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Subject: Mailing from work - Resolved
Date Posted: 2/11/2011 3:24 PM ET
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I have a metered postal scale in my office that I use for mail. Do I still have to take it to the post office if it's over 13oz?

I just went to the post office and waited in a loooong line with my stamped mail and physically handed it to them. Am I taking too many steps? Can I just drop it in the Blue Box?  

Also, when using the PBS delivery confirmation with your own postage do you then have to pay an extra 20 cents at the post office? Can I just add 20 cents to my postage to avoid going to the post office? Should the 20 cents be printed on a seperate postage sticker so it shows the extra fee for DC?

Sorry this is long indecision



Last Edited on: 2/12/11 7:47 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 2/11/2011 3:47 PM ET
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1.  When using PBS DC, yes you must add the .19 for the USPS portion.  It does not need to be seperate, just add to regular postage amount.

2.  Clarify Metered Postal Scale.   If you are printing a postage meter strip at work, then yes your packages can be blue-boxed as the meter numbers are considered 'trackable'.  If you are merely weighing the package and using stamps, the 13 oz. rule applies...so how does the mail leave your office?  Do you blue-box on the way home, or does a carrier come in and pick up?  If it's a pick-up, ask your carrier b/c often that will suffice for the 'over the counter' requirement.

3. When using stamps for packages over 13 oz. I do not wait in the PO line.  I stand off to the side until I catch the eye of a counter clerk between customers, hold up the package to show postage applied, and they wave me over and take the package.

Date Posted: 2/11/2011 5:56 PM ET
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I have a Postage printer that adds postage onto an envelope or in my case onto a postage sticker and then I stick it on my box, An office assistant picks up mail various times of the day and takes it to a mystery floor to the post office fairy. A co worker says she mails stuff all the time over 13 oz and has yet to have anything returned. With my luck it will happen to me. Its just confusing!
Date Posted: 2/11/2011 6:17 PM ET
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The only things that have to be taken to the PO window are STAMPED mail over 13 ounces.  Meter strips aren't stamps, so there ya go!

Date Posted: 2/11/2011 6:47 PM ET
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Yuppers, what you have are meter strips and are considered 'tracable' by USPS.  Therefore, your mail bearing these strips can be mailed from anywhere and the 13 oz. rule does not apply.

Date Posted: 2/11/2011 7:19 PM ET
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I can't believe how many trips I took to the post office and no one bothered to tell me!

Thanks everyone