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Subject: First Class postage cheaper for light books..
Date Posted: 10/24/2009 4:19 AM ET
Member Since: 10/24/2009
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I wanted to share that I mailed a 6oz. paperback via first class mail for $2.06.  Media Mail was $2.38.   Just a heads up to check the cost of 1st class before immediately choosing Media.  I'm new here, so maybe this is already common knowledge.  If so, I apologize for the repeat topic.


Date Posted: 10/24/2009 10:05 AM ET
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Lindsay, in my experience when I mail from the post office, the clerk will tell me if first class is cheaper (or only a few cents more than media mail) so I'm aware of my options.  However, if you print postage from home it's good to know that you should weigh your packages first to make sure you're not overspending on postage.

Date Posted: 10/24/2009 12:24 PM ET
Member Since: 10/24/2009
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Hi Britney,

I do ship from home and weigh my packages.  Thanks for the heads up though.  I hope this topic may save some members money!

Date Posted: 10/25/2009 9:57 PM ET
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Normally if the weight is less than 6 oz. the mailing label will say first class instead of media mail.  It's built into the system.  Of course, the weight the system uses is not always right.

Date Posted: 10/27/2009 10:20 PM ET
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The price break is 7 oz. 

$2.38 media Mail up to 1 lb.
$2.24 First Class not over 7 oz.
$2.41 First Class not over 8 oz.