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Subject: Might've Made an OOPS
Date Posted: 6/28/2009 10:57 PM ET
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I had books needing to go out and I wound up dropped them off at the post office inside their little public area.

After I dropped them in the slot I realized a little note that says packages over 13 ounces are not allowed to be put into those slots and will be returned to the sender.

Umm ... I don't know if any of them were over 13 ounces. Didn't pay that close enough attention for that.

How can I go see w/o *printing* them again to look the details up?

Date Posted: 6/28/2009 11:00 PM ET
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go to amazon - i think it has the weight of the books or most books

Date Posted: 6/28/2009 11:04 PM ET
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Did you use the PBS postage on them? If you used some sort of online postage it's okay. It's only an issue if you used the old-fashioned stamps.


Date Posted: 6/29/2009 2:05 AM ET
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Yeah I did the whole DC# and postage paid on PBS here for them. I believe they are all under 13 ounces.

Date Posted: 6/29/2009 2:12 AM ET
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Hi Charity, when using PBS printable postage you can disregard the 13 oz rule.  It's considered 'tracable' . . . should the need arise :-)

Date Posted: 6/29/2009 12:33 PM ET
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I did that once. It should be fine if you printed postage from here. If there is a problem, instead of mailing them, the PO will just return them to you in a couple days, then you can fix the whole problem.

Date Posted: 6/29/2009 12:35 PM ET
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If you have any sort of trackable barcode it's fine.  I always use PBS postage & DC so I can just drop my books in a blue box, or the package mailer at the PO and don't have to take the time to wait on line.  You should be fine!

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Date Posted: 6/29/2009 4:34 PM ET
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I've double checked some of mine by clicking on reprint the label - all the stuff about how much the package weighs and the amount of postage comes into view and if the postage is under $3.00 you're cool. 

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Date Posted: 6/29/2009 4:40 PM ET
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Charity - you can also go to the 'book edit' site and it might tell you the weight of the book there.  Good luck. Probably, unless someone in the postal service 'hefts' the package and checks, it will go through ok, but sometimes we'd 'eyeball' letters, etc., and if we thought they weighed more than the postage indicated, we'd double check, and if they were overweight, they got sent back.  This didn't happen often though.  LOL  Pat

PS - missed you at lunch today. 

Date Posted: 6/29/2009 6:36 PM ET
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That is exactly the reason I do use the PBS postage, so I can mail hardcovers, heavy trade paperbacks, etc. and not have to haul them to the PO. You can drop those in a blue box or PO slot just like the under 13 oz books as long as it's the printable postage with DC. You just can't put STAMPS on a 13-oz. + book and drop it off like that.


Date Posted: 6/29/2009 6:39 PM ET
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You can also use APC postage on ANY weight package, and drop it in the box. APC postage is also "trackable".

As others have said, the 13oz rule only applies if you use regular postage stamps on your package.