Snailmailr: Send Mail from the Web

Send a letter online __ Snailmailr.comEven though most of my work is done entirely online, occasionally there are times when I have to send a letter: invoices for clients who want print copies, official correspondence and even, sometimes, letters to people who I can’t get in touch with online. I don’t always want to drop everything and head off to the post office to send my mail, however, making Snailmailr a surprisingly useful tool.

For 99 cents, Snailmailr will print and send a letter anywhere — and that includes internationally. To start with, you just type in your return address, as well as the recipient’s address. Once you’ve got those all-important details entered in, Snailmailr will provide you with an editor not too dissimilar from that you might see in an email client. You can choose your font and text size, and italicize, underline, bold, highlight and position your text as well. You can even insert a photo if you wish.

Send a letter online __ all you need to do is send a short note or an invoice, that may be all you need to do. If, however, you have a longer document that you need to send along with your document, Snailmailr is prepared. You can upload an attachment that will be printed in full color for no extra charge (up to two pages) and mailed with your letter. You can attach PDFs, Microsoft Word documents, PowerPoint slides, text files or RTF files. You can also choose to skip writing a note and make the attached file the entirety of your letter. Pages beyond the first two cost 25 cents per page, with an upper limit of 20 pages.

Once your letter is ready to go, you’ll be taken to a preview page which will show you what your letter will look like, as well as offer you a payment button to check out. Snailmailr uses Amazon Payments to help you pay for your mail. If you change your mind about sending a letter, you can cancel anytime, up until when the letter is actually printed, and receive a full refund. Snailmailr notes on its site that letters are printed on quality recycled paper. The company also offsets emissions with carbon credits.

There are some additional fees that may increase the cost of using Snailmailr. For instance, all mail sent through the site is stamped with the SnailMailr logo — if you’d rather leave that off, you can pay 10 cents per letter to do so.

At first glance, 99 cents may seem like a high price to pay for sending a letter, which normally costs about 44 cents. However, that 99 cents covers more than the cost of a stamp: It also covers full color printing, the cost of driving to the post office, and even the time necessary to get a letter in the mail. It may not necessarily be the best option for every piece of mail you send, but it’s more than reasonable if you only have one or two letters to get into the mail.

Have you tried using Snailmailr to send a letter? Let us know what you think of the service in the comments.


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