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Subject: sending first class
Date Posted: 1/5/2009 10:04 PM ET
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I have noticed that for some reason my labels come out saying "first class' and sometimes 'media mail", is there a way to always have it come out saying "first class"?
Date Posted: 1/5/2009 10:06 PM ET
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It depends on the weight of the book.  Sometimes it is cheaper to send the book first class and that is when the wrapper prints that way.   I am not sure if there is any way to make it always do that.

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 1/5/2009 10:07 PM ET
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If you are not using printable postage from this site, then just put a weight of less than 7 oz into the box on the wrapper setup page. It's cheaper to send a small book First Class than Media Mail, so if PBS thinks the book is small it prints the First Class wrapper.

If you are using printable postage, then there is no way to send all your books First Class.

Date Posted: 1/5/2009 10:22 PM ET
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If you weigh the book and find out First Class is cheaper than Media Mail, you can always black out the Media Mail on the label.  That's what I do or I put a white sticker over it and write First Class.

Date Posted: 1/5/2009 10:26 PM ET
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If you take the book to the PO to mail it, you can request that they check to see which way is the cheapest to send.  Sometimes PBS marks it MEDIA when it's actually cheaper to send FIRST CLASS. My PO is always happy to do this for me.  They will even then either mark through or put a label over what is printed on the PBS label, and remark it for you.  Pat

Date Posted: 1/5/2009 10:27 PM ET
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Subject: thanks everyone
Date Posted: 1/6/2009 5:11 AM ET
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that was very helpful.
Date Posted: 1/6/2009 8:50 AM ET
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You can also weigh the book ( I don't trust PBS weight) and look up the cost for 1st class postage on the post office website.  I do that sometimes when I'm just sticking stamps on a smaller book and putting it into my mail box.  If 1st class is just a bit more then I cover the media mail markign with a label and write on 1st class.

Date Posted: 1/6/2009 10:37 AM ET
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I just cross that part out sometimes and tell them to send it which ever way is cheaper.