Weight-based Priority Mail® is the cheapest way to ship, unless your package qualifies for Priority Mail Cubic® or is large but light
Weight-based Priority Mail® is the cheapest, fastest way to ship packages that are over half a cubic foot in volume.
USPS® delivers Priority Mail® packages to anywhere in the USA and its territories within 1 to 3 days.
Priority Mail® shipments include full tracking from door-to-door, so you'll always know where your shipments are.
All Priority Mail® postage bought with Pirate Ship includes $100 of insurance from USPS® for free.
Commercial Plus Pricing® for Priority Mail® will save you up to 41% compared to paying retail prices.
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Dimensional weight is common for every carrier, basically because they don't want to fill up their trucks and planes with packages that are large but mostly empty & light.
If your package is larger than 1 cubic foot (for example, if the dimensions are 13" x 13" x 13") then USPS® uses a formula to calculate the minimum rate they will charge. It's based off the dimensions, which is why this is known as the "dimensional weight" or "DIM weight". If your package's dimensional weight is "heavier" than the actual weight, you will be charged as if your package were that heavier weight.
Dimensional weight is calculated by multiplying a package's length, width, and height and then dividing by the volumetric divisor. USPS® uses 194 for their divisor, which is much more competitive than the other carriers. Even more competitively, USPS® only applies dimensional weight pricing to packages in zones 5-9.
So for an example of a package that measures 13" x 13" x 13", you would multiply the three dimensions to get 2197, and then divide that by 194 to get 11.32, which is the dimensional weight. So if your package's actual weight was less than 11.32 pounds, you would get charged the 12 pound Priority Mail® rate for zones 5-9. If your package was more than 11.32 pounds, the dimensional weight would be disregarded and you would just be charged the actual weight.
Dimensional Weight can make it more expensive to use Priority Mail® for a large box than it would be if you used Parcel Select Ground®, but Priority Mail® is a much faster service and includes $100 of insurance.
If your packages are very large, be aware of USPS® balloon rate pricing. If your package's Length (longest side) + Girth (Width * 2 + Height * 2) is between 84" and 108", for zones 1-4 you will pay postage at the 20-pound rate rather than the actual weight rate.
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