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Subject: shipping costs
Date Posted: 6/22/2011 9:02 AM ET
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I have found that the "suggested shipping rate" this site puts on the mailing label is wrong 1 time out of 3.  They are not wrong by suggesting less than the post office requires, they are above.  If you do this, you could save money by letting the post office tell you the cost of mailing your book rather than letting this site do it.  (Knowledge is power.)

Date Posted: 6/22/2011 10:14 AM ET
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I agree!

Date Posted: 6/22/2011 10:28 AM ET
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My daughter bought a scale, so we weigh our books and input that weight before we print our labels. It has saved us both some $$$$.  It is similar to the scale that this sight sells. I can find out price we paid and where she got it, if anyone is interested.

Date Posted: 6/22/2011 10:41 AM ET
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I use my old weight watcher food scale. 

Amy T. -
Date Posted: 6/22/2011 10:45 AM ET
Member Since: 10/30/2009
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I also use a food scale

Date Posted: 6/22/2011 2:40 PM ET
Member Since: 3/28/2011
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Do you mean that the printable postage is usually wrong?  Just making sure I understand.  I've been using that for the convenience and for the instant credit, but if I'm understanding you right, maybe I need to check on this more closely............

Date Posted: 6/22/2011 5:42 PM ET
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I use my own scale and agree it is often wrong what is suggested on this site. Even when I use the on-line postage, I still change the weight based on what my scale shows.

Subject: Shipping costs
Date Posted: 6/22/2011 9:00 PM ET
Member Since: 10/23/2006
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How does a food scale tell you how many stamps to to attach? Do you have a weight scale to go by?


Date Posted: 6/22/2011 9:16 PM ET
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Karen - Most food scales will weigh packages up to 5 pounds.  So, if you weigh a book and the scale says 8.2 ounces, you can check the USPS site and see that 9 ounces (round up) is $2.41 for media mail or $2.73 first class mail.

Subject: Shipping costs
Date Posted: 6/22/2011 11:59 PM ET
Member Since: 10/23/2006
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Thanks, Robin. I have learned something new today because of you and since I have a food scale, I will put it to use. : ) Karen