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Subject: cost of media mail and use of mail scale
Date Posted: 5/1/2011 7:53 PM ET
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I bought a digital scale to try to more accurately stamp my books going out. I tried to look up costs with the USPS link posted above (thanks!).

Media rates say up to 1 LB $2.41 , up to 2 LB $2.82 , up to 3LB $3.23   ...... and on

Nowhere does it give the cost of extra ounces. I thought that was part of the equation and why I bought the digital scale.

My question is -  are prices just this flat rate by pound? I use PBC DC, just add an extra $.19?

Thanks for any help.

Last Edited on: 5/1/11 11:17 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 5/1/2011 10:46 PM ET
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Yes Media Mail goes by the pound. First Class goes by the ounce.

Date Posted: 5/1/2011 11:19 PM ET
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Ahhhh!  So the scale will help with the little ones (first class). Thanks so much, Cathy.

Date Posted: 5/2/2011 6:47 PM ET
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Media mail rates are for "UP TO" the pound, so if you weigh in at 1lb 1 oz the package has to go at the 2 lb rate, everything rounds up.

Date Posted: 5/2/2011 7:47 PM ET
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With "first class parcel" rate, it is cheaper to use this rate up to 7 oz.  That DOES go by ounces, and 6 to 7 oz. is $2.39,  5 to 6 oz. is $ 2.22, 4 to 5 oz. is $2..05 ( they go up or down by 17c per oz. whereas above 1 lb., the media rate goes up by 41c per pound.  I have found that the estimated postage that PBS provides is VERY OFTEN incorrect, may be too much or too little, so I weigh EVERYTHING and put more or less postage oon stuff that I send out.

Date Posted: 5/2/2011 9:37 PM ET
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Date Posted: 5/3/2011 3:27 PM ET
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When you go to print out a wrapper, you can imput the pound/ounces and it will tell you the price.