Don't Send Square Christmas Cards

@BelleStarr (38267)
United States
November 3, 2015 11:34am CST
I know you may be thinking that it is a little early to be talking about sending out Christmas cards and you are right it is. However, if you haven't bought yours yet I want to give you this warning, avoid square cards if you live in the United States. In the U.S. it costs 70 cents to mail a square card while it is 48 cents for rectangular. Last year I found this out the hard way. I never knew it made a difference but evidently the square cards can not go through the regular postal machines and must be handled by hand thus the increased cost. As you can imagine I am back to rectangular cards this years. 22 extra cents per card really can add up.
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@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
3 Nov 15
That seems like an outrageous difference in postage, especially when we consider that many people may post a large number of cards. Some people will end up with square cards due to buying boxes of them, so it would be cheaper to buy a pack of rectangular envelopes to post them in.
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@BelleStarr (38267)
• United States
3 Nov 15
I don't think they would fit because they are to tall.
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@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
3 Nov 15
@BelleStarr What a pity. Oh well, you may as well stick to triangular or round cards.
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@BelleStarr (38267)
• United States
3 Nov 15
@Asylum lol No it is traditional for me this year though I am very particular about what the cards say and how they look. I like an English country church scene especially.
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@Susan2015 (20579)
• United States
3 Nov 15
I buy a small box of the square ones and use the forever stamps.
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@BelleStarr (38267)
• United States
4 Nov 15
Will that work? I wonder since the forever stamps are not good on oversized envelopes as far as I know. Have you done this before? I am really curious .
• United States
5 Nov 15
@Susan2015 I always buy the square ones and use forever stamps as well. Never had a problem with them. @BelleStarr I have never heard this about this pricing before. My uncle just retired from the post office after 30 years I will have to pick his brain about this.
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@Susan2015 (20579)
• United States
5 Nov 15
@Shellyann36 Forever stamps are what price now? 48 cents? But I don't think that it's 70 cents here.
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@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
4 Nov 15
Maybe you could send round ones. Then the postman could throw them like a frisbee to the door.
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@BelleStarr (38267)
• United States
4 Nov 15
Maybe he will do it for free? No we have rural delivery in a vehicle no delivery to the door!! lol Most of my friends have rural delivery too.
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@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
4 Nov 15
@BelleStarr He can sit in his vehicle and lob them at the door, they will fly like magic. It's another Christmas miracle!
@sueznewz2 (9997)
• Alicante, Spain
3 Nov 15
yes it's the same in spain, if they are square, or small, it's more postage...
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@BelleStarr (38267)
• United States
4 Nov 15
Seems counterproductive doesn't it!!
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@kellyr634 (423)
• United States
3 Nov 15
I didn't know this either! Post cards are even cheaper to send out, that's what we plan on sending this year.
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@BelleStarr (38267)
• United States
3 Nov 15
I know many people do but I don't like my message to be public so I prefer the privacy of an envelope.
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@MALUSE (40188)
• Germany
3 Nov 15
I don't live in the USA. You'll make many of your country people happy with this observation.
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@BelleStarr (38267)
• United States
3 Nov 15
I hope so because it is not common knowledge I have to tell you.
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@sishy7 (27647)
• Australia
3 Nov 15
Thanks for the heads up. I'm going to check if they're more expensive here too. I think they're not, but won't hurt to find out for sure before it's too late.
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@BelleStarr (38267)
• United States
3 Nov 15
Yes I got quite the shock last year. Luckily was went to mail them at the post office otherwise they would have been returned to me for insufficient postage,
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@Dragonairy1 (1414)
• Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
4 Nov 15
That's quite a bit, here it's more likely things sticking out of cards which make the envelope fatter which adds to the cost. For example the 3d effects you get on birthday cards. All our post is now measured
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@BelleStarr (38267)
• United States
4 Nov 15
If a card is heavier than a certain amount there will also be an up-charge but these are actually smaller than traditional.
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• Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
4 Nov 15
They get their money all ways, our goes by weight as well
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@BelleStarr (38267)
• United States
4 Nov 15
@Dragonairy1 here the post office says it does not make profit they lose money so we are always waiting for the next increase.
@simone10 (21657)
• Louisville, Kentucky
7 Nov 15
I didn't know that. Thankfully when my brother bought our cards yesterday, they were rectangle.
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@BelleStarr (38267)
• United States
7 Nov 15
Mine were from England and they are charity cards and I looked today and they are square again this year so I am not going to buy them.
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@simone10 (21657)
• Louisville, Kentucky
8 Nov 15
@BelleStarr That's not good. Hopefully you will be able to find some others.
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@SIMPLYD (79727)
• Philippines
6 Nov 15
It's been year since i haven't used an actual greeting card . I give out e-cards instead .
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@BelleStarr (38267)
• United States
6 Nov 15
I still like to send real cards and I like to display mine at home, can't do that with an e-card lol
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@SIMPLYD (79727)
• Philippines
6 Nov 15
@BelleStarr Wow, that's a nice way of appreciating Christmas cards sent to you .
@wiLLmaH (8252)
• Singapore, Singapore
4 Nov 15
What is the difference of square and rectangular cards? I thought mail stamps are based on weight and distance...
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@BelleStarr (38267)
• United States
4 Nov 15
A square envelope can not go through the machinery and has to be handled by a person and that makes it more expensive.
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@wiLLmaH (8252)
• Singapore, Singapore
5 Nov 15
Ano good information! Thanks @BelleStarr for explaining it! Have a good day!
@Rosekitty (19441)
• San Marcos, Texas
3 Nov 15
yes i was aware, but i send them anyway since i always add extra stamps
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@BelleStarr (38267)
• United States
4 Nov 15
You are about the only person who I have met who knew. I just never thought of it since they are not over-sized.
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@Rosekitty (19441)
• San Marcos, Texas
4 Nov 15
@BelleStarr I had sent like you before and was informed of an extra charge so now i overstamp... I'd hate for my mail to never get there cause of my fault..
@LadyDuck (157488)
• Switzerland
4 Nov 15
This is very strange, here the stamp is based on the weight of the envelop and the content, but not the shape.
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@BelleStarr (38267)
• United States
4 Nov 15
They told me it is fact that they have to handle it by hand becasue it can't go through the machinery.
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@zebra2222 (5157)
• United States
3 Nov 15
Just too pricey to send cards. Give them out when possible.
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@BelleStarr (38267)
• United States
4 Nov 15
I have friends all over the country and world so I do hand out a few but the rest I have to mail.
@Tampa_girl7 (25693)
• United States
3 Nov 15
I didn't know this. Thanks
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@BelleStarr (38267)
• United States
4 Nov 15
I really liked those square cards but not enough to spend the extra money to mail them again this year.
@marlina (73884)
• Canada
3 Nov 15
I didn't know that at all.
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@BelleStarr (38267)
• United States
3 Nov 15
Most people don't but it is indeed the truth.
@kizzyB (180)
• United Kingdom
3 Nov 15
Lol, there was me thinking perhaps square cards have sharper corners and can hurt people. Good advice, the extra money cost adds up.
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@GardenGerty (99351)
• United States
3 Nov 15
Is it also true that they are oversized?
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@BelleStarr (38267)
• United States
4 Nov 15
No they were not oversized they are actually quite small . I know large cards cost more but these were maybe 3 by3 .
• United States
3 Nov 15
Wow 70 cents to mail a square card is crazy!! Even the 48 cents can add up when you send out a bunch of cards
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@BelleStarr (38267)
• United States
4 Nov 15
It is quite an expense but these days I don't send out as many as I used to.
@jstory07 (67144)
• Roseburg, Oregon
3 Nov 15
I wonder if the cards that I make are square. I will have to look and see.
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@BelleStarr (38267)
• United States
4 Nov 15
It is important postage wise because they will send them back for additional postage or deliver with postage due.