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Subject: Including greeting card with book?
Date Posted: 9/26/2009 4:43 PM ET
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I know that a greeting card is considered First Class and cannot be sent Media Mail. If I'm sending a book, however, and want to include a card, is there a way to combine postage, that is, pay 44 cents for the card and Media Mail for the book -- but wrap everything together? Where does the First class stamp go? Or do I tell the post office and have them mark it accordingly?

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Date Posted: 9/26/2009 6:16 PM ET
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Nope you'd have to send the whole thing media mail-if it's wrapped together then they can't give the card 1st class service and the book media mail service. 



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Date Posted: 9/26/2009 8:45 PM ET
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I know the whole thing will travel by Media Mail (and I'm OK with that)  but is it sufficient to just pay an extra 44 cents for the card and not have to pay First Class for the whole thing? I wouldn't want to risk sending the whole thing Media Mail, having it opened and then having it kicked back to me.

Date Posted: 9/27/2009 1:15 AM ET
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No, because the rules say "No enclosures (such as your card)".

I understand your logic (which is logical), but the P. O. would see it as "For the same cost, just send the card separately". Assuming this were a one-shot special occasion, and the book weighed, say, under 10 oz or so, I'd send the package first class with card enclosed.

Date Posted: 9/28/2009 1:11 AM ET
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I've heard rumors there's a way to do it, but nothing authoratative.  Best bet is to ask your post office.

Date Posted: 9/28/2009 3:46 PM ET
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I would think if you put the stamp on the card and then inserted it that any inspector would let it go since you did pay for the higher service even though you didn't get it. Might want to ask at your PO to see though. I think this is the part of DMM 343 that would allow this:

2.5.3 Nonincidental First-Class Mail Enclosures

Letters or other pieces of nonincidental First-Class Mail, subject to postage at First-Class Mail prices, may be enclosed with Standard Mail pieces (except matter mailed as Customized MarketMail under 705.1.0). Postage for the First-Class Mail enclosure must be placed on the outside of the piece. It may be affixed separately or added to the postage for the host piece. The endorsement "First-Class Mail Enclosed" must be placed on the piece, below the postage and above the address.

I pondered this too when I was sending some LP books to grandma and wanted to include a card but I opted to leave it out and mail separately.

Date Posted: 9/28/2009 7:42 PM ET
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Thanks for all the ideas/suggestions/advice. I ended up doing it as a general First class parcel post since it wasn't too expensive to send that way and was a gift. For an extra dollar or two I figured I was better safe than sorry. I was tempted to do what Melanie suggested, but then, since I used an APC, I couldn't ask, so I just went and bought the Parcel Post rate.

Date Posted: 9/28/2009 7:43 PM ET
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ETA: Oops!  I hit something and this entry posted as a blank post. Don't know why!



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