Hey Reinhard ... thanks for taking the time to look at this and the reply.
The USPS has many different boxes available for flat rate shipping and I use them all them time. I actually suspect he does as well. Additionally, the boxes are FREE and they will deliver them to you at no charge and they will also even pick them up for shipping at no charge (that is why the PO is making money right ... LOL). They travel priority mail w/tracking as well.
As Woodcuter said Curley's uses the USPS priority box where if it fits it ships In your case he should be using a regional box and it should be around $3-5. This is a USPS flat rate box or a regional rate box and it does not matter where it goes in the USA ... it is the same price with 2-3 day service. It does not matter where it is shipped to ... CA, NY, FL ... does not matter. Weight up to 70# ... does not matter. If it fits in the box it is a flat rate price.
And, Curley knows this.
He is using standard postal SW to calculate shipping and it is based on zip code and weight ... BUT, he uses the flat rate boxes to actually ship the product. In the instant case charging $15 for a $5.80 flat rate shipping box (cost).
I wonder why he felt the need to tell you all that ...........
I use the Regional Rate B box all the time to send my man in Calif 10# of salami chubs @ $13.37 from FL to CA
Here is the cost to ship from Iowa to Florida ..... That order I showed earlier cost $5.25 ..... not $15.25 !
You print the label on-line and pay for it ... bang it is done and very simple ... he knows all this already though.
Priority Mail Flat Rate service offers 1 day, 2 day, or 3 day service to most domestic destinations. Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes are available at many Post Offices and can be ordered online at USPS.com/store. This 1-3 day service may include tracking at no additional cost. Priority Mail bearing an IMpb or retail tracking barcode includes $50 of insurance. Priority Mail bearing an IMpb paid at Commercial Plus Prices includes $100 of insurance. Additional merchandise insurance up to $5,000 may be purchased for a fee.
Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes are priced low to U.S. destinations, regardless of the actual weight of the piece up to 70 pounds.
Edited by rexlan - 2/1/14 at 12:33pm