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Free! Priority Mail Rate Guide: A Cheat Sheet to Low Shipping Costs

June 21st, 2011
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Example of Priority Mail Rate Guide

As your most cost-effective mail carrier, the USPS® offers special pricing for Priority Mail shipping including regular Priority Mail, Priority Mail Flat Rate and the new Priority Mail Regional Rate boxes. Determining which type of Priority Mail box to use can be complicated because the price varies greatly depending on the weight and destination of the package as well as type of box.

Are you getting confused? If so, you’re not alone. Many shippers are finding it difficult to compare Priority Mail rates and to find factual information that helps to simplify matters, until now.

FREE! Download the Priority Mail Rate Guide

Introducing the Stamps.com Priority Mail Rate Guide
To simplify everything for shippers, Stamps.com created a downloadable Priority Mail Rate Guide. It provides pricing for each Priority Mail box type, and within an easy-to-use table are Priority Mail boxes listed in order from lowest price to highest price. There are many benefits to using the guide, including:

  • Find the cheapest Priority Mail rate — The greatest benefit of the guide is that it can be used to identify the most cost-effective option for Priority Mail. The guide does all the work for you! Sending a 4 lb. package of clothes from Los Angeles to Florida?  By using the guide, you can identify the cheapest option and save up to $5.25, as shown in the following table:

4 lb. Package of Clothing – From California to Florida

Priority Mail Type: Cost:
Priority Mail Regional Rate – Box A $9.37
Priority Mail Flat Rate – Medium Box $10.50
Priority Mail Flat Rate – Large Box $14.20
Priority Mail Regional Rate – Box B $14.62
Priority Mail (regular) $14.62
  • Avoid the myths about Priority Mail — The guide helps to identify facts about Priority Mail. For example, many shippers think Priority Mail Flat Rate is always the cheapest option based on TV commercials featuring the tagline “If it fits, it ships.” Using the chart will show that regular Priority Mail or Regional Rates are often much cheaper options.

PRIORITY MAIL TIP: For a 1 lb. package, regular Priority Mail beats out all other options except the Priority Mail Small Flat Rate box, which is very limited in size.

  • Find low-cost Priority Mail Regional Rates for nationwide shipping — Many shippers also think that Regional Rate boxes are only for local shipments in the same region because “Regional” appears in the name. Using the guide will show that Regional Rate boxes are cost-effective for nationwide shipments too.

PRIORITY MAIL TIP: Excluding the Small Flat Rate Box, Regional Rate Box A is the lowest cost option for ALL zones for packages weighing between 2 lbs. and 15 lbs.

  • Find the best Priority Mail Flat Rate for heavy packages — If you are shipping heavy packages, there is no cheaper option than Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes. Using the guide demonstrates this as well.

PRIORITY MAIL TIP: Shipping packages that weigh 20 lbs. or more? Use Priority Mail Flat Rate. You pay the same low flat rate cost whether it weighs 1 lb. or 70 lbs. and cost efficiencies start at 20 lbs.

Download the Priority Mail Rate Guide for personal use and easy referencing now. Stamps.com believes that shipping should be simple, so be sure to take advantage of Priority Mail Rate Comparison Guide!

  1. cmoorecole
    April 12th, 2013 at 15:19 | #1

    I have 2 orders that need to be shipped asap, need large boxes and the Regional rate box C is perfect, but the charts show that I’m supposed to pay over $30 to ship these from 97006 to zones in central and eastern parts of the country, while, if I put these orders in some old beat up box, they will ship for around $11.50. I’m sorry but I am totally confounded by this issue and have searched usps.com, and everything I can find in a search and come up with no answers. I sent out some orders using this regional rate box last week and my customers were happy. I used the rate that came up in my stamps.com program for priority mail and sent them off, totally unaware that there was any kind of “special rate” for regional boxes. Now I see on charts that the cost is outrageously higher to use these boxes, while the website declares that they are economical alternatives. Customers were happy & I didn’t hear any complaint about anyone being charged an extra $29 at the door nor did any boxes come back demanding more postage. What am I just not getting with these charts?

  2. stampscomblog
    June 29th, 2011 at 07:24 | #2

    Hi Dawne,

    The Stamps.com software will do that for you automatically once the address is imported. But you can also use the USPS tool below — just enter the first three digits of your zip code for the delivery address.



  3. Dawne
    June 29th, 2011 at 06:30 | #3

    How do I know what zone number to look under?

  4. stampscomblog
    June 28th, 2011 at 08:20 | #4

    Hi Melis, Thanks for the comment. We dont have a rate guide for envelopes yet, but we may build one in the future.


  5. stampscomblog
    June 28th, 2011 at 08:18 | #5

    Hi Laura, Correct, the Zone is where the package is being delivered to. So if you have a 3 lb. package going to Zone 3, just find the correct cell and it should show you the cheapest Priority Mail package.


  6. Melis992002
    June 28th, 2011 at 08:12 | #6

    Very helpful rate guide.  Is this available for envelopes too?

  7. Laura
    June 27th, 2011 at 15:21 | #7

    So is the zone where the package is being sent from or sent to??

  8. stampscomblog
    June 22nd, 2011 at 12:29 | #8

    Hi Jason,

    Sorry for the frustration this print error has caused. This sounds like it may be an offset printing issue. But we need to find out more info.

    Can you call our support team at 1-888-434-0055 (Mon-Fri, 6am to 6pm PT)


  9. Jason
    June 22nd, 2011 at 04:21 | #9

    I printed in Black and White and then Color, and every place that the Stamps.com logo is, I cannot read the prices!!! The logo covers the prices….

    Started out as a good thing, but useless to me….

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