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Topic: I looked, but could not find the answer to advertising inside media mail pa

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Subject: I looked, but could not find the answer to advertising inside media mail pa
Date Posted: 10/16/2007 5:04 PM ET
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I asked this in the Questions Forum, but I thought perhaps I could ask here, if that's alright. 

I received a book today and enclosed in the envelope were 13 bookmooch "business cards".  I want to know if this is allowed.  I was reading section 173, I believe, at usps.com, and it almost sounded as if it was alright.  But there seems to be a consensus, on my other thread, that it is not considered media mail and could in fact result in extra postage being attached if the package is opened for inspection.  Is there somewhere else I can look to determine this? 

I am merely curious, and I AM NOT UPSET BY THIS, but, if it is not alright to do, I was going to send a friendly PM to the sender just to let them know if it ends up costing the receiver extra postage, it may cause a problem for her with folks wanting to be reimbursed, and I just wanted to give her a nice heads up if this is the case.

If it is alright to be included, then that's alright by me.  I wasn't offended, just got me wanting to find an answer.

Thanks.

edited to say I know it's against PBS rules, but I'm just looking for clarification on usps rules



Last Edited on: 10/17/07 1:53 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/16/2007 11:50 PM ET
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I would PM then because any USPS person could decide it is advertising and upcharge it. Might be able to say 1 card is related to the book, 13 is advertising.

Date Posted: 10/17/2007 10:16 AM ET
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Only a packing invoice or maybe a very short "Happy Birthday" note is allowed.  No pamplets, sales fliers, business cards etc..,  I would PM the person who sent it to you.  One of these days they'll be randomly inspected by the PO and their book will arrive postage due and they'll have a very unhappy requestor on their hands.

Date Posted: 10/17/2007 1:52 PM ET
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I did just that Mary.  Just a short and friendly heads up in case they were unaware of both PBS site rules and usps rules. 

 

Date Posted: 10/22/2007 6:11 PM ET
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According to the USPS manual, the only things that can be included with media rate are invoices, short notes, or supplementary material DIRECTLY related to the actual media item, which I would take to mean things like maybe a clipping of a review of the book being shipped - things like that.