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Topic: F C & Media Mail Prices Showing Incorrect On Wrappers

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Subject: F C & Media Mail Prices Showing Incorrect On Wrappers
Date Posted: 9/8/2007 9:46 AM ET
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I printed a wrapper yesterday that showed First Class instd of Media Mil. I figured it was something new as I don't follow all the " WHATS NEW"  memos. lol 
It said $1.98 on wrapper. When I went to the post office...the cost was $2.13 FC. Now, this doesn't bother me, I knew by the weight of the book it wouldn't be $1.98. But someone here is going to complain about that.

Date Posted: 9/8/2007 11:46 AM ET
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Yes, you are so right.  I just printed out my first wrapper this morning since the change.  I opted to send without DC,  apply my own postage, and send it first class.

PBS estimated the mass market paperback I was mailing to be 5.4 oz.  I weighed the book on my Royal Digital Postal scale and the weight showed to be 6.2 oz. which I then entered into the space provided on the Print Wrapper page.  The current postal rate chart says the postage should be $1.82.  However, the wrapper showed the postage fee to be $1.98.   Well, I put $1.98 on it and mailed it this morning from my own mailbox.

The postal rate chart that came with my new digital scale says this are the current rates, effective date May 14, 2007.

I certainly hope that I haven't put insufficient postage on my book.  I suppose I should have just taken it to the post office, had them weigh it and compare their postage fee with what I had determined it to be with the use of my scale and my chart.

 

Date Posted: 9/8/2007 11:55 AM ET
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Jan, here's the first class rates from the Domestic Mail Manual (parcel rate):

weight (not over) 1oz.        1.13

                               2 oz        1.30

                               3 oz        1.47

                               4 oz        1.64

                                5 oz       1.81

                                 6 oz       1.98

                                 7 oz       2.15

 

The 1.82 listed on your chart is for a single piece 'flat'--books don't qualify for this classification.

 

ET correct formatting!

 



Last Edited on: 9/8/07 12:01 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/8/2007 12:09 PM ET
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And here's a link to the Domestic Mail Manual for Retail Rates: http://pe.usps.gov/text/dmm300/100_tab.htm

Date Posted: 9/8/2007 2:26 PM ET
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Connie,

Thanks for the help.  I printed that info in the link you provided so I can have it handy.  I'd better pm the requestor of that book in case it reaches her with a postage-due request.

Jan

Date Posted: 9/8/2007 2:46 PM ET
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You're welcome, Jan!

Date Posted: 9/8/2007 4:05 PM ET
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I just printed 2 more wrappers and It is allowing me to change the weight from what PBS says to what my scale says.
It didn't give me that option yesterday. Much better. :) I would hate to have a book arrive with postage due.

Date Posted: 9/13/2007 6:45 PM ET
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You can change the weight, but the suggested stamp total still might give you a wrong amount.

Date Posted: 9/14/2007 6:55 PM ET
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Is there anyway to get the system to print the wrapper with "media mail" instead of "first class"???  I've just printed two wrappers and both of them say "first class".  I don't have a scale, but both of the books are thick and I know they're over 7 ounces.  Is there a way to make it "media mail"?

Date Posted: 9/14/2007 8:24 PM ET
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Robin, just change the wait of the book to, say, 13oz.  That will change it to Media Mail.  You can even put 15 oz in.  If you want to use media mail all the time, just change the weight of the book.