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Subject: I'm in Love ... with the APC !
Date Posted: 9/25/2007 10:03 AM ET
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I tried the APC for the first time last week.  I had to bring in a book that got returned to me because I didn't bring it to the service counter (even though I did).

So I am mailing a CD for SwapaCD and I am trying to use up my oddly numbered stamps.  I had that package covered with stamps on the front to make it to $1.30.  Schizophrenic Use of Stamps is what I called it.

I printed out APC postage for a bunch of $2.31 and $1.30.  It was so freeing to know that anything I mailed would be going into the blue box and I didn't even need to fuss with PayPal.  It was love at first sight.  Well, extreme happiness at first purchase.

So I went back on Saturday and got more postage!  Thank goodness because I posted half my CD Collection and I have 30 CDs to mail and a few books.

Date Posted: 9/25/2007 12:16 PM ET
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Smart girl - yup, APC's rock! :-)

Date Posted: 9/25/2007 6:06 PM ET
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I'm thrilled with it as well. I have had one time where the paper (label) tray was empty, so I couldn't buy postage, as well as one time when the bin was clogged; I could've used the blue box for the latter, but we have an employee stationed some of the time nearby (who limps, and I'm assuming usually does/did heavier work) who offered to take  it in the back with her while she saw to the clogged packages being emptied.

Date Posted: 9/25/2007 10:32 PM ET
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I too LOVE the APC.  I don't go up to the counter anymore unless I need odd stamps (like $0.02 for old stamps to make the new rate).

I've been entering the contest too, hope I win!  (it's on the bottom of the receipt if you didn't see it)

Date Posted: 9/26/2007 12:06 AM ET
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APC definitely rocks!  I've had wonderful luck with the APC stamps--even if they're mixed with real stamps or mailed from a different zip code.  (I have to go to the main PO in downtown Minneapolis three miles away for nearest APC.)  It's great...I can stock up on APC postage about once a month and everything goes out of the blue box one block away without hassle.

Date Posted: 9/29/2007 2:58 AM ET
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Leslie,

You can always use the APC for the odd stamps and use them along with the regular stamps.

Thanks for telling me about a contest.  I will have to dig through my bag to see what it's all about.

Angela

PS:  Maybe you can't use the APC for lower denomination stamps according to another thread.

 



Last Edited on: 9/29/07 3:11 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/29/2007 10:46 AM ET
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I believe you can buy stamps under $1.00 with the option of "additional postage"; however, unlike the "regular" stamps ($2.13 etc.), smaller denominations are transaction-by-transaction so you'd you'd have to go through several individual purchases, rather than selecting a quantity to get a few small APC stamps at once. I have never tried that myself..

Date Posted: 9/30/2007 11:00 AM ET
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no, the postage amount per stamp has to be $1 or more....trust me, I've tried!  I needed $0.80 stamps and 2 of them but it wouldn't let me print them...then of course I realized it was easier to put 2 stamps on the package!

Date Posted: 9/30/2007 1:07 PM ET
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I know you can't use the main screen option to buy stamps under $1.00, but are you sure you haven't tried the "additional postage" route (which, I think, is accessed from the first of the three main screen APC choices as though you were going to send the package FC)? I had thought that was specifically for smaller amounts? The tradeoff being that you have to buy that postage as a completely separate transaction each time vs. multiple 2.13's at once from the Buy Stamp option.

Date Posted: 9/30/2007 3:23 PM ET
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hmmm, haven't gone that far in the screen, will have to look next time I use the machine. 

I have used the buy postage and then different amounts and I know there you can't buy a stamp for less than $1.  but then I'm not going to buy $0.02 stamps through the machine unless I needed a lot (which I don't, I hope!)