Discussion Forums - USPS Postal Regulations USPS Postal Regulations

Topic: Question regarding postage

Club rule - Please, if you cannot be courteous and respectful, do not post in this forum.
  Unlock Forum posting with Annual Membership.
Subject: Question regarding postage
Date Posted: 3/4/2013 7:49 PM ET
Member Since: 1/7/2013
Posts: 2
Back To Top

I'm mailing a book soon that must be mailed from a post office due to it's weight being >13oz. I am planning on printing the wrapper that provides postage and USPS tracking. Will this option cover all postage that must be on the package or will I have to affix any more postage due to the fact that it's over  13oz and being mailed from the post office?

Date Posted: 3/4/2013 8:29 PM ET
Member Since: 8/18/2008
Posts: 7,759
Back To Top

If you are using printable postage, then you can mail from any mailbox or blue box.  It's only if you are using stamps or need to add postage do you need to take it to the post office.  There is no additional fee beyond the printable postage price for it being over 13 oz.  Hope that helps!

Date Posted: 3/4/2013 9:06 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
Posts: 14,171
Back To Top

What Shelia said yes

As long as you have the correct weight, pre-printed postage can be blue-boxed and does not need to be passed over the Post Office counter.

Date Posted: 3/4/2013 9:14 PM ET
Member Since: 1/7/2013
Posts: 2
Back To Top

Okay thanks for helping. smiley

Date Posted: 3/11/2013 12:02 PM ET
Member Since: 8/21/2008
Posts: 725
Back To Top

What you are saying about being able to put a package with online paid preprinted postage into a blue box is technically correct per law.  However, we discovered when we moved that this is NOT acceptable at all Post Offices.  We have to present them to a clerk although we don't always have to stand on the line if there are a lot of people and they see us.  Not a problem too often but if you arrive at lunchtime you have to wait an hour for them to finish eating.

 

This is true in 2 local counties - I have no idea why but it may be true in other places too.

Date Posted: 3/11/2013 12:20 PM ET
Member Since: 4/11/2007
Posts: 822
Back To Top

"This is true in 2 local counties - I have no idea why but it may be true in other places too."

I have found this, as well. However, I have talked with the postmasters at those units where they seem to think that they need to require this. Both have indicated that while it's not a USPS regulation, they prefer that you bring ANY package above 13oz into the clerk. Fortunately, these two units are low enough volume that there's rarely a wait of more than a couple of minutes. When pressed, both admitted that there is nothing they can do if a customer puts a 13+ ounce package in the blue box.

Date Posted: 3/11/2013 1:17 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
Posts: 14,171
Back To Top

Katie, if your blue boxed packages with prepaid postage (ie trackable) are being returned, you might consider complaining upline.  Local preferences do not make it right, and frankly employees are supposed to be handling the mail less not more.  The end goal is to cut costs by handling mail less frequently and more efficiently...not to mention the customer annoyance and hassle factor. 

About the only circumstance that requires handing packages directly to a postal employee, are stamps on a package over 13 oz..  <ost other postage is now trackable and that security requirement does not apply...a waste of their time and yours.

Date Posted: 3/11/2013 4:22 PM ET
Member Since: 8/21/2008
Posts: 725
Back To Top

I do not wish to complain about them.  They are wonderful people, very helpful and doing what they believe is correct.  They do not seem to make the distinction between stamps put on a package and prepaid label - both are regarded if, over 13 oz., as having customer applied postage.

 

 

Date Posted: 3/12/2013 8:14 PM ET
Member Since: 5/4/2009
Posts: 389
Back To Top

Don't think of it as a complaint, think of it as constructive criticism. Really, it will help them follow the same rules as most other post offices.

Date Posted: 3/13/2013 12:26 AM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
Posts: 14,171
Back To Top

Sarah yes  that's the DMM regulation, they need to be on board same as other postal branches.

Date Posted: 3/16/2013 11:43 AM ET
Member Since: 7/24/2011
Posts: 1
Back To Top


Last Edited on: 3/16/13 11:43 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
mistie -
Date Posted: 3/16/2013 9:20 PM ET
Member Since: 9/27/2007
Posts: 2,017
Back To Top

I do not wish to complain about them. 

Along the lines of Sarah's reply, don' think of it as criticism, think of it as helping to further their education :-)

Date Posted: 3/18/2013 9:46 AM ET
Member Since: 4/28/2009
Posts: 9,567
Back To Top

This seems to run in the same vein as not being able to use an APC machine to mail out packages via media mail-- those ALL have to go to the counter.

Date Posted: 3/18/2013 9:52 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
Posts: 14,171
Back To Top

APC is trackable postage, it shouldn't need to go over the counter.

Date Posted: 3/19/2013 10:38 AM ET
Member Since: 5/25/2010
Posts: 262
Back To Top

Jeanne, you are mistaken (and so are some postal employees). Media mail can be mailed with any kind of postage - APC, stamps, printable postage. It's just that the APC machines aren't programmed to allow you to click "Media Mail." If you already know the amount of postage that is needed, you can ask the APC to print out that exact amount, and use that postage for your media mail.

Date Posted: 3/19/2013 7:25 PM ET
Member Since: 4/28/2009
Posts: 9,567
Back To Top

Ok, but the label will say "first class" or "priority" as there is no MEDIA MAIL designator thru an APC.

Date Posted: 3/30/2013 3:44 PM ET
Member Since: 5/26/2009
Posts: 111
Back To Top

What label? It's just a stamp.  You can buy a stamp in any amount at an APC.  I just buy one for the correct amount and make sure "media mail" is clearly written on the package itself. I've never noticed the stamps that print out saying anything about priority or first class mail. I've been mailing media mail like this since I joined PBS and not had any trouble.