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Subject: Media Mail with stamps
Date Posted: 1/6/2009 5:58 PM ET
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This is probably a "duh!" question but here goes:

If I am shipping using the DC label (but with no PBS postage paid) and it's going media mail, and under 13 oz's, can I use first class stamps to pay the shipping on it? By that I mean, the shipping due on it is $2.23, and I want to just stick 6 forever stamps on the package so I can throw it in a blue box.

Also, what if you have a PBS postage paid label on a shipment that wont fit in the blue box? Is there a conveniant way to get it out?

Date Posted: 1/6/2009 6:34 PM ET
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Yes, you can use stamps.

 

>Also, what if you have a PBS postage paid label on a shipment that wont fit in the blue box? Is there a conveniant way to get it out?

That really depends on your local resources.  Many post offices have an automated postal center (APC) or drop slots that accept larger packages (and of course you can drop them off while they are open).   If you work somewhere with a mailroom, you might be able to drop it off in the outgoing mail at work.  You might be able to make arrangments with some local business that has mail picked up.  If you bunch up such mailings and mail at least one item via priority mail, you can call to have USPS do a free pickup.  etc.

Date Posted: 1/9/2009 11:14 AM ET
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Our local mailman would not accept over 13 ounce packages with stamps from me which I left with our company's receptionist to hand deliver to the mailman.  (YMMV) The mailman said I would have to show ID for them to accept over 13 ounce packages.  I called USPS and they said they have no rule about asking for ID for over 13 ounce packages.

 



Last Edited on: 1/9/09 11:17 AM ET - Total times edited: 5
Date Posted: 1/9/2009 2:11 PM ET
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The too big for bluebox book...... what I did for this is put a small post it note in my mail box asking my postal carrier if he could please pick it up off my porch by the front door. 

He is certainly not obligated to do so, but he has been very helpful. 

I think the fact that you have the electronic tracking takes care of the 13 oz rule for you.



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Subject: Too large packages with PBS postage
Date Posted: 1/11/2009 8:17 PM ET
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I usually use PPS postage, but the time or two I was sending a bigger then usual package....AKA a LARGE hardbound book. I had to use another blue box several blocks past the post  office with a bigger opening.

Date Posted: 1/11/2009 11:18 PM ET
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Our local mailman would not accept over 13 ounce packages with stamps from me which I left with our company's receptionist to hand deliver to the mailman.  (YMMV) The mailman said I would have to show ID for them to accept over 13 ounce packages.  I called USPS and they said they have no rule about asking for ID for over 13 ounce packages.

No they don't Richard, but they do have the rule that you must take your packages over 13oz, with only stamps, to a retail USPS counter to mail. Postal carriers are not supposed to take them. Some do because they know the person on their routes, but they are not supposed to.



Last Edited on: 1/11/09 11:20 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/15/2009 4:27 AM ET
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Oh hey, I didn't know a carrier couldn't accept stamped packages over 13 oz. 

But I've not had occassion to ask either, just take them to the PO.  If they already have stamps, they don't make me wait in line.  Just wait nearby until I catch the clerks eye, show them the package with stamps, they will waive me over  and I hand them the book. 

That ID thing is bogus.

Date Posted: 1/15/2009 9:19 AM ET
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If they are over 13oz and I don't want to go to the PO, I just use the printed postage and put them in my mail box.  DC alone isn't enough. 

Date Posted: 1/19/2009 9:42 PM ET
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"If I am shipping using the DC label (but with no PBS postage paid) and it's going media mail, and under 13 oz's, can I use first class stamps to pay the shipping on it? By that I mean, the shipping due on it is $2.23, and I want to just stick 6 forever stamps on the package so I can throw it in a blue box."

Absolutely - you don't even have to have the DC label on it.  Just be sure it's under 13 oz.  I do this all the time.