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Topic: New bigger Flat-rate box (18 msgs / 443 lines)
1) From: Dean
Hey, Tom!
Dennis True mentioned in another post that there is a new USPS flat-rate 
box coming in a couple of weeks ($12.95, and from his description it 
ought to hold 20# or more of Green.) with a discount for shipping to 
FPO/APO. 
Are you planning on adding that as a shipping option -- it should make 
it even easier to splurge on a large assortment of beans........
Waiting for my two 12# orders (just got notes that they shipped today)
in da weeds
Dean
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2) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
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Wow, that's awesome. Maria probably already knows about it. I will 
find out. If we had a flat rate that held 20# it would be great. You 
can bet we'll offer it.
Tom
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3) From: Marc
This is from the USPS website:
*New Priority Mail Large Flat-Rate Box*
The current flat-rate box, which gives customers a single, predetermined
rate regardless of the weight or delivery zone, was introduced in November
2004. The new, larger box extends the agency's successful flat-rate
offerings, providing more choices for small businesses and consumers.
"We listened to our customers, and we're giving them a new box that lets
them ship larger items while still enjoying the benefits of a flat rate,"
said Postmaster General John Potter. "Flat-rate boxes are very popular and
the new, larger version provides even more value."
The new Priority Mail Large Flat-Rate Box (12" x 12" x 5") can be used f=
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both domestic and international shipments. This extends the flat-rate price
and ease-of-use benefits to international shippers. There is also a 5
percent online discount.
There will be a special version of the box for the military, with a $2
discount, if shipped to an Army Post Office or Fleet Post Office (APO/FPO)
address.
All Postal Service Priority and Express Mail packages and envelopes are
environmentally friendly, exceeding the highest standards for recyclability.
 Domestic Shipping$12.95 Military Shipping   APO/FPO Addresses$10.95
International
Shipping   Canada and Mexico$29.95  Other Countries$49.95
The Postal Service will continue to offer its original Priority Mail
Flat-Rate Boxes, which currently retail domestically for $8.95.
-Marc
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4) From: Marc
Forgot to include: *New pricing for these new boxes will not be effective
until March 3, 2008.
-Marc
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5) From: Paul Helbert
Will SM allow small items (like a thermometer) to be buried in the coffee
and still use the flat rate box?
I have not been able to find the flat rate shipping on prior
orders...probably just me not being able to see what is right before my
eyes.
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6) From: Rich
Based on the size of that box and the ESTIMATED volume of 20 pounds of =
greens it might just fit.  It will be close though.  The USPS will not =
accept a box that is over packed - bulging.
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7) From: True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69)
Sweet looks like I may have started something!
My 20 pounders in a flat rate who knew!!!!
Dennis

8) From: miKe mcKoffee
True, but the last 3 twenties I bought a couple weeks ago (more IMV:-)
shipping was $22.89 total for the one sixty pound box UPS so UPS would still
be much cheaper. And since Left coast just as fast or faster than USPS
Priority and UPS has real tracking.
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9) From: Joe Screnock
I would LOVE to get 60 lbs for $22.89 ($0.38 per pound).  My last 60 lb 
order had a shipping cost of $49.52 to NW Illinois.  (Just spitting 
distance from Bettendorf and a stones throw from Cedar Rapids.)  That's 
$0.825 per pound for UPS vs. $0.821 per pound for the USPS Flat Rate.
The new Flat Rate boxes should come in around $0.70 per pound.  Good 
news for those of us in the Midwest - and beyond!
Joe
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10) From: Rich
IF the new large flat rate box will hold 20# of bans then it works out 
to $0.6475 per pound of beans.  Unless you live on the left coast this 
is the low cost shipping alternative.
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11) From: Joe Screnock
This is true *IF* the shipping charge is the "list" price of 12.95. 
However, the current $8.95 FRSB is $9.85 from SM.  I assumed a similar 
handling charge and rounded to $14.00.
Either way, it will certainly be the low cost alternative.  I can't wait!
Joe
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12) From: Tom Ulmer
How viable is the new box for shipping 20 pounds cross country? The current
box ends up at my place with the cardboard pretty battered with only 10
pounds inside.

13) From: Jim Gundlach
My guess is that it might not hold twenty one-pounders, while holding  =
four five-pounders with a little room to spare.  Different package  =
size combinations may make this difficult.  The rule may have to say  =
something like up to 18 pounds in five or more packages and up to  =
twenty pounds  in four or fewer. Tom may just have to try different  =
combinations to see what works.  What ever is announced as a maximum  =
will have to leave a little room to spare for those lighter and bigger  =
coffees.  But, I'm looking forward to being able to use it.
        pecan jim
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14) From: Rich
I think the "extra" is the USPS insurance.
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15) From: Jim Gundlach
But, to my place in Alabama, UPS would charge $65.42 for UPS Ground  
for 60 pounds shipped from Sweetmaria's.  USPS would charge $38.85 for  
three of the bigger flat rate boxes and would get them here in less  
than half the time.   In fact, if I ordered it in time to be shipped  
today, it would probably be here Saturday and certainly by Monday.   
UPS would charge $236.41 to get it here Friday and 163.17 to get it  
here Monday.  They don't deliver on Saturday.  I could make a round  
trip flight from Atlanta to San Francisco on Air Tran and bring back  
180 pounds of greens for about $310.  In other words, I could fly  
across the country and hand deliver 180 pounds of green coffee in one  
day for less than UPS would deliver that amount in three days.   I  
don't have exact data on it but it seems to me that the cost of  
shipping has gone way up lately.
      pecan jim
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16) From: Joe Screnock
Now there's a good idea.  I wonder if SM would consider offering a 
single 60 lb order to be shipped in 3 FRSB-II boxes.  Put the burlap 
sack into the FRSB, fill it, tie it, seal it.  I think it would be the 
low cost shipping option to almost everyone east of the Mississippi 
River.  (Maybe even to Brett too!)
Joe
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17) From: Allon Stern
On Feb 20, 2008, at 12:47 PM, Tom Ulmer wrote:
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what happened to the other two pounds?
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18) From: Tom Ulmer
Recently I read that being depressed and angry together increases your risks
of coronary disease. Apparently the fellow who penned the article didn't
understand the irony of posing this information. I find myself subject to
both these emotions when ordering less than a five-pounder. 
Cheers.


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