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Subject: Media Rate vs First Class
Date Posted: 7/27/2007 10:33 AM ET
Member Since: 7/22/2007
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Hi, I am a new member to PBS and yesterday mailed my first book.  At the post office counter, where it was my intention to purchase the $2.13 postage, the clerk informed me that "did you know that for $.02 more you can send this first class"?  Obviously I did not know this and just added the $.02 and sent the book first class.  Can I expect any problems or issues with having chosen this over the media rate method?

Date Posted: 7/27/2007 11:00 AM ET
Member Since: 2/11/2007
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Far from it, for 2 cents extra, your book is likely to arrive several days earlier!

Date Posted: 7/27/2007 11:04 AM ET
Member Since: 12/21/2006
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it depends on the weight. Up to 7oz, it's cheaper (or $.02 more) to send First Class parcel rate. After 7oz, media mail is cheaper.

First class is generally faster. :->

Date Posted: 7/27/2007 2:14 PM ET
Member Since: 7/14/2007
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Here's the link to the USPS postage rate calculator:

http://postcalc.usps.gov/

I'm lucky enough to have a small postage scale, and it's very enlightening to see the differences that an ounce or two will make.

Date Posted: 7/27/2007 2:37 PM ET
Member Since: 2/5/2007
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You are free to send books in any manner you want.   Media mail is just one of the ways.