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Subject: No more Media Mail ? Truth or Rumor?
Date Posted: 5/13/2008 3:46 PM ET
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When I mailed some books this morning, the PO clerk told me that there is no longer a mailing category of media mail because the PO does not make any money off of it.  She said they were told that as of yesterday they would not be able to print the postage strips for media mail but since the machines still allow them to print she said it was okay for me to mail the packages media but warned me that it might not be an option in the future.

PO employess - truth or rumor?

Date Posted: 5/13/2008 5:23 PM ET
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Date Posted: 5/13/2008 5:43 PM ET
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The new postal schedule has media mail in it with an increase. Ask them why they would publish an increase in the rate if they were getting rid of it???

Date Posted: 5/13/2008 6:03 PM ET
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Rumor, USPS would like to get rid of it, as yes they do lose money on it, But maybe she was confusing it with bound printed matter. The postal clerks can no longer do bound printed matter (which can be cheaper for close mailings of hardback books) on their computers. You can still use bound printed matter, if you read the charts and add your own postage. However, if it is undeliverable it is NOT forwarded or returned.

Date Posted: 5/13/2008 6:37 PM ET
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I was asked today if I wanted to send a book Media or first class, I sent it first class to get there faster.

Date Posted: 5/13/2008 6:47 PM ET
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It's still there. I went to the window at the post office to mail several books via Media Mail just yesterday, and the only difference was the new higher rates.

Date Posted: 5/14/2008 5:06 PM ET
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Date Posted: 5/15/2008 2:16 PM ET
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Its still around I have heard nothing different. Plus they are in the new rate schedule.

Date Posted: 5/15/2008 8:49 PM ET
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I was at the PO just a few hours ago (forgot to check the new rates, so I had to go to the window instead of the APC).  I was able to mail it via Media

Date Posted: 5/16/2008 9:30 AM ET
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But maybe she was confusing it with bound printed matter. The postal clerks can no longer do bound printed matter (which can be cheaper for close mailings of hardback books) on their computers. You can still use bound printed matter, if you read the charts and add your own postage.

Jean answered this question in her post a few spaces above.

Date Posted: 5/16/2008 11:03 AM ET
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It's still around as far as I know! I've been to the PO a few times over the last couple weeks and have sent most everything media mail. There was no mention of it going away......

Date Posted: 5/16/2008 2:00 PM ET
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I too mailed via media mail just an hour ago.  No mention and no issue.

Date Posted: 6/2/2008 10:45 AM ET
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I had a PO worker tell me that they were dropping media mail. But that was several years ago and it's still going strong!