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.
Unused labels are automatically refunded after 28 days
It's important to remember that Pirate Ship will automatically refund you for any label purchases that don't have tracking updates after 28 days 💰 By that point, your label is definitely too old to use, and you will want to recreate and repurchase it.
Note that this only applies to any prepaid shipping labels! Our Pay-on-Use Return Labels are valid for up to 90 days 😃
Any questions? Our Support Team is happy to lend a hook!