As shipping prices continue to increase every year, the ability to save with USPS Media Mail is all the rage. In case you haven’t heard of it, Media Mail offers special discounts that you won’t beat anywhere else. However, it’s tough to qualify for these special rates…and there are a lot of questions about what the Postal Service allows for. One question shippers frequently ask us is whether a single Media Mail shipment can contain different items inside of it. In a nutshell, the answer is yes.
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- You Can Combine Non-Identical Items into a Single Media Mail Shipment
- Can I Get Media Mail Discounts?
You Can Combine Non-Identical Items into a Single Media Mail Shipment
If you read the definition of Media Mail on the USPS website, you may be under the impression that you can only combine items into a single Media Mail shipment if the items are exactly the same. By the same, we mean literally the same—same product, same weight, same size, same everything. Basically, this stipulation only refers to shippers injecting bulk packages directly into the USPS network. If you’re a small business or an individual shipping single packages, you don’t need to worry about this!
Even if you’re sending different items, you can take advantage of weight-based Media Mail rates for a single package. In other words, you can combine different items into a single shipment…and this is worth it. Even if the package ends up being heavier, sending it all in one Media Mail shipment is still cheaper than breaking it out into several smaller shipments.
Can I Get Media Mail Discounts?
Unfortunately, since USPS already discounts Meia Mail so highly, there are no further discounts for USPS Media Mail available. Whether you buy postage at the Post Office or through online shipping software that sells discounted postage, Media Mail rates are the same everywhere.
More to this point: you may think you’ll save money by breaking up your items into multiple Media Mail shipments. It’s hard not to fault that logic; each shipment will cost less because they weigh less, right?
Don’t Separate Your Media Mail Shipment into Several Smaller Ones
While each different package will be lighter and cost less to ship, we don’t advocate doing this for a number of reasons. Number one, you’ll need to pay for extra packaging for the additional shipment(s). Doing so may actually make your costs higher than it would have been to send all your items in one package in the first place. Number two, separating your items into multiple shipments increases the chances that one package gets lost during transit. We hate to err on the side of pessimism…but when you’ve been shipping for as long as we have, you learn a thing or two about missing shipments. It happens!
The good news is, you can always purchase extra insurance for your packages that will cover you in the event that anything goes wrong. Since Media Mail doesn’t include any built-in USPS coverage like Priority Mail shipments have, protecting your package with shipping insurance is something we always suggest!