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Topic: Postage Stamp Question

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Subject: Postage Stamp Question
Date Posted: 10/19/2009 9:28 PM ET
Member Since: 2/14/2009
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I have received my second book with $.44 postage in stamps on it.  How are members mailing books with only $. 44 postage?  I have read over the USPS guidlines for Media Mail to try and find the cheapest way to mail something.  Nowhere can I find any reference to any postage this cheap.
How does this work?  If it is possible, I would like to stop paying almost $3.00 to mail my books as well.  However, I am hesitant to try it myself as I don't want to go against USPS regulations and risk having a member not receive their book, or the book being returned to me.
Thanks,
Julie
Date Posted: 10/19/2009 11:27 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
Posts: 14,171
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It's a mistake, and USPS apparently missed the error.  PBS has site guidelines for postage due, IIRC the receiver is not obligated to pay it.

The cheapest Media Mail rate is under one pound for $2.38
First Class is rated by the oz, 6 oz is $2.07 (some small books are about this weight) - not over 8 oz. is $2.41...etc.



Last Edited on: 10/19/09 11:27 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/20/2009 12:32 AM ET
Member Since: 2/14/2009
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So, what you are saying is the members who mailed the books were not following the USPS and PBS guidelines?  I just want to be sure.

 

Thanks, Julie

Date Posted: 10/20/2009 8:56 AM ET
Member Since: 11/13/2005
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No, you can't quite assume misbehavior on the part of the sender.  Postage does sometimes fall off packages. 

Feel free to remark on the survey that the book arrived with only 44 cents in postage; the site may then be able to

tell if the member is showing a pattern of doing that.

Date Posted: 10/20/2009 10:55 AM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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Like Bret says, life happens.  No tellling at this point if the postage had a mishap or the sender made a mistake.  This is the type of thing I would note in the comment box when logging in a book, JIC TPTB ever need to investigate a member. 

BTW, I also note good items also, such as especially good wrapping, postage upgrades, or  whether plastic underwrap was used.