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Subject: Cost of First Class Mail
Date Posted: 7/31/2008 10:32 AM ET
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Hi, I meter my mail at work, and twice now when PBS suggested using the first class rate, I couldn't get our meter to come up with even near the same number.  For the Grapes of Wrath that I just sent today, I think it suggested about $1.56 for first class.  I think it came up $2.87 on our meter.

So I sent it media for $2.23.  I didn't want to chance it being sent back to me.

Are there errors like that in the system?  My last day of work is today, so I will start printing postage from home.  I want to be relatively sure I can trust the number given by PBS.




Date Posted: 7/31/2008 9:29 PM ET
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I would recommend getting a postal scale for yourself. I have one that weighs up to 5lbs and I think it cost about $20. 

I go by my scale at home since my packaging weighs more then the book alone. If the weight is close to the next size up I go pay a few cents more to be sure there are not problems for the receiver of the book. I'd rather do that then have to run to the PO with 2 kids. LOL.

Date Posted: 8/1/2008 8:09 AM ET
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I meter my mail at work too.  Maybe the discrepancy is between letter, flat, and package rates?

Date Posted: 8/6/2008 8:50 PM ET
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I found a nice digital scale at Target -- Chef Mate, I believe -- that weighs in ounces or grams and goes up to 5 lbs. I think. Works very well.


Subject: weighing books
Date Posted: 8/6/2008 11:30 PM ET
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yes, get yourself a scale and weight your books.  I got mine at Walmart and there is also one availabe in the kisok.

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Date Posted: 8/7/2008 11:01 AM ET
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I would say you absolutely *cannot* trust the number provided by PBS.  It may be correct in many cases, but the percentage of wrong values is quite high.

Date Posted: 8/7/2008 11:26 AM ET
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I did check all three rates, letter, flat, and parcel. 

Thanks,  I will get a scale.  In the meantime I have gone to the post office and I'm happy to report that the workers there are fairly pleasant.  Each time I ask them to please scan the barcode for DC and I tell them that when they do that it will charge me $.18.  I've seen other posts here where the worker argues and refuses to scan it.  Thankfully, that's not the case here!

Date Posted: 8/8/2008 12:48 PM ET
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I noticed it tells me to send mostly Media Mail when First Class is cheaper.

Date Posted: 8/11/2008 8:54 AM ET
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Several times it gave the suggested Media Mail rate as $.2.28 for under a pound when it's $2,23. I always check my rate lists.