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From Canada To...
Domestic - $0.52
USA - $0.96
International - $1.60
NOTE: Currencies are local to the "from" country. I.e. Canada rates are Canadian dollars. YMMV, based on mailing a single tag using typical shipping prep methods. Last updated 12/28/2009 - check your country's current postal rates, this list is for general reference only.
Additional Information: The post office actually has a template in some locations with a slot. If the envelop with your tag fits into that, it is considered okay for mailing, not bulk. With a single tag or several tags packed correctly, your envelop will be the thickness they are looking at.
Some traders report they have mailed up to 4 tags for 44 cents in the USA. Just weigh your package - if it's under an ounce it only needs one stamp. They put 2 tags in each small coin envelope, then the coin envelopes were fit side by side in the mailing envelope. As long as it fits through that slot they use as a template, you're good to go!
Make sure the tag is in the center of the envelope, not at one end or at the very bottom or top where the machine stamps the electronic bar code. That's how envelopes get ripped, very important the tag must be in the center of the envelope.
Also note that you can purchase stamps at the post office in exact denominations. So instead of using 2 $.44 stamps if your package is over an ounce, you can get a stamp for less than $.88 that does the trick and saves some money.
Tags must be secured well inside a non-padded mailer to prevent "escape" during shipping. Since most regular mail is handled by large sorting machines, not taking appropriate steps to prepare your tags for mailing can result in loss or damage of your letter.
Most community traders will follow this procedure for preparing their tags:
The biggest risk for loss is damage in the post office sorting machines which squeeze tags and move envelops through at a high rate of speed. Without taking some steps to secure your tag, the tag will fly right out of the bag and out of the envelope.
Instead of the above process, some people have put the tags inside a folded in half index card and taped around the index card. Others have used the little coin envelopes. Others have taped the PT baggie to a piece of cardboard...it doesn't matter, just don't throw the PT into an envelope "naked". Find your style and what works for you. Ask for advice in the forums if you have concerns, community members are always willing to help!
Adapted from contribution by community member Tank Hounds
Contributed by community member Clatmandu