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Subject: How many stamps should I put?
Date Posted: 3/6/2012 5:41 PM ET
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Hello All- I had a book requested off of my shelf today. The Red Pony by John Steinbeck. Because the book is so light I found it a waste to make a trip to the PO so I decided to send it with stamps. I tried finding the weight through PBS when I printed the wrapper, but it showed up as 1 lb, which it is definetely not. My question is have you found the book weights on Amazon to be accurate? I looked and it listed the shipping weight as 1.6 oz. If this is the truth, how many stamps would you put? I need to get a scale badly! Thanks for any input!
Date Posted: 3/6/2012 5:57 PM ET
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You can look it up on the post office website. 

Date Posted: 3/6/2012 5:59 PM ET
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There is a chart in the PBS Help Center.  Current Postal Rates

(I print the chart out to use, even take it with me to use with the APC machines.)



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Date Posted: 3/6/2012 6:50 PM ET
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one to three ounces is $1.95. As long as you're sure it's under 3 oz.

Date Posted: 3/7/2012 12:37 AM ET
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Under 7 oz. is actually cheaper to use the First Class rate.

Date Posted: 3/7/2012 5:13 AM ET
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I recommend finding a way to weigh it.   If you're going to apply postage at home, you really need a scale.

Date Posted: 3/7/2012 3:27 PM ET
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I would suggest investing in a postal scale! I just recently bought one & it's great! I wish I'd gotten one sooner.

Subject: I put four Forever stamps..I think that should be enough
Date Posted: 3/7/2012 8:44 PM ET
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Date Posted: 3/7/2012 9:06 PM ET
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Forever stamps, worth .46 now?

   .46
    X4
$1.84

What rate are you using, is that enough postage for your weight?
 

Subject: I sent mine letter rate and put four stamps. The book said it was 1.6 oz on
Date Posted: 3/7/2012 9:09 PM ET
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Date Posted: 3/7/2012 9:54 PM ET
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The correct postage would have been $1.95 according to the post office postage calcutator.  I small package cannot be sent letter rate. Even a very thin book should fall under the large envelope or small package rate.  Maybe if it's thin enough it won't have an issue. 

It came up as .85 for an envelope containing a rigit object. But I think that just means a standard sized envelope.

Over 1/4" thick would take it out of the envelope category.

(One of my jobs at work is dealing with mailing-catalogs, price lists, brochures etc..., )

Subject: It may just get kicked back to my mailbox and I will add more postage
Date Posted: 3/7/2012 10:02 PM ET
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Date Posted: 3/13/2012 10:02 PM ET
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I found a pretty decent digital kitchen scale in Target for about $20. I can use it to measure my portions when I'm attempting to watch my weight and use it to weigh my books and it's accurate to tenths of ounces. For that size book you'd probably be good with about 5 stamps. I find a standard length MMPB takes about 6 regular Forever, or 46-cent stamps.

Subject: It made it safely with four stamps! I will be aure to invest in a scale nex
Date Posted: 3/13/2012 10:06 PM ET
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