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Subject: Sky High Postage ?
Date Posted: 2/18/2009 3:31 PM ET
Member Since: 1/19/2009
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So, I had some books that had to go in the mail today and my son ended up sick, so I asked my Mother in Law to go and mail these 2 packages for me. One was a single paperback book, less than 6 oz. And the other was 3 books, they were about 19 oz all together. So she takes them to the UPS store and she said she told the guy she just wanted to mail these, he asked if she wanted UPS or just regular US mail she told him regular mail. Anyway, he charged her 11.00 for the 3 books, and 8.40 for the 1 book. Why on earth would it have cost this much? She brought me the reciept and it isn't detailed, it just says "1st class mail" and the price. 

Sheesh, I usually use printable postage, but for some reason I didn't this time, I learned my lesson.........

Date Posted: 2/18/2009 3:59 PM ET
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It cost so much becuase she went to a UPS store and not the post office. The UPS store charged her extra for using them and probably didn't use media mail. 

If she had gone to the actual post office it would have been much cheaper.  The 6oz book probably could have gone for around $2 1st class and the others for about $2.23-$2.50 (I can't remember the media mail rates off the top of my head). 

Date Posted: 2/18/2009 4:27 PM ET
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Oh. 

 Well, she didn't know any different, and I wouldn't have known they would charge that much extra to have warned her and told her to use the post office.  I knew you had to pay a charge but never in a million years would I have thought it that much more.  I knew she wouldn't have tried to use media mail though, (because I had already sealed them) so I was expecting regular 1st class mail rate, which is higher than Media Mail, but not as high as what she paid.  Oh well, next time we'll know.

Date Posted: 2/18/2009 5:11 PM ET
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 I knew she wouldn't have tried to use media mail though, (because I had already sealed them)  - just wanted to ask why she would use MM just because you've sealed them? You can use media mail when you take them sealed. Only a few incorrect POs tell people they have to come with the package open.

Date Posted: 2/18/2009 6:16 PM ET
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well, at my post office here in the town I live in, you can always take them in sealed and I have NEVER had a problem, however I tried to mail use Media mail from the post office in the next town over and got into a big ordeal, not that I couldn't seal them before I came in, but that they "had the right to open them to check" so they opened both my books.  I asked the guy at my regular post office, and he said they could open to check, but unless they see reason, no one probably ever would.  So I told her to go ahead and send these 1st class, just in case another one that decided to use their "right to check". I didn't want her to have to deal with it.  I should have been more clear about that in my earlier post. I told her not to use MM, just in case she ran into a problem, which in a regular post office wouldn't have made but a small $$ difference.

 



Last Edited on: 2/18/09 6:17 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/18/2009 7:08 PM ET
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They do have the right to inpsect media mail. But they aren't supposed to make you bring it in open.  I think usually it is just spot inspected or if the package looks an odd shape to be books.  Also they might inspect if it looks like you are reusing a Priority mailer which is against the post office rules. 

Date Posted: 2/19/2009 1:02 AM ET
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$8.40 for one paperback must have been Priority Mail or something.  I've sent paperbacks under 7 oz. first class for less than $2.50 each.



Last Edited on: 2/19/09 1:02 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/21/2009 11:04 AM ET
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Any mailing store like that that's not actually run by the post office will also charge different fees and they mark up the postage to make money of it. Some grocery stores will do this as well if they sell stamps. I bought a book of stamps at the grocery store one time and they had like a 1 or 2 cent per stamp surcharge for the convenience. 

Date Posted: 2/22/2009 3:05 AM ET
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It's my understanding if the PO opens your mail, there is a protocol that requires the presence of the postmaster.  Fussing at customers at the USPS counter is rather anal.  Thanks for the warning, I didn't know the indi postage places charged such high fees.