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Subject: sending books with stamps - a few questions
Date Posted: 8/14/2008 1:52 PM ET
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Okay I hope someone can help me. I have a ton of stamps here, and I have boxes of books to send out.


Some of the stamps do not have an amount on them. I THINK they are 31 or 32 cent stamps since they were bought 8-10 years ago. Can I use these on boxes of books being sent media mail? Is there any way to find out for sure how much these stamps are worth?


and also - as for handing it to a postal worker, does handing it to the local mail man work? I always send one priority because the PO is not handy to me, and it's cheaper than gas. He picks up all my media mail as long as I have at least 1 priority mail item. Does that work for the 13 oz rule with stamps?


thanks in advance

Date Posted: 8/14/2008 7:38 PM ET
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You can use the unmarked stamps, just look up how much they are worth.  I bet it's somewhere on the USPS site.

You will need to ask your mail carrier if it's okay to give him books with stamps on them that weigh over 13 ounces.  it should work for the 13 oz rule with stamps but I'd ask him directly to be sure it's okay.

Date Posted: 8/14/2008 8:11 PM ET
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Carriers are not allowed to accept packages that are over 13 ounces anymore.

This link shows the stamp pictures and values....


Date Posted: 8/15/2008 9:42 AM ET
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And as for your local carrier- as long as it's under 13 oz he should pick it up no matter whether you're sending anything out priority or not. 

Date Posted: 9/7/2008 2:01 AM ET
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I found the link, you can find non-denominated stamps here - http://pe.usps.gov/text/qsg300/Q604a.htm



Date Posted: 9/7/2008 3:09 PM ET
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Here's one in full color (I can't believe the USPS's list is mostly black & white): http://www.knottywood-treasures.com/id39.html

Scott out.

Date Posted: 9/7/2008 7:20 PM ET
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When I use printable postage, my post lady has no problem taking my packages. Are you saying that if I used stamps, she couldn't take them? That really makes no sense at all.

Subject: Stamps
Date Posted: 9/7/2008 7:36 PM ET
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Not if it over 13 ounces.....if you can't get to the PO, perhaps printable postage is the way to go.  THEN the mail person can pick it up, no matter how big the papckage is.

Subject: What you can do is buy stamps at an APC
Date Posted: 9/7/2008 8:21 PM ET
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Since I work at a Post Office I just print whatever amount of postage I need from the APC for my books.

First class rate based upon weight: $1.68, $1.85, $2.02, $2.19 for 4-7 ounce books. I also print up extras and then I also print out several 17 cent stamps when I need to upgrade such as I'm out of $2.02 stamps but have several $1.85. Just add a 17cent stamp for the weight of the book.

For Media Mail rate greater than 7 ounce up to 1 lb is $2.23. 1-2 pounds is $2.58, 2-3 pounds is $2.93 etc add 35 cents for each additional pound increment.

I will print out several $2.23 since I use them the most and then buy several 35 cent or 70 cent stamps for the combinations of higher postage based upon weight.

I have seen boxes literally covered with stamps.

What you can do is go to an APC and print out stamps (requires a Debit or Credit card) if you use a credit card you can print out several different stamp denominations in sequence.

What you can do is print out say a 30 cent stamp from the APC and use it on your box of books along with your stamps. Even if it's over 13 ounces you have met the conditional requirement of printable postage that can track the package back to you via your credit card.

Of course I would recommend you use a calibrated scale to ensure you aren't short on postage. I would also recommend that you write on the package what the postage is and or the weight.

I.E. 14 ounces Postage Applied $2.23 (or $2.25 if that was what the combination of stamps that you used came to.


Date Posted: 9/8/2008 9:49 PM ET
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When I use printable postage, my post lady has no problem taking my packages. Are you saying that if I used stamps, she couldn't take them? That really makes no sense at all. Colleen, this is because of the 13oz rule. Traceable postage such as PBS printable postage, APC postage, Ebay postage etc does not need to go to the PO, but anything with all stamps and 13oz or more needs to be taken to the retail counter at an actual Post Office. Some carriers will still take them even though they are not supposed to do it. If they take it and don't cancel the stamps, it could come right back to you. Over 13oz they want to be able to track; either through your payment method on traceable postage, or the cameras at the retail counters.

Darla - if you look really, really close is there a date printed on the stamps? most of mine of a minute little printed of the date on one of the edges and it just check the first class rate for that year.