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Topic: Postage for 4-1 same as for 3-1??????

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Subject: Postage for 4-1 same as for 3-1??????
Date Posted: 1/25/2008 2:06 PM ET
Member Since: 5/28/2007
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Hi,

I just did some weighing at our po, and for general paperback books, it seems that the postage is the same for 4 as for 3 $2.81

Is that what people have been finding? 

I generally print out a stash of 213 and 247 but did some 281 as well.  So my question,  can I offer 4 for 1 and still use the 281??? ( Now I mean all average sized standard paperbacks~no fancy oprah reading club or other large oversized pbs)

 

Date Posted: 1/25/2008 4:49 PM ET
Member Since: 8/9/2005
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The rates are the same for everything up to what ever lb. Like its 2.13 for everything up to 1lb, 2.47 for everything up to 2 lbs. So say you have a package that weights 1 lb 15 oz its gonna cost 2.47 to mail it.

Date Posted: 1/26/2008 7:10 AM ET
Member Since: 8/27/2005
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Kristen, you can't go by number of books, you have to weigh them.  Even with mass market paperback books, the weight will depend on number of pages, quality of paper used, etc.   You can buy a postage scale, or, if you want something cheaper, they make food scales that go up to a couple of pounds that are pretty reasonably priced.  Even one that goes up to a pound can be a help because you can weigh each book separately then combine.  The scale will pay for itself because otherwise you have to estimate high and put unneeded postage on (or risk having books arrive postage due, which is even worse!)

Date Posted: 1/28/2008 2:02 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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It just depends on the size of the books. I send 2 mmp out to someone recently and just the 2 were  over 13oz.  So don't go by the number. Go by the weight.  You could probably send 5 of those little skinny romances for less than 2 regulary paperbacks.  You should really weigh each time.  I haven an inexpensive kitchen scale I use. It goes up to like 5lbs.  It's one that has a flat surface so I can weigh books.  Don't forget to account for packaging either.  Sometimes that puts you over into the next postage amount.