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Subject: Can I send box of books using APC machie?
Date Posted: 12/10/2008 6:16 PM ET
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I never send any box of books using APC machine and I was can I do that? I was think I was first going weight the box of books in the machine and then type the amount it would cost for the weight (like say if the box weight 3lb then it would cost $2.93) and write on the box media mail on it? Would that work or no?


Date Posted: 12/10/2008 7:23 PM ET
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Yes, that'll work.  The machine will weigh it, you just have to buy the amount of postage you need from the machine then.  You'll have to know how much because the machine does not give you the option to choose Media Mail.  It does let you buy postage in whatever amount you want though.

Subject: Using the APC for Media Mail
Date Posted: 12/10/2008 7:24 PM ET
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The first thing you need to know is there isn't an option to do Media Mail on the APC.

Which isn't a problem as long as you know how to print out a differential stamp.

There will be a drop chute next to the APC or in the wall nearby. You just have to check to ensure the box you are mailing will fit the chute.

Using the menu for mailing a package, weigh the box of books to get your weight in pounds and then cancel the request.  Then select "Stamps" , then differential stamp, and then type in the postage amount you need (basically $1.00- $249.00)

If you need several stamps for media mail then you want to use a credit card (that way you can do several transactions in a row)  If you use a debit card you will have to swipe and enter your pin number for each transaction.

So for a 1 pound box it's $2.23, 2# is $2.58, 3# $2.93 etc (each additional pound or portion of a pound is 35 cents)

Once you have the correct postage (which is a metered stamp 1 inch by 2 inches) just apply it to the box and make sure you have "Media Mail" written on the package.

Don't use a priority box or fail to write Media Mail on the package, otherwise the receiver will get it postage due.

Another thing you can do is once you have purchased a $1.00+ stamp is you can then print out any denomination of stamps less than a dollar.

I will print out 6 cents, 17 cents, 34 or 35 cents. Using them with a combination of regular 42 cent stamps I can apply postage at any time and drop books into a blue box. (Not that it's a problem since I'm a Postal Supervisor)  You can also buy 17 cent stamps which is the additional ounce cost.

If the weight is > 13 ounces you will have to use a meter strip, click n ship or an APC stamp or go over the window if it's stamps only.

Typical weights and costs for a first class book or media mail is:

<4 ounce  $1.68  4 x 0.42

<5 ounce  $1.85  4 x 0.42 + 1 x 0.17

<6 ounce  $2.02  4 x 0.42 + 2 x 0.17

<7 ounce $2.19   5 x 0.42 + 1 x 0.06 + 3 x 0.01       or  4 x 0.42 + 3 x 0.17       (I have a bunch of 1, 2, & 3 cent stamps I am using up)

>7- 15.99 ounces would be Media Mail  and I use 5 x 0.42 + 2 x 0.06 + a 1 cent stamp.

Each additional pound would be 35 cents so you can always buy a bunch of differential stamps such as several $2.23 + several 0.35 cents and apply as needed and drop in a blue box.

There is a date on the stamps which is the "Date of Sale"


Date Posted: 12/10/2008 8:43 PM ET
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WOW Patricia..thanks A LOT! You answer all my question.:D

Also, thank you Sarah!

Linda S. (thk) - ,
Date Posted: 2/24/2009 6:23 PM ET
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Patricia/Kevin,  (or anyone else)

Is there a place you can point me to in the USPS website, that says the APC postage can be used at any time?   That is a new topic in my "discussion" with the staff at my closest PO.  I fully believe it; they don't.

Date Posted: 2/25/2009 1:08 AM ET
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Great info Kevin/Patricia, thanks!

Linda, good question about APC postage dates.  Been wondering the same.  Lots of members here purchase APC ahead of time and apply when needed, that the date doesn't apply to it same as stamps.  But so many post offices are anal about dates.

Date Posted: 2/25/2009 9:53 AM ET
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Ditto on Linda's request, does anyone have a regulations citation for that?  I would love it if I could pre-buy stamps in media mail increments from an APC but they all print with a date.  I've been told repeatedly (and we have this issue with PBS electronic postage) that it must be mailed within 48 hours of the date or it will need a new date-stamp at the post office.  And for that you have to go inside and wait in line which pretty much cancels out the benefits of buying postage ahead of time.

Date Posted: 2/25/2009 2:38 PM ET
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I've heard this one both ways, so you will need an authority to get a definitive answer.  Have you tried USPS online helper?  The most knowledgeable sounding person posted that for APO postage the date is a purchase date and not mailing date.  That similar to stamps, APO is good whenever.  If your PO is already being uneducated you may want to print that portion of the postal code to keep on hand.  Good luck!