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« Reply #15 on: May 11, 2012, 08:24 AM »

There is a balloon surcharge if you go over 106 total inches (Length + width + height)....that sucks...

I find that if I am shipping a triangular box and i mark it as such in the usps website then the costs are also lowered sometimes due to the volume being lower than a normal rectangular box....

UPS uses that to their advantage to charge more by volume instead of pure weight....

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« Reply #16 on: May 11, 2012, 08:58 AM »

God, I can't believe I have this much to say about shipping things at the USPS...

Also - since the triangle tube box is a right isosceles triangle, two of the sides are shorter.  If the Postal worker doing the measuring is amenable, you can suggest he use the shorter sides in his measurements rather than the long one.  This has gotten me slightly under the limit a few times, believe it or not.
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« Reply #17 on: May 11, 2012, 11:01 AM »

I'll add my two cents - IMHO - USPS Priority Mail is the best way to ship kites in the USA, whether shipping in the free triangle "tube" boxes or poster tubes.  I've found that the local post offices no longer carry the priority mail triangle boxes, but as someone mentioned, you can order them online for free, and they'll show up at your house about a week later.  Shipping USPS Priority Mail is pretty fast, and it's pretty cheap - the last kite I shipped cost less than $12, including insurance up to $200.  It also gets you a tracking number (which you can send to your buyer) and delivery confirmation.  Priority Mail is only a buck or two over the package shipping rates, and I think it's worth it because you can let your buyer know that it's on the way, and you'll know it's delivered. 

Plus . . . when I'm the buyer, it means I can constantly check the shipping status over and over again hoping my (new to me) kite is about to arrive!! 
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