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Subject: How can you tell how many stamps?
Date Posted: 6/7/2009 1:13 PM ET
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How can you tell how many stamps to use?

Date Posted: 6/7/2009 2:07 PM ET
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When you print off a mailing label, it will have the amount of postage printed in the top right corner. This is based on the weight of the book that is recorded in the system. Before you print the mailing label, you also have the option to change the weight, if you're mailing multiple books together, or are using heavier than normal packing or something. In my experience, the amount of postage that's printed by default has pretty much always been accurate if the book is just wrapped in the two-page wrapper or put in a manila envelope.
Date Posted: 6/7/2009 3:47 PM ET
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Pay attention to the weight that PBS has when printing the lable. I frequently find that the weight is off by enough to adjust the postage amount.

 

Subject: PBS weight
Date Posted: 6/7/2009 7:12 PM ET
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I was at the post ofice with a book that said it needed 2.77 postage.  the scale in the lobby said it was 15.7 oz and needed 2.38 so there was a difference of one extra stamp.  I just have my clerk check.  Of course it only matters when over 13 oz.

Date Posted: 6/7/2009 9:35 PM ET
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Of course it only matters when over 13 oz. - Actually, under 8 ounces - FC will be cheaper than MM and FC changes at every ounce. Once its over 8 oz it will go Media Mail and those rates change at every pound.

If the package is over 13 oz and you are only using stamps, make sure to take it to the counter at the post office, you cannot just drop those in a mail box, blue box, or mail slot they have to go to the counter.

Date Posted: 6/10/2009 12:33 PM ET
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Good explaination Melanie.  I have a rate chart from the post office, they should also be available online :-) 

Date Posted: 3/14/2010 8:49 PM ET
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I have a weight chart and weigh my books at work which has a postage scale. The PBS amount is almost always different than what I come up with.

Date Posted: 3/16/2010 11:04 AM ET
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Kati, why are you digging up these really old discussion threads?  By all means, read them if you like but we finished discussing them 8 months ago and don't particularly want to sort through them again for no reason.