How Can You Use Bubble Mailer To Save Cost Through USPS?

The smaller and lighter the bubble mailer is, the cheaper it will be to ship.
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May 14, 2024

What is Bubble Mailer?

Bubble mailers are padded envelopes used for mailing fragile or slightly fragile items that need extra protection. They may also be referred to as padded envelopes. They look like a traditional yellow or manila envelope on the outside but are lined with bubble wrap for extra protection.

Bubble mailers come in various sizes to accommodate items of different sizes. They are smaller and lighter than mailing items in boxes or other packages, so mailing costs are usually lower. Bubble Mailer can purchase them in bulk at most post offices, office supply stores or online. Bubble mailers typically have a peel-off strip of tape at the top, making it easier to seal the envelope without tape.

Which USPS Service Should I Choose For Using Bubble Mailer?

You usually have two packaging options when sending a product: a box or an envelope.
  1. When are bubble mailers considered packages?

Please note that the USPS package size should be a minimum of 3/4 inch thick or more extensive. As long as the total thickness of your mail is at least 3/4 inch, you can use any USPS shipping service to send it. 

ShipSaving recommends that you choose USPS First-Class Mail Service for your shipping, as it is the most cost-effective option in terms of both timeliness and price.

  1. When are bubble mailers considered envelopes?

If your mail is less than 3/4 inch thick, then you have what USPS refers to as a "flat" envelope. Therefore, USPS will ask you to mail them rather than ship them. The reason is that their thickness is within an envelope category and cannot be considered a package. 

How Much Does It Cost For USPS To Ship Bubble Mailer?

The cost of shipping bubble mailers depends on three factors. The first is its weight; the second is its size and the total distance it needs to be sent. Therefore, package shipping is primarily based on these three factors, not just the cost of using the USPS bubble mailer to determine the price.

In ShipSaving's experience, the smaller and lighter the bubble mailer is, the cheaper it will be to ship. Similarly, the shorter the delivery distance to the recipient, the more affordable the cost.

As mentioned earlier, ShipSaving recommends using the USPS First-Class Package Service when sending lightweight bubble mailers. Typically, the cost of sending a package via First Class Package ranges from $3 to $8. However, if you use ShipSaving to purchase a label,  you may be able to send a package for just over $2.

Note: First-Class Mail weighs a maximum of 13 ounces at the post office but can be mailed up to 16 ounces if using ShipSaving.

Save Money On Sending Bubble Mailers With ShipSaving

When you decide to mail your package, please do not go to the post office to make your label purchase. Instead, sign up for a free ShipSaving account to receive discounts of up to 89%. When you use the right shipping software, you can save big on postage and print your label right from home!

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Written on:

June 17, 2022
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