FOMO Coffee Mug Shipping USPS In Flat Rate Padded Envelope

FOMO Coffee Mug Shipping USPS In Flat Rate Padded Envelope

FOMO SHIPPING Coffee Mugs 101 – As many of you know eBay has encouraged sellers to offer free shipping. Well…. if you sell Coffee mugs or cups and they are over 13 ounces it can get quite costly to go from coast to coast.  A package can cost up to $12.79 to mail to New York from Utah.  

I came up with a way to ship for $5.35 Priority if you are an eBay eTRS (Top Rated Seller) and $5.70 for non eTrs. I ran it by my friend Jason Smith of Thrifting with the Boys and asked what he thought… He said… “my Favorite FOMO is a genius”. Now understand FOMO means former Mormon and it is Jason’s favorite term for me … so he started naming the coffee packaging this term.. The name stuck but we felt we needed a new definition to not offend anyone. Jason and his wife Staci came up with “Freely Overcoming Mug Obstacles” (FOMO) … it works and it is a hit. We will include videos on how we use this method.  We would love to hear your reaction on this method of shipping.   Send all your friends to to learn how we do this. 

Fomo Shipping Saves You money shipping Coffee Mugs cross country
FOMO Shipping saves you money shipping coffee mugs cross country.

1. Flat rate Padded Priority Envelopes that are free from the post office website. (you cannot get at the counter)  You have to order from the USPS website or the 1.800.610.8734.  You will need to set up a free account.  You can call and order 200 envelopes a day.  

2. If you use online shipping, such as eBay, PayPal, or the USPS website, this will be between $5.05 and $5.15 depending on the site you use.

3. You will need 1. the envelope 2. Bubble Wrap 3. Cardboard to wrap the handle and mug after wrapping in Bubble wrap.   (I cut a lot of pieces from boxes and lay them in a pile for just this purpose)

4. Watch to see how we pack mugs below.  

1.  David Rayor Of COST shipping Fomo

2.  Jason Smith of Thrifting with the Boys shipping FOMO

I received a package in the mail from a customer so I wanted to show you how she mailed a FOMO mug.. view here

About Author

Cindy Sorley

I am a stay at home mom who runs a very large specialty needlework store on eBay. I am also involved in the eBay and PayPal communities as an eBay Voices Member and a PayPal Ambassador. Www.bubbacandance and


Chuck P

January 10, 2013 at 12:25 am

I may have to buy a mug from you just to see how they arrive. Do you have a link to your active mug listings?

Cindy Sorley

January 10, 2013 at 12:38 am

Chuck, Great Point… I should have all my cups listed here. It really works… I will be honest with you. Not a fan of the new Plastic Padded Flat Rate… working on a fix for that and will film that this week.

Marc Bates

February 17, 2013 at 9:12 pm

This works
Not only for mugs – but I have shipped small figurines, MXM vases, cameras, lenses cross country and beyond (one lens went overseas) using FOMO. . .
Thanks Cindy

    Cindy Sorley

    February 18, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Marc, Thank you so much for letting us know that the FOMO method of shipping works and saves a lot of money. You are the best.


February 28, 2013 at 5:59 pm

I noticed that Jason was using a priorty box to wrap around the mug. What size works the best? A long time ago I order the large video priority box that I have never used and was wondering if that would be a good size to use. Thanks for the info

Cindy Sorley

April 4, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Tammy, Jason was using an old shipping box he had received a package from. He cut up the box just to make pieces.


June 24, 2013 at 2:25 pm

I have been using FOMO and have recieved one neutral complaint (shipped in cardboard and loose tape in a plastic bag). Not even close… and the item wasn’t broken. They left neutral on shipping package which isn’t part of the criteria and ebay wont remove. 🙁 I still have 100% tho’. thanks for putting this on the web.

    Cindy Sorley

    June 25, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Amy , I am so sorry to hear about your FOMO neutral. I have been adding my shipping as a flat rate padded envelope so at least the customer sees that it will come in the envelope and they are not shocked and can question you before hand if they are concerned. See if that helps. Keep coming back… we will have lots of tips to share.

Sara Pichardo

July 5, 2013 at 10:54 am

I did not know we could re-use priority boxes, that is a plus for me! 🙂 Are we also able to re-use priority padded envelopes too?

Patricia Nichols

July 20, 2013 at 8:08 am

Cindy – Great video, looks to be safe for coffee cups or heavier pottery … what about finer china, not antique or vintage but modern brands like Mikasa?

    Cindy Sorley

    October 3, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Patricia, I don’t do FOMO Shipping unless it gets over a the 13 ounces to not be able to ship first class or goes over the 1 lb to go across country or international at priority.

Donna B.

October 24, 2013 at 6:52 pm

Wow, I never heard of this. About to start selling on ebay (behind the curve, that’s me) and found out about this from ebay underground. Thanks!

    Cindy Sorley

    October 24, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Donna, We will add some new videos next week.


May 21, 2014 at 7:41 pm

Can you use the .19 cent 4x4x4 corrugated boxes for mugs inside the USPS padded envelopes? Has anyone tried? Will they fit? I’m trying to avoid having to cut my own card board for each mug. Seems like a lot of time to invest when the mug costs less than the shipping :(.

    Cindy Sorley

    July 28, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Jessica, Where do you buy these boxes?

Jessica P

May 21, 2014 at 7:43 pm

Has anyone tried using the 4x4x4 corrugated boxes inside the USPS flat rate padded envelope? Will it fit? Trying to avoid spending time cutting cardboard.

    Cindy Sorley

    July 28, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    I will ask in my group if it fits. I just wrap a lot of bubble wrap and avoid the cardboard most of the time lately.


October 19, 2014 at 8:39 am

just curious, if the mug breaks, is it still covered thru the usps insurance – since its technically not padded 2″ or do you just refund on the occasional breakage?

    Cindy Sorley

    October 22, 2014 at 5:33 am

    Paula I am not sure to tell you the truth. I would just ask and please let me know.

February 13, 2015 at 10:25 pm

I have read so many posts concerning the blogger lovers however this post
is in fact a nice piece of writing, keep it up.

Curious Reader

February 14, 2015 at 11:08 am

You might want to rethink this. I see a LOT of people with broken mugs. Padded envelopes do not protect. The cost to bubble wrap or cardboard pad appropriately ends up off setting the cost. Good luck people.


February 15, 2015 at 5:47 pm

I just ordered the . Flat rate Padded Priority Envelopes- when I go to mail my mugs out to my customers, I bring these to the post office window to mail them out, and that is when they will charge the 5.50 flat rate? A little confused after I pack the mugs how to get them shipped out and pay the flat rate. Do they weigh them at the window and then I pay? dumb question but I need a little clarity?

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