We talk a lot about making a memorable first impression on your customers with custom shipping boxes. Our simple platform and affordable custom boxes make it a no brainer to choose custom boxes. However, we realize that you don’t always need to use shipping boxes. Sometimes, you’re looking to ship something small, flat and only semi-fragile.
That’s why we’ve brought on USPS bubble mailers to our collection.
We get it, ecommerce shipping can get expensive thanks to a practice called dimensional weight. One way to cut back on high costs is to use bubble mailers if the item you want to ship is light, small and not fragile enough to warrant full packaging in a shipping box. Bubble mailers are not only affordable, but they also take up less space and are easier to pack and ship.
The only downside, of course, is that you won’t be able to achieve the same level of brand awareness as you would by using a custom shipping box. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide how you want to ship your items or products. But to keep things simple, we’re focusing this post on how to ship using a bubble mailer from USPS.
Are Bubble Mailers Packages or Envelopes?
This depends on the thickness of your bubble mailer. Once packed, if your bubble mailer is 3/4 of an inch thick or less, it’s considered an envelope. If your bubble mailer is over 3/4 of an inch thick, it’s considered a package.
Your bubble mailer will most likely be a package.
How Much Does it Cost to Mail a Bubble Mailer?
It depends on if your bubble mailer is considered an envelope or a package. It also depends on how much it weighs. If your bubble mailer is considered an envelope and weighs 1 ounce or less, you can slap a $0.55 forever stamp on your mailer and drop it off at your post office as usual.
If your bubble mailer is considered a package, you’ll choose between USPS First Class, USPS Retail Ground, Priority Mail and Media Mail.
Use USPS First Class if your bubble mailer weighs under 16 ounces and you are shipping a personal item.
Use USPS Retail Ground if you are shipping regularly through a retail channel and your bubble mailer weighs under 70 pounds.
Use USPS Priority Mail if your bubble mailer weighs under 70 pounds (this, or the Retail Ground option, will most likely be your option as an ecommerce business owner).
Use USPS Media Mail if your bubble mailer weighs under 70 pounds and its contents are books (at least 8 pages), videotapes, DVDs, Blu rays, CDs, Vinyl records, printed music or other sound recordings.
How Many Stamps To Ship a USPS Bubble Mailer
This depends on several factors. If you'd like to use stamps to ship your bubble mailer up to 4 ounces through USPS First Class, it will cost around $3.74. This will take 7 forever stamps ($0.55 per stamp) to ship your bubble mailer.
What Can I Ship in a Bubble Mailer?
Sometimes, you have small products or items that don’t require a full shipping box. We recommend using bubble mailers if you have an item or product that is mostly flat, small and doesn’t need a ton of padding or protection.
Examples of products you can ship in a bubble mailer include electronics, jewelry, small books or handcrafted home goods. For extra protection, we recommend wrapping your product in an extra layer of packing paper or bubble wrap.