Postal Pointers #1 – Mailing Raffle Tickets is a Gamble
Over the last several months, you’ve probably wondered about all the changes happening at the United States Postal Service (USPS) and if it might have any negative changes to your business. We’ve been flooded with calls and e-mails about this very subject, so we’re going to highlight several changes over the next several weeks and keep you continuously updated if we hear any additional news from the USPS.
Welcome to our first “Postal Pointer!”
One of the questions we often are asked at Kopytek is “can you mail raffle tickets through the USPS?”
The answer to that question is no. According to federal law, the mailing of raffle tickets through the USPS is illegal. However, there are alternatives, one of them being the services we offer here at Kopytek.
Knowing that we mail out thousands of fundraising mailers on behalf of our non-profit organization clients, the USPS will not send out mailers that incorporate the words “prize, chance and consideration.” Articles of mail with those wording are classified as unlawful mail matter and will not be sent out.
Many folks will try to squeeze through the first-class mail loophole (the USPS is not allowed to open that rate of mail), but if you have a mass mailer to send out, that’s going to be costly.
Play by the book and make sure to bring your direct mail to Kopytek. We’ll get it out to your mailing list at a fraction of the cost of the USPS.
It’s a win-win situation even Clif Clavin would be proud of. Cheers!
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