I’m tired of being told a gusseted envelope can expand up to 2” when only the top half of the envelope can really make this claim. This mailing solution, with its accordion-like folds along the sides, does not have uniform capacity. Its accordion construction is actually “v-shaped” so that the bottom of the envelope narrows to a point and gradually widens to its maximum capacity.
And a paperboard mailer with the gusseted construction looks long enough to hold legal paper, but it doesn’t… just the capacity of 8.5×11 sheets that it claims.
Oversized, roomy mailing solutions like this are costly, wasteful, and potentially damaging the contents and the envelope itself because of the shift that occurs inside. You already know this to be true by instinct. Isn’t that why you wrap the excess packaging of an oversized envelope around the contents and then tape it down? It doesn’t look pretty, but you don’t care about first impressions, do you?
-Sari McConnell at email@example.com