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Subject: Postal rates
Date Posted: 2/2/2012 5:04 PM ET
Member Since: 4/22/2010
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I have been using prepaid postage for several months. The postage usually is between 2.39 and 2.48 and is labeled either Media Rate or First Class. I received a book, this week, with prepinted postage of 1.98 and was labeled CommercialBasePrice. This is the lowest postage rate I have seen. I asked the sender how he got that rate & he said it was just the usual printed postage that came up on the online site.

My question is what is CommercialBaseRate & why doesn't it come up when I print a wrapper? I can find no place where I can select the type of postal rate.


Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 2/2/2012 5:22 PM ET
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If you send a book that weighs between 4 and 5 oz with printable postage, then you too will get the $1.98 postage rate. You're paying more because you're sending heavier books.

Date Posted: 2/2/2012 10:29 PM ET
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I thought the lighter books went First Class? 

Not an expert, but my first thought was that Commercial Base Rate would be for companies/individuals that do bunches of mailing, have a meter/permit number, and pre-sort?  Not a rate I would associate with private individuals sending an occassional package.