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Subject: Question From A Newbie About Combining Postage
Date Posted: 12/1/2007 9:31 PM ET
Member Since: 11/30/2007
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My daughter and I just wrapped up our first book today. We printed the postage through this web site. During the process, the weight quoted for the book was 14.4 ounces. We went to the post office to mail it and weighed it just to be sure since it was our first. The postal scale said the weight was 1 lb. 10 ounces. For media mail, we need another sixteen cents postage. I was just going to pop a stamp on it to make up the difference. Is there any postal regulation about combining stamps with preprinted postage labels that I would be breaking? Thanks for your help.


Date Posted: 12/1/2007 10:11 PM ET
Member Since: 11/28/2007
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There's no problem with combining postage. As long as what 's on the package adds up to what's needed, that's all the Post Office cares about. Trust me,  I work there as a window clerk, so I know what I'm talking about.

Date Posted: 12/2/2007 5:42 PM ET
Member Since: 2/28/2007
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Hey Kelli - Welcome to PBS!  Sending off the first book is always exciting...wait till you receive your first book, that's even better.  So, I wanted to advise you - it's worth the $20 or so you'll spend to buy a small kitchen/postal scale.  PBS sells them in the kiosk, or you can buy them at Target, etc.  That way you can feel confident in the amount of postage you buy, each time....and then you can just drop the package in a blue box and avoid the hassle of going to the post office.

Date Posted: 12/2/2007 10:48 PM ET
Member Since: 7/23/2006
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I have a scale sitting right next to my computer - I love it!

And yep, Richard's correct!  Adding a stamp is just fine :)

Date Posted: 12/3/2007 2:12 PM ET
Member Since: 11/30/2007
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Thank you for all of your help. It is nice to be here joining in all the fun.


Kelli and Ariel (My daughter)

Date Posted: 12/4/2007 7:35 PM ET
Member Since: 9/11/2005
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Kelli and Ariel:

Welcome to PBS!!  You will like it here.  I have learned to not trust the estimated weights and the estimated postage needed that PBS prints on the packages.  There are far (!!!) more often wrong than they are right.  I weigh everything I send out.  The weights are ust about as often long as they are short as the one you sent.  I am really not sure where they got the estimates that they use, but more of them are wrog than are right.  

Everybody (almost) here is very friendly and helpful---don't be reluctant to ask anything at all of the more experienced and longer-term members. 

Date Posted: 12/6/2007 10:10 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I've forgotten to add the weight of a "freebie" book a few times and made up the difference with stamps.  The only time it was a big deal was when the wrapper printed up first class for the one book.  Adding the 2nd book made going media mail cheaper. But it said 1st class in like 3 places.  So I had to add like 4 stamps to cover the 1st class rate for the 2 books. But not a big deal.

Date Posted: 12/10/2007 2:06 PM ET
Member Since: 6/15/2006
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Welcome! Glad you found us. A small kitche scale is invaluble and can save you time and money. I got mine on Ebay that goes up to 11 pounds. I use it for all kids of packages and also for cooking.

Date Posted: 12/11/2007 8:58 PM ET
Member Since: 11/18/2005
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I got my scale at Walmart and use it alot.  Welcome to the insanity!!

Date Posted: 12/14/2007 10:25 PM ET
Member Since: 4/11/2006
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I got my postage scale on EBay for a very reasonable price and it was worth every penny...no more second guessing t he weight.