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United States/Covers & Postmarks : explain difference between Commercial Base and Retail/Post Office rates for Priority Mail Flat Rate

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05 Oct 2016
05:00:22pm
Can someone explain the difference between these two rates for the same box: Commercial Base and Retail/Post Office rates for Priority Mail Flat Rate. Commercial Base for medium FRPM box is $11.95 while Retail FRPM is $13.95.

any insights are appreciated

David


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05 Oct 2016
06:11:12pm
re: explain difference between Commercial Base and Retail/Post Office rates for Priority Mail Flat Rate

Based on something I shipped recently, I think I've figured out that you get the Commercial Base Rate if you purchase the postage through a label on PayPal or eBay. (At least it was true in my case. Not sure if it holds true in all shipping situations.)

The nice thing about PayPal is, I think, that you don't need a specific completed transaction to reference in order to purchase the label. I think you do with eBay.

But I could be all wrong about any of this.

Unfortunately, this means you can't use stamps on that shipment. (At one time a few years ago, the USPS had an application you could use where you could print the shipping labels (and get a discount, too, I think?) but still apply postage.)


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05 Oct 2016
07:17:16pm
re: explain difference between Commercial Base and Retail/Post Office rates for Priority Mail Flat Rate

thanks Dave

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05 Oct 2016
10:13:11pm
re: explain difference between Commercial Base and Retail/Post Office rates for Priority Mail Flat Rate

The reason you get the commercial rate through PayPal and ebay is because the two companies have contracts with USPS to get the rate and are allowed to pass it on to their users. The commercial rate also applies to businesses that ship large volumes of packages. I don't know what the threshold is.

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05 Oct 2016
10:28:52pm
re: explain difference between Commercial Base and Retail/Post Office rates for Priority Mail Flat Rate

And I can confirm that, at least for the large flat-rate boxes I had to send out, the discount was identical for eBay and PayPal.

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06 Oct 2016
02:35:56pm
re: explain difference between Commercial Base and Retail/Post Office rates for Priority Mail Flat Rate

thanks for the further clarification.

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