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Subject: printable postage issue...
Date Posted: 9/15/2008 1:46 PM ET
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I just used PBS printable postage.  My package weighed 15 oz.  I clicked to print the postage and it appears that I paid the right amount of money, which is not the issue.  But my wrapper says 2 lb media mail rate.  What is up with that and will it mess up this package getting mailed?  Is this considered 2 lb?  Am I just not thinking straight on this?  Thanks in advance.

Subject: printable postage issues
Date Posted: 9/15/2008 7:17 PM ET
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Maybe with the wrappings, it might be over a pound, in which case it would go to the 2#...anything between 1 and up to 2 pounds.  Do you have a scale to double check the weight?


Date Posted: 9/15/2008 7:27 PM ET
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Well, it looks as though my package was put through at the 2 lb rate and I paid for the 2 lb rate, even though it was under a pound. I hear this happens frequently on here.  I will leave it since I don't have an hour to stand in line at my post office to get my money back. 

I did weigh the package and it weighed 15 oz.  Does it automatically bump the package up to  2 lbs like that?  Or is this another one of those glitches?  At least i know now that it will make it to its destination, I just happened to have been overcharged.  OH well.

Date Posted: 9/15/2008 9:36 PM ET
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The post office would not refund your postage. If it makes you feel any better, it is only 35 cents.

I recommend weighing your packages after packing but before printing postage. You can change the weight before you print to match the correct weight for your package.

My guess on this package is that it is so close to 1 pound, it is put in as over to cover packaging. If it is listed as 1 pound and 1 ounce, the label will show the 2 pound rate.

Date Posted: 9/16/2008 2:10 AM ET
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I have noticed the over charge here occasionally. I believe it is if the system has the package within 4 oz of a lb. measurement, it will round the postage rate up. Since I have an accurate postage scale here, when it does that to me I list the weight as lower than it actually it to lower the postage. But I only do this if I weigh the package after it is packed and I am sure that it will not go over.

Date Posted: 9/16/2008 11:18 AM ET
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I usually wrap my packages, weigh them (I put an extra sheet of paper on the scale to account for the weight of the label), print PBS postage-paid label (checking package weight, wrapped book, mailing date, etc.), then tape label on and mail.

Yesterday I had a package weigh in at exactly 2 lbs! I was glad to see I didn't have to pay the higher (3 pound) weight, but was worried about whether it would end up weighing just over when the label was attached. I cut the label as small as I could so it was less than a half sheet of paper. After I taped it on, my package weighed 1 lb. 15.6 oz! (I am going to take it to the post office today to have them check it--verify my scale's accuracy!)

My point is: I printed the label as a wrapped book weighing exactly 2 lbs and the 2 lb. postage is what was printed. There was no built in overage in the system.

ETA: The post office scale read 1 lb. 15.8 oz. Either my memory is a bit off, my scale is up to .2 oz. off, or my package gained weight. I think it is close enough I can safely trust my scale.


Last Edited on: 9/16/08 3:35 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 9/16/2008 12:18 PM ET
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On the print wrapper screen, there is a dropdown list where you select book weight or wrapped book weight. If you leave it at book weight, then PBS will add some extra to account for the packaging material. If you change it to wrapped book weight, then it will not add anything.

Date Posted: 9/16/2008 12:59 PM ET
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Being that it was so close, I am not too worried about it.  And the extra charge is minimal.   Thanks for all your responses.  I actually had no clue there was a drop down for book weight and wrapped book weight Cathy.  Shows how much I pay attention!  :-)