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Subject: never mind
Date Posted: 3/9/2011 10:48 PM ET
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**Edited by PBS**  We remind our members not to violate USPS regulations - you must always put adequate postage on your packages.

Date Posted: 3/9/2011 10:59 PM ET
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For first class mail, the difference in price between 5 ounces and 5.1 ounces is 17 cents.  if it is a busy day, sometimes I  don't feel like collecting that 17 cents is the best use of my time.  Other days, I go after every penny.  So it is a gamble on the part of the mailer to not put the correct postage on.  LikeDirty Harry said, "Do you feel lucky?"  smiley

Date Posted: 3/9/2011 11:26 PM ET
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Why would you do that?  Knowingly not putting enough postage on a package is cheating the system, which ultimately costs EVERYONE more.  Also, you are gambling on the person on the other end having to pay the difference in postage because you are cheap and don't want to pay 17 cents.  No one wants to pay postage due, but that is what you risk everytime you "short" the postage.  Some of the receivers may not have even mentioned it to you in the past because it was a small amount, but it's still not their place to pay it--IT'S YOURS!

I don't mean to sound harsh, but please treat others as you'd want them to treat you.

Date Posted: 3/10/2011 1:00 AM ET
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I hate it when books arrive postage due :(

Date Posted: 3/10/2011 1:07 AM ET
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"Why would you do that?  Knowingly not putting enough postage on a package..."   +1

I also dislike receiving mail postage due.

Date Posted: 3/10/2011 2:30 AM ET
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@Diane,  how exactly does the process work? 

@Sheila, it's not about the 17 cents.  Sometimes it's actually less than that.  But who has the right stamps or enough of them every time to get it down to the precise penny?  Maybe I need that extra 44 cent stamp for another package in the very near future instead of putting it on one that only requires a few cents because it was .1 ounce over.



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Date Posted: 3/10/2011 9:49 AM ET
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If you are planning to use stamps at home to send out books, you should be sure to have the right amount (lots of 5s and 1s help, or just buy a bunch of 17s).  I have to agree with the other posters who say that if you know it should cost 2.07 and you put only 1.90 on it that's basically trying to cheat the USPS.  Plus if the USPS catches it, one of three things can happen: it will get delivered to the recipient and they get stuck for the 17 cents, it will get delivered to the recipient and their mail carriers gets stuck for the 17 cents, or it will get returned to you for insufficient postage and you will be out the $1.90.

Date Posted: 3/10/2011 11:39 AM ET
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Sheila, it's not about the 17 cents.  Sometimes it's actually less than that.  But who has the right stamps or enough of them every time to get it down to the precise penny?  Maybe I need that extra 44 cent stamp for another package in the very near future instead of putting it on one that only requires a few cents because it was .1 ounce over.

Maybe you could get some lower denomintation stamps so you don't "have to" steal postage because it's more convenient for you.

 

Date Posted: 3/10/2011 7:16 PM ET
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How do you know it goes through every time without being delivered postage due? Maybe receivers are having to cover it and just aren't telling you because they don't feel that less than 20 cents is worth the hassle. Maybe that receiver needs their extra stamp for something else too.no  to knowingly sending packages short of postage.

Subject: Postage
Date Posted: 3/11/2011 12:24 AM ET
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When i am weighing a package, I will round it up an ounce or two, just to be sure it doesn't arrive postage due. I figure the couple ounces is the weight of the  wrappings.

Date Posted: 3/11/2011 9:42 AM ET
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FWIW, Costco here has a really good digital kitchen scale (Polder) for under $20 that's about the size of a thick dinner plate, so it's very easy to store.  I store it on end on in my kitchen cabinet next to the dishes, so it takes yup no room at all.  (I realize that $20 is not exactly cheap for some people, but we ended up needing one for dietary purposes, so it now serves my postal needs as well.  Our old kitchen scale was one of those that had a big dial in front and took up valuable counter space,)

Date Posted: 3/11/2011 10:29 AM ET
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You can order stamps from the post office online  at

https://shop.usps.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/TopCategoriesDisplay?storeId=10052&catalogId=10001

They have all denominations.  Shipping is $1 no matter how many stamps you order (unless you have requests unique to stamp collectors, like only stamps from the edge of the sheet).  When I've ordered, they've arrived in about 5 business days.

Date Posted: 3/11/2011 2:16 PM ET
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you could also go the automaic postal center   there you can print stamps in any denomation  like .17 cent,s ,20 cents 2.00

etc then you will have them 

Date Posted: 3/11/2011 8:34 PM ET
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Hey Mark, that's very interesting.  Is the price of the stamp visible or is it like the ones where you can't see how much is on it?   I'll have to look into this.

Date Posted: 3/12/2011 10:00 PM ET
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I just figured about various postage amounts that I most commonly need (2.38, $2.57-game books with PBS DC and so on), went to the post office and ordered some various denominations to make those amounts.

Subject: APC
Date Posted: 3/13/2011 12:08 PM ET
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yes the price are on the postage that prints out

 

Date Posted: 3/14/2011 7:47 PM ET
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Everybody is feeling the pinch these days - even the Postal Service.  As an employee, I can tell you that ANY time your package wieghs over an even ounce, you must add 17 cents to cover the weight of the item.  It's never less than that.  It is possible that some of your packages are getting thru without the additional 17 cents - but it is also possible that the mail carrier in whatever city that piece is being delivered to is the one actually covering the cost.  The Postal Service has a lot of very generous employees, but our hours are being cut, our jobs are being cut, and the overtime we used to get on a regular basis is virtually gone.  I've been using the PBS DC on my packages and then purchasing stamps to cover the postage.  It can be done easily with only a few stamps.  

The next time you are in the PO, ask the window clerk for some help.  Most of us would be glad to help you figure out which stamps would best fit your needs.

Date Posted: 3/18/2011 3:53 PM ET
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I always keep a supply of stamps purchased from the Automatic Postal Center in the denominations typical for mailing books, starting from $1.90 to $2.77. Since you know each additional 1st class ounce is 17 cents, you can easily buy the correct stamps ahead of time and have the correct postage amounts available for use.  

Please do not continue to cheat the USPS by underpaying your mailing cost; it eventually affects everyone.   

Subject: Honest Mistake
Date Posted: 4/19/2011 1:10 AM ET
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I just had a "swapper" refuse a book this week over 3 cents due saying they would not be able to re-coup their costs! (?)  (Swapper conditions stated that the books were being given as "gifts.")  The swapper was probably not an avid reader or "generous gift giver" as they purported but rather a book dealer of the genre I was sending.  Live and learn!

Date Posted: 4/21/2011 1:34 AM ET
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Or maybe the swapper recently covered a postage due package and didn't get the money back from the sender, and decided not to accept any more postage due packages.