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Subject: mailing multiples
Date Posted: 7/10/2014 7:13 PM ET
Member Since: 7/13/2013
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I want to get some books out but I have never sent multiples. On average, how much does it cost to send two or three books media mail?
Date Posted: 7/10/2014 7:49 PM ET
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Depends on the weight Patricia, but multiples do not cost much more to mail than a single book.  Many members prefer to mail multiples because of the savings (cost per book).  Current mail rates are listed here at PBS in the Help Documents. 

I've posted the current Media Mail rates below.  Although book sizes vary alot, let's say (for example) 1 pocketbook/novel weighs about 10 oz. and would ship for $2.69.  3 books the same size would weigh 30 oz. and ship for only $3.17....about 50 cents more for 2 additional books in the package.  But if you mail multiples, do check on some durable packaging.  If you just slip them loose in an regular manilla envelope there is a high chance the envelope will be damaged enroute and the books lost and/or damaged.

Current USPS Media Mail rates*:
  Effective Jan 26, 2014

Up to 1 pound.......................................$2.69
More than 1 pound, less than 2 pounds....... 3.17
More than 2 pounds, less than 3 pounds..... 3.65
More than 3 pounds, less than 4 pounds..... 4.13
More than 4 pounds, less than 5 pounds.....4.61
More than 5 pounds, less than 6 pounds.....5.09
More than 6 pounds, less than 7 pounds.....5.57
More than 7 pounds, less than 8 pounds.....6.03
More than 8 pounds, less than 9 pounds..... 6.49
More than 9 pounds, less than 10 pounds....6.95

Rates in blue are the most common postage rates for single-book shipments.

Date Posted: 7/11/2014 3:17 PM ET
Member Since: 6/8/2005
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The other day I mailed 3 individual books and 2 books packaged together. 1 of the individual books was $2.69 and the other two were $3.17. I was surprised to see the 2 I mailed together was only $3.17 as well. This afternoon I'm mailing a box of 8 books, I'm curious to see what that will cost. I definitely know it'll be cheaper than sending them individually!

Last Edited on: 7/11/14 3:17 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/11/2014 7:42 PM ET
Member Since: 6/8/2005
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Wow -- it was $5.57 to mail my box of 8 books.  I wish everyone ordered 8 at a time! :)