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Subject: Help? First Class or Media Mail??
Date Posted: 9/5/2007 3:09 PM ET
Member Since: 9/1/2007
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I just printed a label with PSB DC only (did not opt for PSB postage) and the label printed in the "Attach Stamps Here" box as Media Mail $x.xx but in the lower right hand corner where it used to print USPS MEDIAL MAIL in gray-shaded letters, it printed FIRST CLASS.

Is this a glitch?

Or is the system telling me I have to mail it First Class now?

Confused newbie!  Please help.

Thanks ~

 

Date Posted: 9/5/2007 3:12 PM ET
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If the package is light enough (6 or 7 oz or below), it's actually cheaper to send it First Class than to send it Media Mail.

Editing to add:  If your package is 7 oz, it costs $2.15 to mail via First Class.  Only 2 cents more than Media Mail.  Anything 6 oz or less, is cheaper to send via First Class Mail.



Last Edited on: 9/5/07 3:14 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/5/2007 3:15 PM ET
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Thanks!!

Date Posted: 9/5/2007 9:15 PM ET
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I was going to ask a similar question. Except I did print the postage, first timer.  My package says first class and postage is .02 cents more than usual. I know it is only .02 cents, but seems like a little glitch to be looked into.

Sara

Date Posted: 9/5/2007 10:02 PM ET
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Not a glitch, Keith. See Sara's post. If your package is 7 oz, it costs $2.15 to mail via First Class.  Only 2 cents more than Media Mail.  Anything 6 oz or less, is cheaper to send via First Class Mail.

ETA Sara's post!



Last Edited on: 9/5/07 10:19 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/6/2007 12:43 PM ET
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My post office told me I couldn't ship books first class anymore even if they are under 7 oz. They said almost all books are too big dimensionally to qualify for first class anymore - MMPBs are too thick and picture books are too long/wide. My PM gave me a cardboard form to fit my packages through - if they don't fit, on any dimension, they can't go first class.

Date Posted: 9/6/2007 1:19 PM ET
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Sounds like a mix up between first class letter rate and first class parcel rate on your PO end, Bren.

Date Posted: 9/6/2007 2:35 PM ET
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sounds odd to me Bren.  I have mailed many a book first class package and haven't had any problems.  of course I use the APC and don't go up to the desk since I am usually there before or after their operation times

Date Posted: 9/6/2007 8:21 PM ET
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I'm with Connie on this Bren.  First Class letter, First Class large envelope, and First Class Parcel are the three first class catagories now.  Most books won't make it as a letter but as a parcel, no problems as long as it is under 13 oz in weight.  There are even some books that will qualify as First Class large envelope depending on how they are packaged.

Your PM is mixed up or perhaps not properly trained.

Date Posted: 9/13/2007 11:49 AM ET
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Most of my cozy books are sent first class parcel these days and I've never had one returned.  Definitely sounds like Bren's PM is confusing the different categories.