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Subject: Amazon's shipping weight info on books.
Date Posted: 1/27/2009 8:04 PM ET
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I wanted to start using printable postage and I know using a postage scale is really the way to go, but I don't want to waste the money getting one.  I was wondering if you think the that the shipping weight info on Amazon is correct.  I was thinking of just adding the weight info in multiple book orders or deals and figure it out that way.   I hope i'm making sense. 

 

Melissa

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 8:07 PM ET
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I can't say it enough--get a scale!  The savings in postage will pay for the scale.  No guessing.  For light stuff, all you need is a food scale which you can get at any discount store for less than $5.  You don't have to buy a fancy postal scale.  ANY scale that weighs accurately will work.  Look at second hand stores, I bet you can find something.

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 8:56 PM ET
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I've found PBS weight to be pretty accurate so I just use that unless it looks way off, like someone misplaced a decimial, which did happen once.

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 9:39 PM ET
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I recently was sending a book (paperback) that weighed slightly over a pound.  Both PBS & Amason said it weighed 4lbs!  I always check. 

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 10:15 PM ET
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I find that the PBS weight is wrong, more often than not.  I always compare it to what I actually get on my scale and it's not right a lot of the time.

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 10:18 PM ET
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When I'm sending a couple books together, for a deal or a game or whatever, I use the Amazon weight.  I haven't had a problem yet,  could be paying too much but I don't think so.  If the rate looked crazy I'd go to the PO, but it's good so far.

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 10:21 PM ET
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Date Posted: 1/27/2009 10:57 PM ET
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I have a food scale that goes up to (I think) 5 pounds -- I really recommend one! Mine was under $10. Well worth it! I use it for books, but also for letters that may be overweight, and sometimes even food!
Date Posted: 1/28/2009 7:43 AM ET
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I've found on PBS that the weight on books has been off quite a bit lately. If I hadn't checked it myself, I would have had either a lot more postage than necessary or not enough. Get a scale and safe yourself problems down the road.

Date Posted: 1/28/2009 8:08 AM ET
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Get a scale.  PBS & Amazon weights are incorrect more times than they are correct. 

Date Posted: 1/28/2009 1:00 PM ET
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Assumption, but because Amazon has the best book data out there, it's very possible PBS is using their book weight data.

Date Posted: 1/28/2009 2:43 PM ET
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The only answer to this question is Get a scale! You won't regret it and it will pay for itself.  I find I use it for my own personal mailings all the time  (hmm, should I put one stamp or two on this thick envelope?") -- just a nice thing to have and you needn't spend a fortune. I find that the PBS weights are often off enough that you would be spending too much on postage and that DOES add up.