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Subject: was informed at the post office..
Date Posted: 5/31/2008 4:23 PM ET
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So I mailed out books today and as she was scanning the DC's she tells me that one of the books was to thin. That I could not send it with the PBS postage and DC because it did not meet parcel standards. So She then tells me it must be at least 3/4 of an inch thick. Has anyone else had this issue?

Date Posted: 5/31/2008 4:31 PM ET
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I've heard the rule before. I don't usually have books that thin so it doesn't come up.

Date Posted: 5/31/2008 4:50 PM ET
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Yup if it is too thin it has to go first class and first class doesn't have DC available.

Date Posted: 5/31/2008 4:57 PM ET
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You can get DC on First Class mail, it just has to be 3/4 of an inch thick.

Date Posted: 5/31/2008 5:47 PM ET
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You can get around this by making sure the package is stiff (insert some cardboard) or plumping it up with something that doesn't weigh much like a packing peanut.

Date Posted: 5/31/2008 7:14 PM ET
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Thats a great idea Melanie, I will keep that in mind for the future. It was a childrens book and Ive never sent any books that small. I normally have large heavy books. So when it happened I was just standing there like a deer in the head lights. Of course she was making such a seen about it, I had people looking at me like I was trying to blow up the PO. I just wanted to mail my books lol, oh well I learned something new.

Date Posted: 5/31/2008 10:27 PM ET
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You can use FC or Media with DC but it is supposed to be 3/4" thick. You could also use bubble wrap to make it thicker.

Date Posted: 6/1/2008 11:31 AM ET
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You can also send an extra book to make the package larger.  I am doing that with a WL book I am mailing.  I don this every once in a while just for no reason.          

Date Posted: 6/1/2008 12:37 PM ET
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I used a bubble mailer when I had one that thin to mail and it went out just fine.

Date Posted: 6/1/2008 1:34 PM ET
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I always send my thin paperbacks first class anyhow ... it's cheaper.

Date Posted: 6/1/2008 4:22 PM ET
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I just recently had this problem, too.  No big deal, I just wish I had remembered the 3/4 in. regulation before I sealed the envelope.  Even the postal work said next time to just put a piece of cardboard in the envelope.