Irises forum: Save money on shipping within your "region" using Priority Regional Rate Boxes

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Region: California
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UndertheSun
Jul 15, 2015 12:46 AM CST
Everyone needs to check into Regional Rate Boxes on shipping plants and non heavy items to people in their "region" for less money than what they pay for Flat Rate shipping.

For example:
A medium flat rate box costs $12.65 no matter where I send it to. (under 70 lbs)
A Regional Rate Box B costs $6.16 no matter where I send to within my region* (under 20 lbs)

Size of med. flat rate: 13-5/8" x 11-7/8" x 3-3/8"
11" x 8-1/2" x 5-1/2"
size of box B: Inside Dimensions: 12" x 10-1/4 x 5"
Outside Dimensions: 12"-1/4 x 10-1/2" x 5-1/2"

Use the Postal Zone Chart to determine what "region" the person is in you're shipping to.
Link to Zone Chart

The difference between Regional and Flat Rate is that Regional Rate will increase in price as the distance of the package being sent grows. While Flat Rate remains the same price no matter how far it goes. So for closer shipments, you'll save a lot using Regional Rate Boxes.

Here's a link to some more information: Link

You can't find these boxes at your local post office, you have to order them online (it's free).

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Name: Sherry Austin
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Henhouse
Jul 15, 2015 1:07 AM CST
Well that's something the Post office didn't bother telling me!

No Iris in front of Joe's when I went by yesterday... I'm guessing he'll put them out after our sales, which are Aug 1st and 8th.
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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Jul 15, 2015 3:47 AM CST
I have received some boxes that were marked regional, but I don't see any of them at the PO. I'll have to ask where they are.
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Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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Calif_Sue
Jul 15, 2015 6:26 AM CST

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Thanks Rob!
Tom, you can order supplies on the USPS website, they deliver them for free.
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Jul 15, 2015 10:59 AM CST
good, because they don't have the regional boxes at my PO. I just got back a while ago.
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Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
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Snork
Jul 15, 2015 11:02 AM CST
They drop them off all wrapped in plastic. Great for storage. Order on line and you get them pretty quickly.

Region: California
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UndertheSun
Jul 15, 2015 11:15 AM CST
You can't find these boxes at your local post office, you have to order them online (it's free).

If you go to the information link, you'll find links to all of the different sizes of Regional Rate Boxes. You can order them from those links. When you order them, they come in quantities of 10, or 25 boxes.

For longer distances, remember to check the charts. Regional Boxes can quickly add up to more than a Flat Rate box the further the box has to travel.
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Name: Marilyn
Central California (Zone 9b)
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Moiris
Jul 15, 2015 10:35 PM CST
Great information Rob! Thanks for sharing! Big Grin Thank You!

Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Jul 15, 2015 11:24 PM CST
Rob, Thank You! Thank You!
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
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creativeclover
Jul 17, 2015 6:21 PM CST
Thanks. That will help when I have to ship. If I had known that a couple of weeks ago it would have save me a few bucks when I had to ship a package.

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