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The USPS Flat Rate box claims that if it fits, it ships -or does it? (20 photos)

We've all seen the commercials for the USPS touting that whatever you can cram into a Flat Rate box, it's one flat fee for shipping anywhere in the lower 48 states. I decided to test this service and really push the limits of their fine print -which indicates a weight limit of 70 lbs! I also thought it would be fun to play a little prank on my sister Emily, who runs theBERRY.com, and send the package from Venice Beach to her in Nashville, TN.

But what is small enough to weight 70 lbs? 10,000 pennies. We could only fit 60 lbs of pennies in the box, but good enough for us and we don't want to give any disgruntled postal worker a hernia and, well, make them go postal.

Did the package make it?


The “VERY HEAVY” package made it from Venice, CA to Emily’s apartment in Nashville, TN in 3 days without bursting at the seams. Well done USPS, well done. I have slightly more respect for you angry little people (kidding, the only cranky and slow-as-hell USPS workers are in Chicago).
Special thanks to Mac the Intern for dragging this package to the post office and fending off evil-eyes from holding up the line with his special package.

Your Mission Chivers: Go to the USPS and grab a flat rate box and put whatever you can fit inside and send it to theCHIVE offices and we’ll take photos of the contents and do a post. Be creative, but please refrain from sending poop. That’s not cool. And I’m pretty sure you can go to jail for that.

theCHIVE
701 Ocean Front Walk #6
Venice, CA 90291

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