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Subject: Printable Postage and Book Weight
Date Posted: 2/8/2008 6:58 PM ET
Member Since: 12/4/2005
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I'm ready to ship and the weight of this trade sized paperback says 9.6 oz  but it is closer to 1 lb 3 oz.   There is an option to change the weight to match your scale and the instruction says that it will upday the postage.   I cannot seem to get that to happen.  Does this feature even work?   Would you just print as is and add another stamp or two?   My postal clerk asked about the postage on the wrapper the other day when I went in to do some mailing.  Seems a few of the books didn't have enough and ofhers had too much.   Just curious

Date Posted: 2/9/2008 7:00 AM ET
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Donna, as you change the weight on the label, your postage cost should change, too. There should be a difference between those two weights as the heavier weight bumps up the postage cost. Did you try getting the backup label to print to see if this made a difference?

Date Posted: 2/9/2008 1:47 PM ET
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No but I'll try that next time.  I had to get the book in the mail so I just stuck an extra stamp on it. 

Thank you for your answer, I'll have something to try next time if this occurs again.

Date Posted: 2/20/2008 9:07 AM ET
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I used printable postage for the first time last night. I weighed my book after wrapping it (it was a hardback and I put a lot of layers on it) so it ended up being heavier.

The original book weight was said to be 2 lb 10 oz but after packaging ended up being 2 lb 12 oz. I changed the weight on the screen, but the postage stayed the same. So I clicked off "printed postage with DC" and clicked "DC only." Then I re-clicked "printed postage with DC." Doing all that re-clicking seemed to help reboot the calculation, and it made the adjustment on postage.

That is probably a very round-a-bout way to recalculate postage for new weights, but I found that it worked for me.

Hope that helps!

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 2/20/2008 12:23 PM ET
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2 lb 10 oz and 2 lb 12 oz have the same postage, so in that case you would not see a change on your screen.

Date Posted: 2/20/2008 12:59 PM ET
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Hmmm... maybe it was 2 lb 8 oz then.  I guess it had to be since the postage cost did change.

Date Posted: 2/20/2008 1:59 PM ET
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Anything from 2lbs 0 oz to 2 lbs 15 oz will cost $2.81. The rates go by pounds. The only time that isnt the case is if its 7 oz or less because then First Class is cheaper.