I am still concerned about the seeming disconnect between eBay
's recommendations for mailers to use, which include their branded RIGID 5x7 and 6x8 mailers, and the requirement that these items be machineable, i.e., be able to wrap around the spindles in the sorting equipment.
I find this most curious as well. They mention that there's a limit of 2 trading cards in toploaders...but the purpose of toploaders is to provide rigidity in shipping. Seems someone there doesn't understand much about these shipments.
Anyway, my main question is whether there's a way to account for the USPS non-machinable surcharge when printing postage? Since they say mailings shouldn't be too rigid, I assume not. For a 1 oz non-machinable mailing, would it be possible to just print a 1 oz " eBay
standard envelope" at 51 cents and just add a 20 cent stamp to cover the non-machinable surcharge? I assume one could just print a 2 oz envelope, which would be the same rate, but not sure if the USPS would reject it because the label would mention a 2 oz weight and nothing about being non-machinable. I use a red "DO NOT BEND" rubber stamp on all mailings I don't want to go through the sorting machines, so there shouldn't be any confusion on the USPS's part on which part of the mails tream they should go through.