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    Kenneth John Odle

    Like many of you, I’ve always packaged my zines in those manila envelopes (6 x 9 inches) with the metal clasp. The lady behind the counter asked me if I knew what those clasps were for.

    “I have no idea, honestly,” I said. I’d always assumed they were there so you could reuse the envelope in-house.

    “They don’t do a thing for you,” she said. She then grabbed her staple remover, ripped it out, and covered the space with tape.

    “Those clasps”, she said, “don’t go through a letter sorter. If you leave those on there, I have to send it as a package and charge you more. If you don’t have those, it will go through a letter sorter and I can send it as an envelope and charge you less.”

    TL;DR: I was sending a single issue of a 12-sheet zine, folded in half. With the clasp, the cost was somewhere around $1.50. Without it, it was $0.70. Save money, don’t use clasps!


    This is great advice! Thank you so much.

    Kenneth John Odle

    You’re welcome. It’s just one of those random bits of knowledge that drop into your life that really make a difference in the long run.

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