I spoke to Canada Post and they told me it's not possible to purchase Lettermail Shipping online. I certainly haven't found a way when I searched either.
For a workaround, I created an address template that will print out perfectly on my shipping labels. I then purchased sheets of stamps. You get 6 stamps to a sheet and each stamp is worth $ 1.94 which is how much it costs me to ship each envelope within Canada. This way, I can still just print the label and stick a stamp on, without having to line up at the post office every time I receive an order.
Hi Aria, I'm so glad this thread exists as we just launched a store and have been banging our heads against a wall trying to find a way to ship our tiny, inexpensive product in an envelope - the shipping rates on parcels would have us dead in the water! Are you still using stamps? We're working with a fufillment service, so thinking we could get them to auto print out an address template (do you have a recommendation?) and then can just add stamps for domestic orders.
What have you found to work for international orders?
Thanks so much!
Yes, I'm still using stamps because I haven't found a way to purchase letter mail online. For the address template, I literally just used the Pages app on my Mac (Word would work as well or Google docs or any word processing app). I had to do a bit of trial and error to create the perfect printable template then I kept it.
For international orders, I can't do letter mail. It exists for sending things to the States but it is paper only and I am sending a metal object (enamel pin). Those orders just have the shipping calculated at checkout and I purchase the shipping label online.
You would need to speak to your fulfilment service to find out what they are willing to do.
It's not Shopify decision-makers we need for this, it's Canada Post. For whatever reason, they don't allow letter mail to be sold online, it's not available on the Canada Post website either.
Most of my parcels ship to the states but when people do purchase from Canada, I keep sheets of stamps and just print the customers address on a shipping label sticker and put the stamp on. The whole thing is almost as quick as printing a regular shipping label.
I came across your thread and felt i could give you an idea on how we work this thing out.
We sell all our products using Canadapost oversize lettermail. At this time, we ship only to Canada using this method.
HOW TO USE IT FROM YOUR OFFICE:
Here is a few links to help you out:
https://amzn.to/3rAxvd4 This is the envelope we use
Hope this helps !
This issue has been documented in a few other threads - every month or so I go and reply to each of them - lets all keep on this until we get this fixed!