mar 10 2014 17:15:17|
eBay Sellers Question Priority Mail Envelope Restrictions
Apparently there is controversy once again over Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelopes (not the new padded ones but the original chipboard envelopes). At the center of this controversy is the following, found on the USPS website.
Beware of 'Priority Mail pouches'
Employees reminded of Priority Mail flat-rate policies
Posted 2/27/14 at 4:43 p.m.
USPS is reminding employees to watch out for customers improperly turning Priority Mail Flat Rate envelopes into pouches to increase their capacity.
Some customers are using social media to demonstrate how they enlarge flat-rate envelopes to take advantage of the expanded capacity while paying a lower price. However, postal regulations prohibit customers from reconfiguring Priority Mail Flat Rate packaging.
According to the Domestic Mail Manual, tape may be used on the flaps and seams to reinforce the container; “provided the design of the container is not enlarged by opening the sides and the container is not reconstructed in any way.”
If a customer has manipulated or reconstructed a Priority Mail Flat Rate envelope, the item should be weighed and zoned accordingly. The package can be accepted, but must be priced at a regular Priority Mail price - not the flat-rate charge.
What is interesting is the fact that the instruction from USPS tells counter staff that the package "must be priced at a regular Priority Mail price - not the flat rate charge." Seems to me, if a FRE has been converted into a "pouch" then the proper rate would be for the Flat Rate Padded Envelope on which there is no restriction about "pouching".
Either way, the memo from USPS directly conflicts with their "If It Fit It Ships" advertising for Priority Mail.