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You know that you can visit USPS online at www.usps.com and print your own Priority Mail label. It is all good, except the fact that you can only print Priority Mail and Express Mail labels online. The only other way to directly print First Class labels are to use subscription based services such as www.stamps.com and www.endicia.com, in which you must pay monthly fees.

If you have a PayPal account, here’s how you could easily print your own First Class Mail stamp and Media Mail stamp at home. You could access it here.

Note that PayPal does not actually advertise this service, as this service is primarily for the convenience of eBay sellers to print the pre-paid shipping label. But you could access PayPal Shipping to print labels, by going to this link.

For your Information
In terms of price and the delivery time, here are the order (from the cheapest to the most expensive):

1) USPS First Class Mail

2) USPS Priority Mail

3) USPS Express Mail

There is also Media Mail ( www.usps.com/prices/media-mail-prices.htm) which is cheaper than First Class Mail, but it is limited to sending books and media.

Hope this information helps.

Thanks to link


89 Responses to “Tip: How to print your own First Class Mail postage stamp label at home.. PayPal”

  1. mugglesonia says:

    This is very useful information! Thanks for posting about it!

  2. eddie tyler says:

    you cannot use pay pal OR ebay to print labels for free, that stinky greedy company only cares about profits…I hope they soon go bankrupt, this is not what Pierre visioned. anyway they have (ebay) closed all the print postage loopholes as of yesterday

  3. Clair Truax says:

    eddie tyler
    Take your venom somewhere else. The link above works just fine; you can print postage-paid shipping labels on PayPal, and it IS free, you only have to have an account against which they will charge you the amount of the postage.

    And besides, why would a company not want to make a profit? That’s why they are in business, and if it constitutes “greed” to want to make a profit… call it whatever you want is’t a good thing! That’s why we have companies offering useful services such as eBay and PayPal. If you want a company to offer their services for free… go ahead and start it up! I would predict that you would soon loose interest or go bankrupt!

  4. Andy says:

    The link works, Thanks!

  5. Andy says:

    Update on link: Bookmark this page to always use fresh link to get to Paypal postage area otherwise the paypal page linked will place you at your account page, saying that you can’t get to the postal page. This happened before and I needed the fresh link everytime afterwards.
    So far it’s always working.

  6. Richard says:

    Very helpful, the link worked and saved me waiting in a long line at the post office. Thank You! Wish I could actually find it in my pp account settings.

  7. Remi says:

    The tip above from Andy is true; bookmark the link to access the Paypal shipping area. As the OP stated, this service isn’t blatantly promoted by PP, and it doesn’t link to your primary account.

  8. Marilyn Jacobs says:

    I was able to use the link but it was not for first class envelopes but rather first class large envelopes. It seems like when I used it a year ago, it included regular first class envelopes. I was doing shipping for small padded envelope that weighed 4 oz. with cost of I think it was $1.81. I appreciate this but was just commenting because it seems different then last year.

  9. A-W-E-S-O-M-E. I never reply to these help forms, but this one deserves a big thank you… THANK YOU!!!

  10. kim3timemom says:

    Thank you so much!! This is perfect. I have an etsy shop and they have recently started accepting credit cards, in addition to paypal. If I needed to use 1st Class postage, and the customer used their credit cards, I could no longer ship it via paypal. I’d have to go to the post office since we can’t purchase postage at the USPS site online. You have saved me so much time!! I can’t thank you enough for sharing this info!! God Bless!

  11. tmaster says:

    Its only for first class parcel rates. It does not do first class letter rates.
    Its a diff of 60 cents verses $1.90

  12. GP Willoughby says:

    I used this link a couple times, thanks for that. However, the last time that I tried to use it, after I gave the address information, I was taken to Paypal’s “Add Funding Source” page. I have a checking account and a credit card tied to PayPal so I don’t know what’s going on there. I couldn’t find a way around it.

  13. BewareofMommaBear says:

    @Richard – I agree! I searched and searched, but couldn’t find it. After I printed the label, I went to view “details”, and it said it was eBay shipping, and interestingly “no address provided”. Huh.
    @Marilyn Jacobs & @tmaster:
    This link really is only for printing a label/purchasing postage for a PACKAGE. There is no advantage (price-wise at least) to buying postage online for regular fcm or large-envelope fcm – the price is the same no matter where you buy it. There is, however, a significant savings on postage for First Class Parcels – packages purchased online – because not only is there a discount on the postage, but delivery confirmation, which costs .75-.85 at the PO, is free for FC, or only .19 for PP when the postage is purchased online.
    I agree with the others as well – THANK YOU for this link! I must admit, even though I’ve used this link before and know it’s not spam or phishing or anything like that, and that it WILL take me to my own actual PayPal account, following a link that asks for a password made me a little nervous. I think because it’s pounded into our heads so often not to following links to financial accounts….
    Anyway, to reassure anyone else nervous about following the link – IT’S GOOD ~ NO WORRIES 🙂

  14. arie says:

    Any time that is spent outside the post office is a time saved !!!!!!

  15. nick says:

    THANK YOU! I was wondering how to print these label. I went to USPS website and they only had Priority which wasn’t worth the price to me.

  16. Bernadette says:

    I am SO HAPPY for this post!!! I sell on ebay and etsy with no issues printing first class labels but for my other sales it has been SUCH a hassle to not have the option to print/ship online. I am THRILLED!!!

  17. 1391 Days of Far-Left Tyranny Remaining says:

    Thanks for the link! Now I don’t have to choose between overpaying for Priority Mail or waiting in long lines at the Government misrun Post Office….

  18. Rachel says:

    Any chance you could post directions from paypal navigation how you found that? Don’t want to have to visit this page every time I need it. Thanks!

  19. Susan says:

    I am getting an error on the zip code everytime I use standard shipping but when I change it to priority it works fine.

  20. BewareofMommaBear says:

    I have not been able to figure out how to get to this screen directly from my paypal account, and believe me, I tried – I searched long and hard. So what I did was just bookmark this page – I use it all the time, and it’s saved me a lot of money. Yes, it is one extra step, but it’s well worth it for the savings. I’ve shared this page with a few other sellers and they’ve been thrilled too. THANKS AGAIN, OP!

  21. Cjack says:

    Awesome link. I just now signed up for usps to ship online and was not happy to see that First Class shipping was left out of the options.

    @Rachel… I don’t think you can get to this screen directly from paypal. In reality it was most likely only meant to be used for eBay purchases. It’s possible you can save the link after doing the “checkout” process after a sale in eBay.

  22. Hi everyone. We just signed up for the shipping service provided through https://www.paypal.com/shipnow. Our first label was actually $0.36 LESS than than the price we would be charged if we went directly to the post office and was $0.46 LESS than what we have been charged through our prior vendor ShippingEasy.

    Awesome find! Thank you for the suggestion.

    Does anyone know how to integrate this shipping functionality with a BigCommerce store so that we don’t need to manually transfer the shipping details from one platform to the other?

  23. DRuck says:

    This link worked great. I had used it before, but I thought it stopped working. I ship alot of First Class Mail packages and it’s good to know I can do it this way.

    Thank you for sharing!

  24. AG says:

    Thank you. This link will save us a lot of time in shipping for our small business.

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  26. prodigalcat says:

    I think I figured out the way to access PayPal/USPS shipping without using the link on this page: sign in to PayPal, choose ‘merchant services.’ Scroll to the bottom of the page, under ‘shipping and taxes’ choose ‘manage my shipments’ this should launch ‘PayPal MultiOrder Shipping’. Voila. Choose ‘File’, choose ‘create new orders’, fill in shipping details, ship to address and ship from address. I don’t fill in ‘order details’ because I’m printing a mailing label for my own use, not in relation to an order. I hope it works for you.

  27. angela says:

    What is the paypal link?? I cant find it.

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  29. Matt says:

    This helped me out greatly so that I didn’t have to make a trip to the post office, thanks for posting.

  30. Alyda says:

    Perfect! Thanks a bunch.

  31. sharon says:

    omg…ive been trying to figure this out. halleluiah

  32. D Jones says:

    USPS first class calculator said $1.40 for my large flat envelope (but would not sell me the postage online). PayPal charged $1.93 and I printed the label. So it’s a trade off, save 53 cents and go to the post office, or buy online.

  33. Joanne says:

    Thank you so much! This is exactly what I was looking for.

  34. mcl says:

    This is a life saver. Even though I sell online, I still have customers now and again who want to pay by check or money order. If first class I usually have to stand in line for these packages(and pay extra for delivery confirmation). Thank you, thank you. I will be using it today!

  35. CapnBry says:

    Wow this is so great! I had been going to the Post Office and paying $2.32 to ship padded envelopes _like a sucker_. Paypal will print first class postage for just $1.92 and I can do it without putting on pants. Thanks for the tip.

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