USPS wants you to use that label as close to the Ship Date as possible 👍
When purchasing a label in Pirate Ship, you can select a Ship Date for up to 7 days in the future 🎉 It's a great option when you know you won't make it to the Post Office for a while, or just want to allow yourself that extra wiggle room!
Generally, you can still use a label a few days after the Ship Date - but, it is up to your local postal worker's discretion, so make sure you're super nice to them about it 😉 That said, USPS doesn't mind if you try to use the label earlier than the chosen Ship Date.
If you plan to use your label more than 2-4 days after the Ship Date, your Post Office might still accept it, but it's not always likely 😓 We always recommend playing it safe by requesting a refund for that label, and creating a new one with the updated Ship Date.
UPS is much more lenient with Ship Dates
UPS, on the other hand, is much more lenient with Ship Dates 👌 UPS prefers you use your labels within 100 days, but if you hand them your package after that, they'll just charge you with an additional $2 "Missing PLD Fee" and deliver it like normal.
Unused labels are automatically refunded after 28 days
It's important to remember that Pirate Ship will automatically refund you for any USPS or UPS label purchases that don't have tracking updates after 28 days 💰 By that point, you will want to recreate and repurchase it.
Note that this only applies to any prepaid shipping labels! Our Pay-on-Use USPS Return Labels are valid for up to 90 days 😃
Any questions? Our Support Team is happy to lend a hook!