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Subject: Print and ship from home
Date Posted: 10/19/2014 12:08 AM ET
Member Since: 11/6/2009
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I just had my local post office woman tell me that I can pay for, print, and ship from home on all of my Media Mail shipments AND get postage at a discounted rate. (I think she really wants to keep me from tying up their line.) I don't see on PBS where I can do this. Anyone know where to find it?

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 10/19/2014 9:49 AM ET
Member Since: 12/27/2005
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On the Print Wrapper page, click the green radio button that says

"Print Postage and Delivery Confirmation directly onto the book wrapper. (Fee: $0.55*) info.gif
Mail directly from your house, no need to go to the Post Office even if the package is over 13 ounces.
Get Instant Credit once the book is marked mailed. Plus more time to read books, priceless! "

Your postal clerk was wrong when she told you there is a discount for Media Mail. There is a discount for First Class postage, but you still have to pay the 55 cent fee to PBS, which is more than the discount. It is not cheaper to purchase postage here than it would be to purchase it at the Post Office itself.

Other online options include:

  • Paypal -- no 55 cent fee and does give you the First Class online discount
  • USPS Click 'n Ship -- doesn't work for First Class or Media Mail
  • Stamps.com -- requires a membership with a monthly fee
Subject: Prepaid postage
Date Posted: 10/19/2014 5:16 PM ET
Member Since: 11/18/2005
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I love it Just print the postage and tossing it in the blue box and call it mailed. No need 

to even get out of the car. It is well worth the extra fee.




Date Posted: 10/22/2014 5:02 PM ET
Member Since: 7/26/2007
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Don't mean to hijack the thread, but I have a related question, concerning tracking. Today for the first time I used the "Print Postage & Delivery Confirmation Directly onto the Book Wrapper" feature and a label (and tracking #) was generated. I did take the package to the Post Office because I was mailing other things. The Postal clerk put another tracking label on the package and scanned it (the one that prints automatically with each package transaction). Which one is the actual tracking number?  Will both be scanned by the P.O. at each stop?

Thanks for any replies!