Can I mail a priority box without shipping it with the extra $$, just mailing it regular even if it takes a week in shipping?

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago
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    No.   Any packages using Priority Mail packaging will be charged the Priority Mail price.

    There's a reason those boxes are stamped "Priority Mail" on the inside -- so that people don't turn them inside out and then try to pay less postage. 

    The boxes are "free" - but the shipping rate is ALWAYS Priority.

    If you try to sneak one through by dropping it in a mailbox, it will either be returned to you or the person who receives it will have to pay the rest of the Priority shipping fee.

    ETA:  Susie, you don't know what you're talking about.  

    • Susie
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      Many reuse boxes they’ve received by doing just that.  Why throw it away and needlessly waste cardboard. 

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    No, the USPS will not accept it for regular mail.  Basically I think since they supply the boxes and envelopes for free, they don't want people to take them and use them as free materials for mailing.

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  • 1 month ago

    Your post office can tell you that immediately.

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  • Eva
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    No. If you use a priority box, you must pay for priority shipping. Get a plain box.

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  • Susie
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    If you take the box apart and turn the inside to the outside and tape  it back together  OR cover all of the markings on the outside that identify it as a priority box, using a marker, solid tape,  or brown wrapping paper. This is assuming the box has been used once for mailing. 

    • As Mad As Birds
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      The USPS site specifically states that this is "misuse", "not allowed", and "may be a violation of federal law".

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  • 1 month ago

    No, you actually can't. The shipping includes the price of the "free" box. I have seen people use them inside out, but that's technically fraud and I'm not sure it's something I'd risk.

    • Susie
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      People who have received priority boxes in the mail can “recycle” them by doing just that. 

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