USPS Guidelines for rounded corner postcards?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by DesignerGenes, Jun 10, 2009.

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    I'm currently designing a small rsvp postcard for my wedding invites. I've tried to find info on whether or not it is kosher to mail a postcard with rounded corners but I am getting conflicting results. The USPS website is such a cluster, I can't really find anything on there and several online printing companies say that it is a big no-no but I'm not so sure that info is up-to-date.

    Any direct mail designers out there that have come across this issue before? Does it cost more to mail?

    Normally I would just call the local post office, but I need to approve the design first thing in the AM.

    Thanks...
     
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    It seems you're OK with rounded corners, providing the radius of the curvature is no greater than 1/8" (approx 3mm).
     
  3. macrumors G5

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    People have experimented with shipping all kinds of stuff via USPS,
    such as plastic bottles, balls without containers.

    Rules on rounded corners on postcard will most likely not be enforced.
     
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    Thanks for the help.

    I was looking a little bit more and i came across what the USPS calls Customized MarketMail

    I would think that this would allow for rounded corners on a postcard. They have some examples on the website of some crazy die cut postcards (ie. a dinosaur) so I really don't see how rounded corners would throw a wrench in the works.

    That crazy USPS. Gotta love 'em.
     
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    It's not necessarily the shape, it's how the shape works in automated sorting and is therefore priced for mailing. If you want something to be sent at postcard rate without fail, stick to the guidelines. If you don't care about the rate because you're only sending out a couple of dozen at most, then fill your boots. When you're sending out tens or hundreds of thousands of the things, the extra few cents per item quickly add up.

    Don't forget to supply a cutter with the file unless your printer has got one that can do the job.
     

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