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Subject: Need postal rates - FAST!
Date Posted: 12/29/2015 11:19 AM ET
Member Since: 12/9/2006
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I have been on hold for almost 3 years. Before I knew all the weights and costs by heart - ist class and MM. If a book was under 13 oz and small,. it was a good idea then to send 1st class.Now I have NO idea what the rates are. I would always mail from home if under 13oz. I even weighed and calculated the postage and applied it to others before taking them to the PO. Does the PO still have the stipulation about 13 & over books being mailed from a PO? What are the rates by wt for 1st class up to 5oz. and MM? I appreciate any help.  Trying to get everything "together" so I can be active again may be more than I bargained for, but I'm going to try. I miss PBS greatly. I used to be a top trader. Spent all my credits except 2 during my down time. Reading was the one thing I COULD do! We are blessed!     Thank you    M'ann

Date Posted: 12/29/2015 11:41 AM ET
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UPDATE POSTAGE RATES:  Effective May 31, 2015

Price List

Notice 123 • Effective May 31, 2015


https://www.usps.com/business/prices.htm   Then click Visit USPS Price List, then click First-Class or Media Mail


First Class Parcel May 31, 2015

3oz.  2.54

4oz.   2.74

5oz.   2.94

6oz.  3.14

7oz.   3.34

8oz.  3.54

9oz.  3.74

10oz.  3.94

First Class Electronic

3 oz    2.04    
4 oz    2.13    
5 oz    2.22    
6 oz    2.35    
7 oz    2.53    
8 oz    2.71   
9 oz    2.89    
10 oz   3.07    
11 oz    3.25    
12 oz    3.44    
13 oz    3.63    


Media Mail

Not Over

Media Rate is the same price regardless if bought at PO counter or electronic. 

1  $2.72
2  3.22
3  3.72
4  4.22
5   4.72 

6  5.22

Forever stamps are still 49¢, First Class Letter up to 1 oz. 49¢.



Tracking is now free on first class packages and media mail.  You can get it at the Post Office or order free tracking booklets to be mailed to you or buy electronic postage which includes free tracking. 

Date Posted: 12/29/2015 11:47 AM ET
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Welcome back! 

Date Posted: 12/29/2015 8:39 PM ET
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Last Edited on: 5/10/16 8:33 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/30/2015 4:13 PM ET
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Boy! I have been away a long time!!!!! When I first came aboard PBS the rate for sending a small MMPB was a dollar or less! I guess it's just age and forgetfulness catching up with me. Thank you for your help. That is so like the PBS membership I have encountered over the years of being here.      Blessings to all     M'ann

Date Posted: 1/2/2016 12:25 PM ET
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You're welcome!  

Happy New!

A new year also means new postage rates.  I don't know if the rate increase is in January but it's in the works.

Wow!  Used to be a dollar or less for media mail!

Last Edited on: 1/2/16 12:28 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 1/2/2016 8:11 PM ET
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One of the rate increases, the one affecting first class, priority, and international will be on Jan. 17th.

Last Edited on: 5/9/16 10:41 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/2/2016 10:09 PM ET
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Thank you Jill!



Date Posted: 1/3/2016 6:30 PM ET
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Rates went up last May because we did NOT have the usual January increase. I would be surprised if they raise media mail in May, my guess is it won't go up until Jan 2017.

Date Posted: 1/7/2016 8:06 PM ET
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Thank you,evryone for your comments! I just have one more question. How do I get the less expensive "electronic mail" for forst class? Even after all this time, I'm not very computer savy, but I'mwilling to learn, especially with instructions like, "step 1, step 2, step 3,,etc." Can one tell that I'm a retired elementary teacher and like things easy to follow? Have patience with this realy elderly LOL!     Blessings    M'ann

Date Posted: 1/8/2016 1:22 PM ET
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M'ann, from what I just read  it's a steep rate increase. I don't have too much information right now but it doesn't look like the online postage will be  A money saver. I'm sure we will know more soon. Stay tuned! 

Date Posted: 1/8/2016 5:56 PM ET
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How to buy electronic postage from PayPal


FYI and Prep

Must have a PayPal account and setup method of payment

USPS wants you to mail the SAME DAY as the date on the postage. If you want to mail tomorrow, change the date before you print. It all depends on if your local post office will give you any hassles. 

You change the date before you print the postage. Sometimes your own firewall will block you from doing so. 


Have address and package ready. 

Weigh the package 

Login to PayPal 

Click Multi-Order Shipping

Wait for popup "Getting Started" to load

Create New Orders

Click Create 

Click Shipping details

Service Type/ Package click the little divit icon 


First Class Mail Parcel
Package/Thick Envelope - I use this one!
Large Package


Media Mail 
Package/Thick Envelope - I use this one! DC 20¢
Large Package

Weight, click correct weight

Click Ship to address

Click from Address, enter your address 1 time, then it's ready every time you buy postage

Now you done with that part 
I think you click save and close

You will be at a new screen

Click green box to review address and postage rate

If correct click print, (printer icon)

NOW is your chance to change date if needed
Right side click Mailing Date 

When ready click pay and print (should be a drop down this time)

Wait for tracking to load

This is how to make 1 label. You can make several labels. I think after you enter the address you can make another order from the file or edit menu. 

cut and tape label to package and put in mailbox or blue box or hand to PO worker and say "this is ready to go". 

Last Edited on: 1/8/16 6:17 PM ET - Total times edited: 1