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Subject: Media Mail Cost
Date Posted: 1/15/2011 1:42 PM ET
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The PO is closed , but I could use the machine (does it have a name?) in the lobby to create my own stamp if I knew the Media Mail rate per pound. Is there a calculator for that ? 2lbs. 90oz. 3 books in a box.

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Date Posted: 1/15/2011 1:48 PM ET
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Assuming you mean the box is 2 lbs, 9 oz, it will cost you $3.16.   

You can also print your own postage by using www.paypal.com/shipnow

Date Posted: 1/15/2011 3:11 PM ET
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You can go to the P.O. site Here and figure out your postage.

Just always round the ounces up, and books are packages even if you use a large mailer to wrap them.

 

Date Posted: 1/15/2011 3:18 PM ET
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You could go to the Help Center:

 Current Postal Rates



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Date Posted: 1/15/2011 5:01 PM ET
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This is what is so great about this site. Now I don't have to worry about the PO being open or closed, You guys have helped me enormously.

Date Posted: 1/15/2011 5:08 PM ET
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hmmm, my PO tells me I can't use the self serve kiosk for media mail cause they have to "check" package to assure it's media.  (the check just amounts to them holding pkg to see if it feels like a book).



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Date Posted: 1/15/2011 5:17 PM ET
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they have to "check" package to assure it's media.

 

They have a right to check, even open, media mail, but that can happen anywhere along the way.  I drop my media mail in the blue box all the time.  We do have to hand anything over 13 ounces to a clerk unless it has electronic (traceable) postage on it, due to Homeland Security regulations, but I don't think your postal workers could show you anything in their official guidelines that says you have to hand anything that is media mail to a postal clerk.

Date Posted: 1/15/2011 8:18 PM ET
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Make sure to write MEDIA MAIL on your package if it's not already on there! 

Most postal employees will tell you you can't use the APC for media mail. You can, but it's on you to make sure you calculate everything right and have the package properly labeled. As others have said, they can inspect the package at any point enroute. 

Just don't waste your energy arguing with anyone at the counter about it, it's not worth it. 

Date Posted: 1/15/2011 8:51 PM ET
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I was sure to mark Media Mail in red. Well packaged and I have no problem  if they want to check it, as long as they repack as well as I had it to begin with.  One was a wrapped box with 3 books inside. I just calculated my postage and custom printed my stamp. --Thanks for the term APC -I did not know what to call it.

There was no postal employee to tell me not to.... they were in there, I could hear them working,,,LOL

Date Posted: 1/16/2011 12:20 AM ET
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Jeanne, your PO is mistaken.  As already mentioned, Media Mail is always subject to inspection . . . on their time.  If your PO wishes to inspect your packages marked Media Mail, they are welcome to do so but nowhere in their regulations does it say those inspections can or must take place at the counter.

I've seen my PO set aside packages they have questions about, they do not question the customer at the counter but do an official inspection later (there is a specific procedure).

Date Posted: 1/16/2011 12:34 AM ET
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I keep a printed out copy of the PBS media mail chart in my car.  The post office deliberately does not post the media mail rate.  But you can use the APC and send media mail.  I even use the APC to weigh the book.  Go through to first class, then back up to print a single stamp of another denomination.

Page with PBS mail chart  (Note, first class will be changing soon.  They are changing the additional ounce price.)



Last Edited on: 1/16/11 12:37 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/16/2011 7:47 AM ET
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I use the APC all the time - I love it!!

I usually get several 2.38 and 2.77 stamps (these are the denominations I use most often) and then I have them on hand whenever I need to mail a book.  It definitely comes in handy!

Date Posted: 1/16/2011 11:09 AM ET
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Wow  Terri, I am glad you said that. Did not occur to me to preprint the stamps . I am stealing that idea.

Date Posted: 1/16/2011 8:09 PM ET
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I also preprint my APC labels and use when I need them, but be careful because POs try to insist they are meter labels and not stamps and return them for stale postage. The PO I use with the APC has been great about resending them and calling the offending post office to yell at them, but if you deal with a difficult post office you might want to only try one until you know they are going to accept it.

Date Posted: 1/17/2011 12:05 AM ET
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I've had to have the PO clerk print out a stamp with no money on it to get them to accept the older dated APC stamps.  Like pulling teeth. 

Date Posted: 1/18/2011 7:10 AM ET
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I also preprint my APC labels and use when I need them, but be careful because POs try to insist they are meter labels and not stamps and return them for stale postage. The PO I use with the APC has been great about resending them and calling the offending post office to yell at them, but if you deal with a difficult post office you might want to only try one until you know they are going to accept it.

I started using the APC because of my job.  Approximately every 10 days or so, we have to send our invoices out.  The package is almost always over 13 oz, so we use priority flat rate envelopes.  We are a small business and do not have a postal meter, so we buy 10 flat rate stamps from the APC at a time.  This usually lasts us about two months.  Friday I actually went to the PO and bought some five cent stamps (the flat rate envelopes went up on Jan 1).  I asked the clerk about whether the APC are meter labels or stamps.  He told me that they are considered stamps.  He also told me that they are good forever, just like any stamps that you buy.  The only difference is that it is considered "traceable" postage because it is purchased with a credit/debit card and the purchaser's picture is recorded when the transaction is made.  That is why the "over 13 oz" rule doesn't apply to APC postage.  He also told me that the date on the APC stamps is the "sale" date, not the postmark date.  There are people who assume that they can beat tax deadline dates with an APC stamp, which is not an official postmark.  But the technology is still new, so they haven't actually caught up with that yet.

I have been buying postage for books this way for almost two years - usually several at a time.  I almost always use them within a month of purchase.  Never had a problem.  But, like many things I've read about post office employees on this site, it seems that some postal clerks don't always get the memos....

I've had to have the PO clerk print out a stamp with no money on it to get them to accept the older dated APC stamps.  Like pulling teeth.

Don't hand your package to a clerk - simply drop it in a mailbox.  It already has the postage on it.  Then you don't have to argue with them.



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Date Posted: 1/18/2011 1:47 PM ET
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There are members here who have dropped their packages off in a box and had it returned for stale postage. I think the rules about electronic postage expiring are actually in the DMM, though I could be wrong about that. 

Also, Terri, your business would save money using the USPS website to print your Priority Mail postage via Click n Ship instead of the APC. They offer cheaper prices than the APC. You don't need fancy stickers to print on, a laser printer and some packing tape will get the job done. 

Date Posted: 1/18/2011 1:57 PM ET
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My local PO does not have an APC machine, and therefore the couldn't answer my questions about it's postage stickers and dates.  So I called the next PO over, which does have an APC and asked my questions...the answers were similar to what Terri posted.  APC dates do not become stale and can be used after the date of printing.  Unfortunately (like Media Mail guidelines) not all postal brances are adequately trained in these things.

Terri, electronic postage is different than APC.  And yes electronic postage (such as PBS printed postage) must be mailed on or before the printed date . . . not so with APC.