What Does Suppress Postage From Label Means?
“Suppress postage from label” refers to a request or action to exclude or hide the postage or shipping cost information from a label. In various shipping and mailing scenarios, labels are generated to be affixed to packages or envelopes, and these labels typically include information such as the recipient’s address, the sender’s address, and the postage or shipping cost.
When someone asks to “suppress postage from label,” they are usually indicating that they want the label to display all the necessary address information but without revealing the postage or shipping cost. This could be for privacy reasons, aesthetics, or because the shipping cost is covered separately or handled in a different manner.
For example, in some cases, businesses or individuals might want to keep the shipping cost confidential or separate from the packaging label to prevent recipients from seeing the cost of shipping. In such situations, the postage information would be suppressed or omitted from the label.
The key points are:
- Suppressing postage hides the dollar amount and displays generic text instead
- It’s done by checking a “hide postage” option when buying and printing the label
- Benefits include hiding discounts and preventing fraud
- Platforms like Stamps.com, Endicia, Paypal allow suppressing postage
- Related topics include editing labels, stealth postage, and canceling labels
How To Hide Postage On USPS Label
The key is to use services that give you the option to suppress the postage as you print the label. USPS does not directly offer postage suppression but 3rd party tools integrate this feature. Here are some tips for hiding the postage amount on a USPS shipping label:
- Use a postage printing service like Stamps.com, Endicia, or PayPal Shipping that allows you to select a “hide postage” option. This will suppress the postage amount during printing.
- In Stamps.com, check the “Hide Postage Value” box when printing the label.
- In Endicia, go to Postage > Options and select “Use Stealth Postage” to hide the amount.
- In PayPal Shipping, there is no direct setting but you can print on a blank sheet of paper instead of a label to omit the cost.
- Some shipping services like ShipStation and ShipWorks have USPS integration that supports hiding postage as well. Look for a “hide postage” setting.
- If printing postage directly from USPS Click-N-Ship, this feature is not available. Consider using a 3rd party service above.
- For pre-printed USPS labels, write over the cost with a permanent marker before shipping.
Can You Edit A Shipping Label
Unfortunately, you cannot directly edit a shipping label after it has been printed. Directly editing a printed USPS label is not possible. The ideal options are to reprint or cancel and replace the label before shipping. Be very careful with manual label alterations.
However, there are a few options if you need to modify a label:
- Reprint the label with corrections. Many shipping platforms like PayPal, ShipStation, etc. allow you to void and reprint a label. Update the address or details and print again.
- Cancel the label and purchase a new one. Services like Stamps.com allow canceling which refunds the postage. Then buy a new label.
- Manually altering labels is not recommended. USPS specifies that any changes void the label.
- For minor errors like apartment number, you can write the correction clearly with permanent marker.
- Use a shipping label mask to cover errors and write corrections visibly.
- On packages not yet shipped, you may carefully peel off the label and reprint a new one. But this damages labels.
- If the package is en route or delivered, request a package intercept or address correction through USPS.