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Subject: Is library & Media mail the same ?
Date Posted: 11/2/2016 1:43 PM ET
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I always mail my books from one of the mail places at my grocery store. Normally , I say Media mail and pay $2.61 ,  this time they had a new worker and he said " Lets see if we can find a cheaper rate to mail...I'm like okay...lol.. So he did it Library mail and it cost $2.48...I got thinking after ,should I have done that or not.  What is the difference?

Date Posted: 11/2/2016 2:52 PM ET
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If I remember correctly, either the sender or receiver must be a library to legitimately use library mail. Use media mail, avoid potential problems.

Date Posted: 11/2/2016 3:10 PM ET
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Yes, you cannot use Library Mail.

Either the sender or the receiver must be a library.

Date Posted: 11/2/2016 3:35 PM ET
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oh ,no . they did not tell me that.     I wonder what will happen with those books?



Last Edited on: 11/2/16 3:36 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/2/2016 4:49 PM ET
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The worst would be the recipient would be charged 13 cents postage due, refuse to pay it, and it would get returned to you.

I doubt if anyone is paying that much attention, though.

Date Posted: 11/2/2016 7:02 PM ET
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I had the same problem at Meijer. One employee kept trying to send my books Library rate instead of Media Mail and was quite condescending when I tried to explain that Library rate was for libraries only. Finally had to get the manager to explain to this woman that I was not an idiot and that Media Mail was the correct rate. 

Date Posted: 11/3/2016 3:00 PM ET
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Sandy

That is where I went " Meijer"    I always shop there when I need to mail books, otherwise I shop at Walmart. because Walmart does not have a mailing station..

Date Posted: 11/3/2016 5:48 PM ET
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Library rate is meant to be used to or from non profits.  We want Media rate.

For the DMM code: The items described in this section may be mailed at the Library Mail rate when sent between: (1) schools, colleges, universities, public libraries, museums, and herbariums and nonprofit religious, educational, scientific, philanthropic (charitable), agricultural, labor, veterans, and fraternal organizations or associations; (2) any such institution, organization, or association and an individual who has no financial interest in the sale, promotion, or distribution of the materials; or (3) any such institution, organization, or association and a publisher, if such institution, organization, or association has placed an order to buy such materials for delivery to itself:

 

Date Posted: 11/3/2016 7:01 PM ET
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winkThanks for explaining it like that  ( Emily )  and everyone.   Well , 2 of of the 3 packages sent have been received. The second one just now. Just waiting on the last one. On the tracking it says its at the post office in the city where it needs to be.  Hopefully it will be received tomorrow. Now that I know  NOT to do that... ( it seemed to work out this time...lucky..)   I'll always mail media.And I can let them know at Meijer's that its not for PBS books. 



Last Edited on: 11/3/16 7:08 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 11/4/2016 12:34 PM ET
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The last book was received...

Date Posted: 11/5/2016 12:52 AM ET
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I have a Little Free Library.   I can both send and receive mail using the library rate.  

It is not intended for personal use. 

Date Posted: 11/22/2016 6:47 PM ET
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thats nice