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Subject: Big square ink hole . . .
Date Posted: 1/21/2010 6:30 PM ET
Member Since: 10/27/2005
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Is it necessary, when using the printed postage option to have the big, square space that takes up all that ink? It looks like a useless waste of ink, no coding that I can see. What is the purpose, if you know.

Thank you,


Briana -
Date Posted: 1/21/2010 7:47 PM ET
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Last Edited on: 3/5/12 9:43 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/21/2010 8:50 PM ET
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What is the black box next to the postage square on the wrapper?  Can I choose NOT to print that?

  • The black box indicates non-First Class Mail rate, and is also required by USPS.  There is no option not to print it on the wrapper if you are sending a package by Media Mail rate.
  • If you are concerned about the amount of ink the black box uses, you should print your wrappers with Draft Quality, which uses less ink.
  • First-Class wrappers will print without the black box.
Date Posted: 1/21/2010 10:26 PM ET
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It's my understanding, that PBS electronic DC & postage labels are very standardized.  USPS has set certain criteria (for the discount) to make labels standard and easily processed, including size of print, placement of elements, etc.  So I would also be inclined to say the black square is required.

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 1:29 AM ET
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Thank you for all the kind replies.

Nice to know there is a place to come for answers to questions like these.

Buona Notte!