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Subject: DYMO Printed stamps - Can I just mark out "FIRST CLASS" and use for Media?
Date Posted: 4/5/2012 10:28 AM ET
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We just got a DYMO stamp printing machine.  The software only does first class stamps.  Can I just mark out the "FIRST CLASS" words on the stamp and write Media Mail on the package?

Date Posted: 4/5/2012 11:05 AM ET
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No, once you deface a stamp it loses it's value.   You don't have to cross out first class at all.  If you're trying to avoid having to stand in line at the post office and you want to just drop it in the blue collection box,  you can print out the number of first class stamps that you need to equal or surpass the amount of postage you need on the package.  So if the book costs $2.20 to mail Media Mail rate, you can apply 5 first class stamps (equals $2.25 in postage) and apply them to the package.  When you print out the address label for the recipient, it already says Media Mail on it.  (But remember, if the package weighs over 13 oz you have to bring it to the post office to at least receive a cancellation on the stamps or a zero PVI label due to the security measures put in place by homeland security after 9/11).  Hope this helps.

 



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Date Posted: 4/5/2012 1:25 PM ET
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DH takes my books to his office and prints postage for me (he's self employed) on the dymo (love it!) The postage is paid through an account (traceable) so the13 oz rule doesn't apply. I don't think it matters about the 1st class on the stamp because if it says MM on the package and there's not enough for 1st class (but enough for MM) it will go MM.
Date Posted: 4/6/2012 2:39 PM ET
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Unfamiliar with this type of postage, but if it's trackable the 13 oz. rule does not apply. 

Date Posted: 4/9/2012 2:55 PM ET
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The stamps that print out have a bar code.  There are accounts at DYNO and Endica that could be traced to the stamp.

Before this machine, what I had been doing is using the APC machine and the post office and printing a $.22 stamp and then using 5 forever stamps.

This was to let me mail things more than 13 ounces from a blue box.  The APC stamp was traceable, so I was able to mail from the blue box.

However, the APC stamps don't say "First Class".

The DYMO stamps do have "first class" printed on them. (I assume they are trackable due to the accounts/credit card required).  I did take one to the post office and the clerk marked out the First Class and printed out a $0.00 sticker to put on the package.  However, I would like to just cross out the First Price text myself and still use the blue box, but that might not be possible.

Date Posted: 4/9/2012 4:50 PM ET
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According to the DYMO website, they don't support mailing via Media Mail. One of FAQ answers is that if you need other services, that's what paid services like endica are for. So there might not be a way to get the DYMO stamps to not say "First Class." http://sites.dymo.com/Promotions/Pages/Stamps_FAQ.aspx

Or you can ask the PO if you can cross it out yourself and put it into the blue box, or leave the word first class on the stamp but have them understand it's going Media Mail if that is clearly labeled on the package (My pessimistic guess is not.)

 

Date Posted: 4/9/2012 11:37 PM ET
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The stamps that print out have a bar code.  There are accounts at DYNO and Endica that could be traced to the stamp.

Often when there is a bar code or endicium, the class information will be encoded in that in addition to the visible notation. I would say it is probably something that needs to be use unaltered just like a PBS mailing label with paid postage - altering it could void it.

Date Posted: 4/10/2012 12:45 AM ET
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This could be more trixy than the average bear...

Date Posted: 4/13/2012 12:15 AM ET
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(never mind)



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