Bulk Rate Mailings
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Print & Copy Factory maintains a direct mail bulk rate permit for the general usage of our clients when we print and mail your project. There are several kinds of permits necessary depending on who you are and what the mailing piece is.
If you would like to purchase your own bulk mailing permit,
visit the U.S. Postal Service website for How to Apply for a Mailing Permit
The most common type of bulk mail is called "Standard Class." (It used to be called "3rd Class.") Most advertising mail, newsletters, etc. are sent using Standard Class.
To use Standard Class, your pieces must be essentially identical, without any personal information. That means you can't scribble notes to your friends on various pieces. It also means you can not send invoices, statements, and other individual information using Standard Class.
Doing the least amount of work, the postage for a typical one-ounce letter (or card, tri-fold, etc.) typically would range from 22.2¢ to 28.1¢, compared with 45¢ for regular First Class mail.
*(Effective 1/22/12, typical standard class letters will increase to 22.2¢-28.1¢. First Class will increase to 45¢.)
Non-profit entities may use our permit, saving you fees of setting up your own permit, but first need to get pre-approved by the US Post Office. This can sometimes take awhile, however, really worth it. The postage difference and requirements are much less and not as stringent. Here is a link to the USPO website and process to apply for this status. When we get ready to do the mailing for you, we will contact the post office to be sure you have been cleared status.
The nonprofit price for the same piece of mail using Standard Class would range from 11.5¢ to 17.4¢. (Effective 1/22/12, this will be reduced to 11.3¢-17.2¢.)
First Class Presort
If you want your mail delivered as quickly as normal First Class mail, or if you are mailing pieces that are different for every recipient, you must use presorted First Class to receive discounted postage prices. We take your database and do the automated sort so that the post office has less work, saving you on postage while still getting the First Class treatment.
- First class treatment, discounted rates for being presorted.
- Each mailing at presorted First Class prices must consist of at least 500 pieces.
- Presorted First Class may contain personalized information, and may be used for bills, statements and other material where each recipient receives a different piece of mail.
We tend to use this often with postcard size pieces (rectangular, minimum size 3.5 x 5 and maximum size 4.25 x 6 - required .007 - .016 inches thick) with a minimum count of 500 pieces. Mail must be within the following weight limits in order to be eligible for presorted First Class prices:
Nonprofit mailers do not receive any additional discounts over other mailers when using presorted First Class. Nor are there any extra discounts for depositing your mail at a sectional center or network distribution center.
Reach every customer in your neighborhood without having the addresses and no permit is needed.
The post office has finally recognized a need for an easier defined direct mail service at a better rate, they call it door to door mailings and are strictly consumer based. The postage amount is based on the saturation count in a rural route or delivery area and requires no addressing. You will need to find your service area and pick your routes, or we can help you as well.
With Every Door Direct Mail™ (EDDM™), your business can:
- Use our online tool to target areas you want to receive with your mailing — choose routes by neighborhood, ZIP Code™, or city.
- Get your mailing to every mailbox along the chosen routes — delivered by our Letter Carriers with the day's mail.
- Spend as little as 14.2 cents per piece on postage.
- 5000 pieces or less and under 3.3 ounces.
- 6 x 9 postcards work best and is what is recommended.