Effective Bulk mailing is about consistency and, more importantly, knowing the rules. Once you know the rules and get comfortable with doing it all, it is worth time and money to do it for repeated mailings of several hundred pieces. For a one or two time deal, just do 1st class mail and save $$ and hassle. Hang on tight . . . .
We pay our local postmaster $175 a year for renewing the annual mailing fee. That’s all for that . . . price may have gone up slightly with the new system. The first time we got it set up was the double cost, but that doesn’t keep going.
From USPS website:
There is a $175.00 fee to apply for a permit to mail with permit imprint. This one-time only fee pays for setting up your permit imprint account. The permit imprint application fee is due when you turn in your application for a permit imprint.
You must hold a mailing permit and pay an annual mailing fee at every Post Office where you want to enter and pay for your mail.
After that, you gotta get familiar with Form 3602 R1 from the USPS. First page is pretty simple with information to fill in. THEN parts A through S tell you all the charges for what you are mailing. Since we always send “saturation”, we use Part H - Enhanced Carrier Routes. Saturation means sending a piece to every address and/or PO box in the carrier route indicated. You get three choices for costs of saturation pieces less than 3.3 ounces in weight each
DSCF Destination Sectional Center Facility 13.5 cents each
DBMC Destination Bulk Mail Center 14.4 cents
None Any other entry into the postal system 17.7 cents
Sectional facilities serve several sates, and our is in Chattanooga, TN . … not a good choice. Bulk Mail Centers are mechanized to serve large areas in a state, and ours is somewhere in Atlanta an hour+ away. Saving $60 on a mailing isn’t worth the time and drive to get to Atlanta. So, we drop at our DDU (Drop at Destination Unit) or local post office for the high price.
Galen, you have a Sectional Center somewhere in Houston, it appears. So, you could save some good $$$ finding out where that is and dropping it there (like 4.2 cents each).
Find bulk mail centers here: http://www.usps.com/bulkmailcenters/officeinfo.htm