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Subject: Have postage regulations changed re: buying online postage?
Date Posted: 8/20/2011 10:57 AM ET
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I always use PBS postage to send out my books. Today, I had a book that said it was .8 oz. I knew that it weighed more than an ounce, so I just entered 14 oz. and it said if it was over 13 oz it had to be mailed from the P.O. I have mailed books using online postage that are over 1 lb before and could use online postage. I hope this was just some kind of glitch because I detest going to the post office, it's well worth 43¢ to save me the trip.

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Date Posted: 8/20/2011 12:00 PM ET
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I haven't seen anything about a change, nor have I got a message like that when sending books over 13 oz. using online postage.  I just mailed 3 on Thursday or unless it happened overnight I think it's a glitch.

I agree, well worth the $0.43 to not have to go to the post office and stand in line for an hour.

Date Posted: 8/20/2011 12:35 PM ET
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I have always seen that message.  Don't think it's new or a glitch.

Date Posted: 8/20/2011 12:38 PM ET
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Did the program refuse to print postage for you, or was it just a message in red lettering?

If it was the latter, that's always been there. It just means that, unless you use printed postage, anything over 13 oz. has to be mailed at a post office. If you print e-postage and it fits in athe blue box, you do not have to go to the post office.

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Date Posted: 8/20/2011 1:14 PM ET
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Did it still say that after you selected to full PBS postage option? That message has always shown on the screen for the other 2 options, but I thought it disappeared once the full PBS postage option was selected.

Date Posted: 8/20/2011 1:22 PM ET
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I weighed the book at it was around 10 oz so I entered that and it worked fine. The label says 1 lb media mail. I think it was a brain fart on my end. Been having a lot of those lately! wink

Date Posted: 8/20/2011 2:56 PM ET
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I just posted a few days ago about the same thing because my post office employees were giving me jacked up information; you could probably go back to the thread list and find it; it says something to the affect of what is the 13 oz rule?   I had some great responses in there. 

I ended up using online postage, over 13 oz, and put it out with my regular mail to be picked up and it was accepted.

I think as far as PBS telling you that it had to be mailed from the PO, I believe it's always there and is just a general notice that lets you know unless you are buying online postage, you have to send it from the PO.

But, either way - it is fine to use online postage thru PBS or any other USPS authorized online postage seller and then drop the book in the blue box or leave it out with your mail for the carrier to pick up. 

Date Posted: 8/20/2011 3:32 PM ET
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What you are talking about sounds like the 13 oz rule when using stamps. This way they can identify you and ask you those questions about the package being liquid, fragile, perishable, etc. It's suppose to deter you from sending dangerous materials. But if you are paying for electronic postage, the ounce rule doesn't matter. Since they now have a way of tracking you if said package is dangerous.

At least, that is what I am inferring from your post. Cheers :)

Date Posted: 8/20/2011 7:34 PM ET
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Yes, what Andy said above is what I'm thinking, too.

The 13oz cutoff is for stamped mail.  If you have a package weighing over 13oz you can still mail from home with pre-printed postage.  It's only books with stamps on them that have to be mailed from the PO if over 13oz.

Date Posted: 8/21/2011 9:46 AM ET
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Hello all-

I have also experienced this similar problem, I even once got a message that the book was 48 pounds and I needed to buy more postage. I know I have been wasting money on my postage by always adding more weight than I know the book weighs, which is wasting me money. I am looking to purchase a scale.  I was wondering which postal scale yall have found and liked. I am trying to keep the price under 30 dollars if possible.

Thanks, Mckenna