When creating a mailer it is important to remember that the United States Post Office takes many different factors into consideration when determining the cost of postage for commercial mailing. By being aware of the different parameters, you can make sure that there are no surprises to your final cost when you send off your mail.
Unlike normal postage, commercial postage is often slightly lower due to the simple fact that your company takes on some of the duties that are normally performed by the post office. Since with commercial mailing your company will do more work before the mailer arrives at the post office, the price charged by the post office decreases.
Two of the most commonly recognized factors for determining the cost of postage are size and weight. The larger and heavier the mailer, the higher the cost of postage. However, these are not the only two factors that must be considered. The USPS also takes into consideration the shape of the item, with the questions of whether the mailer is a letter, a flat piece of mail, or a parcel. The content of the mailer (what class of mail) will also affect the final cost.
After size, weight, shape, and content, the next factor to consider is the distance that the mail will travel. The farther the distance, the higher the cost. The speed of delivery, as well as the quantity of pieces, will also determine your final cost. The final factors include whether or not your company has nonprofit status and what is your mail entry point.
By keeping all of these factors in mind, you can make sure that your company is aware of the total cost of postage, keeping your postage prices within your budget.