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Subject: According to the USPS.....
Date Posted: 10/6/2010 12:09 PM ET
Member Since: 9/26/2010
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I have a book that weighs in at 17.5 ounces. I know in the real world this would be a little over a pound. But how many ounces make a pound according to the USPS?   Also, this is the weight BEFORE being wrapped up. Do you have to know the weight of the book before you print out the wrapper?

 

Thank you for being so patient and for any information you can give.

Date Posted: 10/6/2010 2:32 PM ET
Member Since: 8/28/2008
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Cozy-creek,

But how many ounces make a pound according to the USPS? 16 ounces make a pound to the USPS.

Do you have to know the weight of the book before you print out the wrapper? Yes, it would be a good idea to know the weight of the book before you print out the wrapper.  If you are using PBS postage you put in how much a book weighs and that determines how much postage you pay.  Media mail goes by pounds so for your 17.5 ounce book you would pay for 2 lbs media mail.  If you will be buying postage from USPS let them weigh you package and they will give you the proper stamp.  Don't be dependant on PBS to know the weight of the book they have the wrong weight many times. 

Date Posted: 10/6/2010 3:03 PM ET
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Ok, thank you. I thought it was right but just wanted to make sure.

Date Posted: 10/11/2010 11:27 PM ET
Member Since: 1/19/2009
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As one who works at the PO, a pound is 16 ounces, but 17 ounces is 2 pounds. It's always rounded up. Arica is correct-media mail is priced by the pound, not the ounce.