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Subject: Current cost for mailing books?
Date Posted: 1/26/2008 9:58 AM ET
Member Since: 8/7/2007
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Lately I have seen a jump in the price for mailing books.  Did I miss the postal increase or something?

Most of my books have been costing me at least $3.00 to mail.  I do use Media Mail most of the time.  I use paypal postage (I know it cost $0.18 to print the label).

Date Posted: 1/26/2008 10:11 AM ET
Member Since: 2/2/2006
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I mailed one about 10 days ago and it was the same price as before. It was a standard mass market paperback. So I haven't noticed an increase, but I don't mail a lot of books any more.

I miss the days of $1.59 media mail. I remember mailing small paperbacks for less than a dollar 2 years ago.


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Last Edited on: 1/26/08 10:12 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/26/2008 10:27 AM ET
Member Since: 4/2/2007
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I just recently received 2 books from the same set on the same day... so they were the same weight. Both books were sent first class. One had $1.65 on it and the other had $2.33. Both were PBS labels with DC. Each came from a different state but equally far away from me. I find that very interesting. 

Date Posted: 1/26/2008 10:50 AM ET
Member Since: 1/1/2006
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When using the printable postage, you have to be VERY aware of the weight they have typed in.  Same with the regular wrappers.  I highly recommend that you be informed and weigh your books, with wrappings.  I just mailed Plum Lucky.  If I went by the wrapper, this was a 3 pound book.  That would have cost me $2.81 for media mail.  Close to $3 if I used the printable postage.  But, if you have ever seen the book, you would know that it weighs nothing close to 3 pounds.  As a matter of fact, it weighs 13 oz.  Or $2.13 in postage.

You have to be very careful and watchful of those numbers.



Date Posted: 1/26/2008 11:52 AM ET
Member Since: 8/7/2007
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I have a scale and always check the actual weight before buying the postage. 

Date Posted: 1/26/2008 12:26 PM ET
Member Since: 1/15/2008
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The good news is that first class sometimes costs less than media mail (or just a couple cents more) when mailing a mass market paperback or a cd/dvd. I go for 1st class in that situation...item arrives faster and the customer is extra appreciative. But the hard covers and larger paperbacks have risen significantly. Blame it on the rise in fuel costs. Almost every bill I get has a fuel surcharge now...I'm surprised I don't see "fuel surcharge" on Visa bills soon. Haha

Date Posted: 1/26/2008 1:57 PM ET
Member Since: 5/18/2007
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No, no increase since spring of last year.  I mail pretty regularly - at least four a week unless I'm doing a deal and then it's a lot more. The last time something cost me $3 was when I mailed a box of books to someone a couple weeks ago. That was a bit over $3. The rest are under $2.50 for one, two, or three books - and than includes the DC.

The last postal increase (they have to announce it - they just can't raise the rates) was just before I joined and I joined last May so no increases since then.

Last Edited on: 1/26/08 1:57 PM ET - Total times edited: 1