Easily Send Easter Mailings and Packages with Stamps.com

March 18th, 2016 Comments off

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This year, Easter falls on Sunday, March 27, and Stamps.com can help you celebrate in style! Easter egg hunts are fun, but hunting for information on mailing options isn’t.  We want to make the process easy for you!

Customize Your Easter Cards with Stamps.com
Easter is a great time to send a card to a loved one or friend.  Everyone likes getting mail!  If you want to send a card or letter, you can print postage on various envelope sizes, including sizes #9, #11, and #12, the Personal (3 5/8” x 6 1/2”) and Monarch (3 7/8” x 7 1/2”), and the NCR Greeting Card Envelope (8 3/4” x 5 3/4”).  You can also use our Custom Layout Designer to create custom envelopes and postcards of non-standard sizes.  Click on “Envelopes” in the left navigation bar and look for the envelope icon next to the “Printing On” drop-down list.

Make Your Easter Cards Extra Special with NetStamps
For Easter, we offer two fun designs: Easter Thoughts NetStamps and Easter Basket NetStamps.  You can order these fun designs in various quantities!  Once you receive them, you can add postage amounts to your sheets, either one at a time or on a full sheet.  Want to be prepared for other upcoming holidays?  Check out our other themed labels in the same category.

Easily Send Easter Care Packages with Stamps.com

Sometimes distance separates loved ones, but we can help!  Want to send decorated or blank eggs to a loved one or friend in the US?  Remember to individually cushion each one and pack them with plenty of padding.  With our Shipping Label option under our Packages section, you can easily print a trackable label on plain paper or on one of our self-adhesive labels, such as SDC-1200.  Another fun idea is to send plastic-eggs filled with candy or chocolate.  If you’re sending chocolate, refrigerate or freeze them beforehand to keep them from melting.

Why Use Certified Mail To Mail In Tax Forms?

March 7th, 2016 Comments off

Certified 1Tax season is here and it’s time to get organized!  If you are mailing in your tax returns this year, consider using Certified Mail with Return Receipt.  With this service, you get a receipt showing when your mail was delivered or when delivery was attempted and also who signed for your return, making it perfect to use at tax time.  Remember, if your tax return is postmarked by April 15th, the IRS considers it filed on time. 

 

Tax Time Tips for USPS Mailers

– Make sure your return is signed, otherwise the IRS will return it and penalize you for filing late tax returns!
– Make sure to deposit your returns in a collection box whose pickup time has not passed.
– If your return feels heavier than one ounce, weigh it and apply proper postage.  The IRS will not accept a return with postage due!

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Stamps.com makes it really easy to print postage for Certified Mail, the ideal choice for mailing in tax returns.  Here is how it works:

– Type in the destination address or have Stamps.com import it from any address book.
– Stamps.com prints all the necessary information on its built-in Certified Mail forms.
– Your mail carrier picks it up.
– Stamps.com stores all the information including Certified Mail number and certified delivery date in an easily accessible and searchable database. 

If you are a Stamps.com Premier member, you can use our automated Certified Mail forms.  With this feature, you can print postage, address information and all Certified Mail requirements (including a mailing receipt or Return Receipt) in one simple step.

If you are not a Premier member, you will need to fill out and attach USPS form 3800.

Sending Valentine’s Day Cards and Packages with Stamps.com

February 10th, 2016 Comments off

Sending-Valentines-Day-Cards-and-Packages_blogDon’t get caught sending a Valentine to a loved one at the very last minute!  Use Stamps.com to make Valentine’s Day special by sending a beautiful note or gift to that special person in your life.

Customize Your Valentine’s Day Cards with Stamps.com
For your Valentine, you will mostly likely use an envelope that is not a size #10.  That’s okay!  We’ve got you covered.  In the Stamps.com software, select “Envelopes” as your mailpiece and then under the “Printing On” drop-down menu, select “More…”.  Choose from the various sizes available, including Envelope sizes #9, #11, and #12, the Personal (3 5/8 x 6 1/2) and Monarch (3 7/8 x 7 1/2), and the NCR Greeting Card Envelope (8 3/4 x 5 3/4).

If your envelope is not any of these sizes, you can use Stamps.com’s Custom Layout Designer feature to create a template for a non-standard sized envelope.  Click on “Envelopes” in the left navigation bar and   look for the envelope icon next to the “Printing On” drop-down list.  Simply start designing your irregularly-sized envelope and give it a name!  Enter the measurements of your envelope and print a sample to ensure that the postage is being printed correctly onto your custom envelope.

Make Your Cards Extra Special with Love NetStamps
At Stamps.com we believe in the power of love so much that we’ve created a separate category of our popular NetStamps product!  Our Love NetStamps catalogue includes more than fifteen separate designs ranging from hearts and candies to tandem bicycles and “matching pairs”!  You can order these fun designs in various quantities!  Once you receive them, you can add various postage amounts to your sheets, either one at a time or on a full sheet if you heart is extra full!

Easily Send Valentine’s Day Packages with Stamps.com
A card isn’t enough?  Use Stamps.com to send packages to your loved ones.  Print shipping labels on plain paper or use an adhesive label like Stamps.com label SDC-1200.  For peace of mind, track your mailpiece to make sure it arrives by the 14th!

Remember that if, you are sending chocolates, you’ll want to prevent content shifting and damage by wrapping them in insulated bubble wrap.  To keep them from melting, refrigerate or freeze them beforehand.  Sending flowers?  Use Priority Mail Express to ensure they arrive in time and looking fresh!

Easily Mail Wedding Invitations with Stamps.com

August 5th, 2015 Comments off

Blog_Easily Mail Wedding Invitations With Stamps.comPlanning a wedding can be stressful, especially when you’re on a budget.  One of the essential tasks during wedding planning is selecting and sending out invitations to your guests.  Keep your stress levels low and be prepared by learning how much you’ll need to spend on postage to mail out your wedding invitations!

What You Need To Know About First Class Mail Postage
A standard First Class Mail envelope measures between 5” and 11.5” in length, between 3.5″ and 6.125” in height and between .007” and 0.25” in thickness with a maximum weight of up to 3.5 oz.

Postage for your First Class Mail wedding invitation is determined by how much the envelope weighs.  You get a 1% metered mail discount if you use online postage with Stamps.com.

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Extra Fee for Square and Odd Shaped Wedding Invitations
Wedding invitations (and even holiday greeting cards) may not always comply with the USPS standards for First Class Mail.  If your custom invites are square, odd-shaped, or have non-standard closures like clamps or strings, the USPS will charge a $0.22 surcharge per mail piece.  The additional surcharge fee can add up quickly if you are sending invitations to a large group of guests.  Often times, square shaped wedding and greeting cards are discounted, but if you don’t want to pay the additional surcharge fee, stick to the standard envelope size for First Class Mail!

How To Mail Wedding Invitations With Stamps.com
To make things easier, you can weigh your sample wedding invitation using your Stamps.com digital scale.  This way you’ll also know exactly how much it’ll cost to mail all your invitations.

As a finishing touch, you can even customize your mail piece by using one of Stamps.com’s wedding-themed NetStamps or by creating personalized PhotoStamps.

Save money and eliminate trips to the Post Office by printing postage for your wedding invitations right from your computer using Stamps.com.

Certified Mail Has You Covered During Tax-Time

April 3rd, 2015 Comments off

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Use USPS Certified Mail To File Your Taxes

Mailing in your tax return this year?  Use USPS Certified Mail with Return Receipt!  Why?  When you use Certified Mail with Return Receipt, you get a receipt showing when your tax return was delivered or when delivery was attempted.  You also receive an electronic or physical delivery record showing who signed for your tax return.  This feature is extremely helpful in the event of any dispute around mailing dates.  Remember, the IRS considers your return filed on time, if it is postmarked by April 15th!

Use Stamps.com To Print Certified Mail

Stamps.com makes it very easy to print Certified Mail postage online.  All Stamps.com customers can print postage for Certified Mail and fill out the standard USPS Certified Mail and Return Receipt forms.

Stamps.com Premier members can use our automated Certified Mail forms that allow you to print postage, address information and all Certified Mail requirements (including a mailing receipt or Return Receipt) in one simple step.

If you are not a Premier member, you will need to fill out and attach USPS form 3800.

Tax Time Tips

#1.  Sufficient Postage:  Make sure the envelope with your tax returns includes sufficient postage!  Any tax returns without enough postage will be returned.  Stamps.com customers need not worry since the software always calculates the exact amount of postage you need.

#2.  Write legibly:  To avoid any delays or confusion, make sure to clearly write the destination and return addresses on the envelope that includes your tax return.  If you are a Stamps.com customer you are covered, since the software will print the address information for you.

#3.  Post Offices with extended hours:  Certain Post Offices may be open late on April 15th to postmark your tax return.  Find a Post Office near you here.

 

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