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Subject: Buying postage off usps.com?
Date Posted: 9/23/2014 11:43 PM ET
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Has anyone done the postage off usps.com I was on there the other day and saw you can do that. Do they charge extra for that service? The only thing I could figure out was you had to have an account on there. Does anyone have any idea how that works?

Date Posted: 9/24/2014 7:15 AM ET
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there is a very small postage charge, I think it is something like 1.25 per order

Date Posted: 9/24/2014 12:00 PM ET
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Oh ok. So for something really large and heavy it would be worth it.

Date Posted: 9/24/2014 2:40 PM ET
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At work we send Priority packages (using the legal size tyvek packages with bound 8x11 size reports inside, no limit on weight, just has to fit). I print the label and the postage is included. We only do a few a month and we get a discount rate of $5.25 to ship anywhere in the country, no fee at all. We've also just bought stamps and they are just the regular price of whatever size/quantity we get; they're delivered directly by our mail carrier.

Date Posted: 9/24/2014 3:49 PM ET
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oh, wait, Linda's answer made me think I misread your question. If you are buying actually stamps that they will have to mail to you there is a nominal fee, if you are buying postage for a package that you will print on your printer, there is no fee, and you actually get a discount over the retail price.

Scott (scalta) - ,
Date Posted: 9/24/2014 10:31 PM ET
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Printable postage from USPS.com is given at a discounted rate compared to going to the post office and buying postage.  There is also a program you can download to your computer for your postal needs.

mistie -
Date Posted: 9/25/2014 4:39 PM ET
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You can also purchase postage from paypal.com, and some of it is at a discounted rate that over the counter at the post office. I particularly lik eit since DC for first class packages is free (compare to 95c (?) over the counter).


Date Posted: 9/26/2014 1:42 PM ET
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I order stamps from usps.com.    I will order several sets at a time.   The 1.25 delivery charge is worth while, as our Post Office has a long line.

I also print my priority mail label and postage at the website. 

Date Posted: 10/1/2014 6:13 PM ET
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If you're just trying to avoid the line at the post office, a lot of other places carry postage stamps too. I frequently buy books of stamps at the grocery store (Publix here) or at Walgreens. I just ask at the register while I'm doing my other errands, and buy them there.

Date Posted: 10/4/2014 9:49 AM ET
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OK, You can't purchase Media Mail only priority mail at USPS.com for which you do get a discount with an account.  Good deal when you are sending priority.  Paypal's multiorder shipping is not working at this time.  Option is PBS postage.

Date Posted: 10/4/2014 11:32 AM ET
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I mailed a first class package last week with Paypal shipping.  I used Paypalshipping.com.

They changed the website and it's harder to find multiorder shipping but it's still there.

Years ago the post office delivered stamps for free.  Just send the order form with a check.  

Now I buy stamps at the APC kiosk at the PO or from the counter.  I like the APC because it's open 24/7. 

I have never understood why you cannot buy firstclass or media mail online from USPS.  

Also why do some postal workers seem annoyed when you bring in a package with online postage.  Don't they get credit for processing the mail?

I just mail from my mailbox now, works for me.





Last Edited on: 10/4/14 11:38 AM ET - Total times edited: 3
Date Posted: 10/4/2014 11:56 AM ET
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I'm not sure what multiorder shipping is, but when I want to print a postage label from paypal, I go to www.paypal.com/shipnow.  If you just remember to put shipnow after the address it will take you to where you can print a label using whichever class you choose.


I don't know why USPS only will let you print labels for Express or Priority.  But they do have a desktop application you can download that will let you do it:  Click-N-Ship for Business.  Information and download link here:  https://www.usps.com/business/click-n-ship-for-business.htm

Date Posted: 10/5/2014 10:30 AM ET
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I found the new way to get to Paypal shipping as someone sent a link in the Paypal forums before I read the links Valerie and Diane posted.  Thank you!  I used to use Click-n-ship but it required a separate label printer for the postage part which I don't have and didn't want to buy so I would print the shipping part on my regular printer and buy postage at the post office.  You got discounted Delivery Confirmation if you did that. Not sure if you still need a separate label printer for the postage.  As far as Valerie's comment goes about postal workers being annoyed about prepaid, mine are just the opposite.  They love taking yours in, printing the receipt and sending you on your way so they can get to the next customer quicker.


Last Edited on: 10/5/14 10:33 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/7/2014 3:19 AM ET
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The Tyvek envelopes are NOT flat rate, they ship by weight. $5.25 is the online price for the legal FREs which are a wider version of the standard flat rate envelopes. 

There is no fee to purchase a shipping label for a package online. It is ALWAYS cheaper than doing it at the Post Office, except for media mail (same price) but if you want tracking that is cheaper online. 

Last Edited on: 10/7/14 3:20 AM ET - Total times edited: 1