We get all types of questions…
here are some of the popular ones:
What is the difference between Bulk Mail and Presorted Standard Mail?
The Post Office has changed the Bulk Mail classification to Standard or Presort Standard Mail. They are the same.
How many pieces do I have to mail to receive discounted postage?
For 1st Class you need 500 and for Presort Standard mail 200 pieces are required.
How long does mail take to deliver?
That depends on how far it is traveling. 1st Class mail will take from 1 to 4 days usually. Presort Standard will take between 1 and 7 days usually.
Can you track my mail?
There are now limited methods of tracking your mail.
Do people open advertising mail?
A Post Office survey indicates that over 80% of advertising mail is opened and read to some extent.
Do mail shops like Handy Mailing Service get a discount on their postage because of the large volume mailed?
Actually we get the same discount as an individual can receive. Mailers receive the discount for sorting the mail as well as providing the Post Office with the proper barcode printed on the mail piece.
My software will print the barcode. Can I receive the same discount as you?
Only if your software is capable of CASS certifying the address and sortation of the mail. This requires quarterly updates to your software.
Is it better to mail 1st class or Presort Standard?
That depends on what you are mailing, how soon you want it to arrive and the services you want the Post Office to provide.
Is all mail forwarded?
Only 1st Class and Presort Standard that have forwarding instructions printed on the mail piece. Standard forwarding has an additional charge.
What are the small round stickers for that are applied to the edges of mail pieces?
These are tabs that keep the mail intact as it is processing through Postal mail handling equipment. They are required for barcoded mail.
Do you provide mailing lists?
We provide business and consumer mailing lists targeted to your market.
Do I own the list?
Usually mail lists are rented for either 1 time or 1 year use and you do not actually own them.
Postage used to only cost five cents and now it is $0.44. Why does it go up so much?
Postage goes up like everything else but actually postage has not kept up with inflation and postage in the U.S is about the lowest in the world. Postage has not kept up with inflation due to the high degree of automation in the Post Office.
Does mail deliver faster if you print a barcode on my mail?
Not really because even if you do not print a barcode on your mail piece the Post Office will.
I have heard that the Post Office does not have to deliver Presort Standard mail. Is that true?
While the Post Office does deliver 1st Class mail first Standard mail is still all delivered.
Is some mail thrown away by the Post Office?
Not unless the address is not deliverable. Even then if it is 1st Class mail they will try to figure out the deliverable address.
Do non-profit organizations receive better postage rates?
Non-profit organizations can apply to the Post Office for Non-Profit Standard rates. If approved they will receive a postage rate below the for-profit Standard postage rate.
Can I mail Presort Standard mail to other countries?
No, mail going to other countries is delivered at 1st Class rates.
Is metered, stamped & printed indicia mail the same postage rate?
Yes. How you apply the postage does not change the postage rate. Professional mail houses usually will charge extra to meter on the postage or affix a stamp.
If I prepare my mail and address it can you mail it giving me the discounted postage rate?
Yes. There will still be a handling fee.
Can you pick up my mailing or do I have to deliver it to you?
We provide pick up services and usually at no charge.
How long have you been in business?
Handy Mailing Service was established in 1960. It has been owned by Vergil & Kay Esau since 1976.
Do you affix the address with a label?
We can but most mail we address directly onto the mail piece with high-speed commercial ink-jets.
What size envelopes can you automatic insert?
Everything up to 10” x 13”.
Can you provide and mail pieces with personalized PURLS?
Yes, we sure can and use them all the time.
Do you do SCRATCH-OFF cards/mailers?
Yes, we love mailing scratch-offs and our clients love them
What is your “Turn Around Time”?
That depends on what has to be done to your mailing. Simple mailings are usually delivered to the Post Office 1 to 2 days following completion of printing.