Can I Combine Items into a Single Media Mail Shipment?

You can combine different items into a single Media Mail shipment, even if the items aren't identical in design, dimension, and weight
single media mail shipments can't contain items of different sizes

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 USPS allows for. One particular question shippers ask us a lot is whether or not a single Media Mail shipment can contain different items inside of it. In a nutshell, the answer is yes.

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 on the heavier side, sending it all in one Media Mail shipment is still cheaper than breaking it out into several smaller shipments.

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  1. Steve

    Thanks for this post and the post about media rate introducing me to the term “subscription box.” Let’s say I sell a “gift pack” on my Shopify site and buy postage via Pirate Ship (also discovered here, thank for that too). In the gift pack, there’s a book, a coffee mug, and a package of nuts. 3 items, 1 shipping carton. Will this carton qualify for media rates?

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    • Rockwell Sands

      Hi Steve – happy to hear the site has been helpful! Unfortunately this one won’t qualify for Media Mail rates…the only product in there that would qualify is the book, but you’d have to send it by itself. Sorry I don’t have better news! You can see which items USPS allows to qualify for Media Mail here.

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      • Steve Johnson

        That’s what I would have guessed. Thanks for confirming.

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