Discussion Forums - USPS Postal Regulations USPS Postal Regulations

Topic: How much does it cost?

Club rule - Please, if you cannot be courteous and respectful, do not post in this forum.
  Unlock Forum posting with Annual Membership.
Subject: How much does it cost?
Date Posted: 5/10/2011 5:04 PM ET
Member Since: 9/4/2010
Posts: 249
Back To Top

I am ordering 8 hardback books from someone, each book is only about 190 pages. I was curious because media mail gives you a better deal when you ship books and i heard that when you send more books together shipping could be a little cheaper, but I was curious on how much something like this would cost for shipping? One small hardback through media mail should be somewhere around $2.77 or something I am guessing.

Date Posted: 5/10/2011 6:47 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
Posts: 15,209
Back To Top

Here are the current media mail rates. My guess is that 8 standard size 190pg hardcovers would probably land in the $4.46-$5.26 range.


Current USPS Media Mail rates*:
  Effective April 17, 2011

To see the full list of Media Mail Rates at USPS, go here.

Up to 1 pound.......................................$2.41
More than 1 pound, less than 2 pounds....... 2.82
More than 2 pounds, less than 3 pounds..... 3.23
More than 3 pounds, less than 4 pounds..... 3.64
More than 4 pounds, less than 5 pounds.....4.05
More than 5 pounds, less than 6 pounds.....4.46
More than 6 pounds, less than 7 pounds.....4.87
More than 7 pounds, less than 8 pounds.....5.26
More than 8 pounds, less than 9 pounds..... 5.65
More than 9 pounds, less than 10 pounds....6.04

mistie -
Date Posted: 5/10/2011 8:02 PM ET
Member Since: 9/27/2007
Posts: 2,024
Back To Top

If you are ordering 8 hardbacks from the same member, and they are not wishlisted books, you may want to consider asking if they would consider giving you a deal - since they will be saving so much on shipping - maybe they would give you 8 books for 6 credits, or similar - it can't hurt to PM and ask.


Date Posted: 5/10/2011 10:41 PM ET
Member Since: 9/4/2010
Posts: 249
Back To Top

Mistie, the deal I am getting is 8 books for 4 credits, I am pretty excited about it. I am getting a whole series. Thanks for the media prices Melanie, I was feeling a little bad because I thought that she would have to spend so much money on the shipping for that many books. I don't feel so bad now. Thanks for all the info :)

Date Posted: 5/12/2011 3:27 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
Posts: 26,510
Back To Top

If she was smart, she figured out what shipping would be before she accepted the deal. Or she maybe jsut doesnt' care and wants them out of her house. 

Date Posted: 5/30/2011 2:05 PM ET
Member Since: 9/11/2005
Posts: 905
Back To Top

A much simpler way to figure out what the MM rate is for large/heavy packages is to weigh the package yourself, (figuring 2 lb. 10 oz as 3 lbs.)subtract one pound and multiply the remainder by 41c and add $2.41 for the grand total.  i.e. the rate is $2.41 for up to 1 lb. and 41c for each pound or fraction above that.  Thus an 8 pound package of books (or between 7 and 8 pounds) would be 41c X 7 ($2.87) plus $2.41 for the first pound for a total of $5.28.  If this seems cumbersome, it really isn't after you have the concept in mind.  I do this all the time and the postal clerks are often amazed that I have the right amount of postage on a package.  (usually in stamps which creates another discussion entirely)

The above is only true up to 7 lbs. and above that the rate is 39c per pound, not 41c.  Why they came up with this combination, I have no idea!!

If you order a bunch of books from me (and I'll probably give you a deal if you do) you will find this concept illustrated in practice.

Last Edited on: 6/16/11 11:15 PM ET - Total times edited: 1