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Old 06-02-22, 10:33 AM
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New thing I learned about USPS services today...

I had to box up some old tubulars to ship to rancho66 today. I've been using Pirate Ship for a while now (USPS and UPS) for a couple reasons. In addition to Priority Mail/Express service, they quote First Class and Parcel Select, making comparison shopping a bit easier and saving a trip to the post office.

I entered the package dimensions and weight and lo and behold, a new Priority Mail service popped up, Priority Mail Cubic. I'd never heard of it before. I wasn't sure what USPS boxes I could use, so I asked. I could use my own box or any USPS packaging not marked flat rate or regional rate. I had already boxed up the tires in a Regional Rate A box, so I just went with that option.

The person I was chatting with said Priority Mail Cubic isn't a new service, but it's reserved for shippers who send at least 50,000 packages per year. Pirate Ship qualifies, so they decided to make it available to their customers. They have an explainer on their website: https://support.pirateship.com/en/ar...ity-mail-cubic
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Old 06-02-22, 11:47 AM
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Mini Box of Crap Challenge?
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Mini Box of Crap Challenge?
Cubic Box of Crap Challenge?


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Part of the challenge could be, since the pricing is based on volume rather than weight, what's the heaviest Bo'C you could pack within X volume. (And no, using depleted uranium as a packing material would not count.....)
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Part of the challenge could be, since the pricing is based on volume rather than weight, what's the heaviest Bo'C you could pack within X volume. (And no, using depleted uranium as a packing material would not count.....)

a while back, I shipped chains in a small flat rate box. That was pretty close to being a solid block of steel, and an effective use of postage.

I'm not sure what would be more dense or have less air space?
Loose ball bearings?
freewheel cogs?
BB axles?

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Part of the challenge could be, since the pricing is based on volume rather than weight, what's the heaviest Bo'C you could pack within X volume. (And no, using depleted uranium as a packing material would not count.....)
While the price doesn't change with weight, there is a 20 pound weight limit. That's not nothin', but for comparison, the BoC generally runs between 28 and 32 pounds.
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