The Difference Between First Class and Third Class Mail

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There are two classes of mail that are available to anyone sending a direct mailer. The type of mail you’re sending, budget and timing are the three main factors to consider when choosing which class to go for. The difference in cost is large, so planning ahead can save you quite a bit of money. Remember these are just the class of mail standards; therefore you must take mailing and printing services time and cost into consideration as well.

 

Letter Size Mailers:

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Property Minimum Maximum
Length 5 inches 11-1/2 inches
Height 3-1/2 inches 6-1/8 inches
Thickness 0.007 inch 1/4 inch

Length is the dimension parallel to the address.

 

First Class

Cost Per Piece: 38.1 cents – 49 cents Local Deliver Time: Typically 1-2 days National Deliver Time: Typically 3-4 days Forwarding: Your mail will automatically be forwarded if the address for you recipient is incorrect Undeliverable: Any pieces that cannot deliver will be returned to the sender Postage Affix Options: Stamp, Permit Imprint or meter Minimum Number of Pieces for bulk discount: 500 Weight: No more than 3.5 Ounces Special Stipulations: Invoices or bills must mail 1st class.

 

Third Class

Cost Per Piece: 15.3 cents – 30.1 cents Local Deliver Time: Typically 3-5 days National Deliver Time: Typically 7-12 days Forwarding: No forwarding will occur Undeliverable: Any piece that cannot deliver will be discarded Weight: No more than 3.5 Ounces Postage Affix Options: Stamp, Permit Imprint or meter Minimum Number of Pieces for bulk discount: 200

 

Flat Size Mailers:

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Property Minimum1 Maximum
Length 11-1/2 inches 15 inches
Height 6-1/8 inches 12 inches
Thickness 1/4 inch 3/4 inch

Flats exceed at least one of these dimensions.

 

First Class

Cost Per Piece: 45 cents – 98 cents Local Deliver Time: Typically 2-3 days National Deliver Time: Typically 4-5 days Forwarding: Your mail will automatically be forwarded if the address for you recipient is incorrect Undeliverable: Any pieces that cannot deliver will be returned to the sender Postage Affix Options: Stamp, Permit Imprint or meter Minimum Number of Pieces for bulk discount: 500 Weight: No more than 13 Ounces (anything over 1 OZ will carry a per pound rate in addition to base rate)

 

Third Class

Cost Per Piece: 15.6 cents – 55.3 cents Local Deliver Time: Typically 4-5 days National Deliver Time: Typically 7-14 days Forwarding: No forwarding will occur Undeliverable: Any piece that cannot deliver will be discarded Weight: No more than 16 ounces (anything over 3.3 OZs will carry a per pound rate in addition to base rate) Postage Affix Options: Stamp, Permit Imprint or meter Minimum Number of Pieces for bulk discount: 200

Confused about what class mail you should use? Don’t fret! We know this stuff pretty well and when in doubt we are only a phone call or email away. We can be reached at 561-393-4722 or marketing@maildmi.com.


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