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USPS Online Shipping: Send packages without leaving your home

Save yourself the hassle of going to the post office to ship packages by taking advantage of the USPS' online shipping services. By visiting the United States Postal Service official website, you can send items via mail without leaving the comforts of your home. You can also order shipping supplies such as boxes, labels and stickers to pack your items in, and save on costs because some of these are free of charge. There is no need to step out of your home because you can opt to have your package picked up by a postal personnel. Here's how you can send items via the USPS online shipping service.

Visit the homepage of the USPS website and sign up for an account. This is necessary to have access on the site's services such as ordering supplies, buying stamps, printing labels, arranging for package pickup, tracking packages, etc.

Go to the USPS Store section to order boxes and shipping supplies.  Some supplies are free of charge such as the flat rate envelopes and boxes.Your orders will be delivered right on your doorstep.

Pack your item using the supplies following proper packing techniques to avoid damages and ensure on time delivery.

Calculate shipping cost by using the website's easy and quick shipping calculator. All you need to do is provide all necessary information such as destination, to and from zip codes, type of service, dimension and weight of your package, etc.

Pay for postage and shipping service online via credit card and print the label from the "Print Postage" section.  Cut the label to size using scissors and attach to your package with glue or tape. Protect the label from the elements by sticking clear packing tape on top. Self-adhesive labels can also be ordered, if preferred.

Schedule a free Package Pickup by clicking on the "Request A Pickup" option. A postal worker will pick up your shipment for free during regular mail delivery if you're using an expedited service like Priority Mail, Express Mail, Global Express Guaranteed, or Merchandise Return services. Provide all the information necessary such as complete address, date of pickup and number of packages to be picked up.

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