September 18, 2009

Snailmailr – Traditional Mail Done Untraditionally


Soon after the launch of the commercialized internet, typical USPS mail was nicknamed “Snail Mail” because it took exponentially longer to reach its destination than email. Snail mail has since been used much less, but every once in a while you’ll find a reason to go find your stamps. Now, Snailmailr will do all the dirty work for you.

Open up the Snailmailr website and it’s inherently clear what they’re all about. There’s an envelope, and they ask for your return address and the address you’d like to send it to. After those fields are completed, click on the step 2 button and write your letter. Next, verify and pay. It’s that easy!

If you’re worried about the environment, don’t be. Snailmailr understands that it’s not as “green” as email but does use “quality recycled paper and offsets emissions with carbon credits.”

No more paper cuts, bad tasting glue or buying a sheet of stamps just to get one letter mailed: with Snailmailr, just type, verify, and send.

Practical Uses:

  • Send a hard copy of your resume to an employer instead of adding to the clutter of their email inbox
  • Say hello to your technophobe in the family by using the method they’re accustomed to

Insider Tips:

  • If you don’t want them to advertise on your envelope, no big deal: just click the logo and pay the extra $0.15
  • Letters are mailed within 24 hours, which can be verified on the letter’s confirmation page
  • Payments are made using an account

What we liked:

  • Printing over four pages costs just an extra $0.10 a page
  • The price is to send mail internationally, not just within the continental 48
  • Use of high-quality laser printers to ensure the best quality of your letter

What we didn’t like:

  • Guaranteed same-day processing isn’t an option
  • No way to simply attach a file to be printed and sent


Company Info:

  • Launched: 2008
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: San Francisco, California
  • Founded by:
  • Web site:


  • 1-4 pages is $1.00
  • Add $0.10 per additional page, and $0.15 to remove the Snailmailr logo.


  1. Thanks for the review. Any thoughts on which service is overall “best” for occasional letters?

    • Hi Mike, I’d say Postful is my preference and their pricing is reasonable.

  2. Hi I tried Snailmair and it seems to be down. Has anyone tried Notes To Friends seems to be similar to snailmailr in that you can send letters online. Send a letter online

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