Subject: What are the advantages of USPS?
Revision: Todd Lehman, 1996-01-08
<P>The USPS has good rates for small, light packages. You can expect to spend
from $0.50 to $4.00 to mail a typical LEGO<SUP><FONT SIZE="-2">®</FONT></SUP> package inside the U.S. The
rates vary depending on the location and the speed of service required.</P>
<P>Up to and including 11 ounces, Third Class serivce is the same rate as First
Class service. As a rule of thumb figure $0.30 per ounce for small
packages. Parcels sent First Class generally arrive in 2 to 3 days.
Parcels sent Third Class generally arrive in 5 to 7 days.</P>
<P>Shipping parcels overseas (out of the U.S.) via USPS is expensive. The
rates of course depend on the destination, but you can generally figure
airmail to Europe is roughly 4 to 8 times as expensive as normal First Class
mail inside the U.S. Airmail delivery times are typically one week. Mail
to Canada is neither prohibitively expensive nor slow. Always ask your
options at the counter.</P>
<P>Surface mail to overseas countries is much less expensive, but can take 8 to
12 weeks, for example to or from Australia.</P>
<P>USPS offers insurance, but you pay extra.</P>
<P>UPS is now on the Web! Here are some relevant links:
<A HREF="http://www.usps.gov/consumer/rates.htm" TARGET="_top">Postage Rates</A>
<UL>An extensive database of rate information, domestic and foreign.
***NOTE*** explore this more.</UL>