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Subject: stamp question
Date Posted: 11/9/2014 2:43 PM ET
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Silly question... I use stamps for pretty much each book I mail.  Right now I use 2 $1 stamps, 1 forever stamps and 2 10 cent stamps - is that the easiest way?  

Date Posted: 11/9/2014 3:09 PM ET
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I use the self service machine at the post office and buy $2.69 postal stamps. I usually get 6 at a time, but you can get as many or as few as you want

Date Posted: 11/9/2014 4:04 PM ET
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The easiest way is whatever is easiest and most convenient for you.  I use stamps and keep a variety of them on hand.  My post office doesn't have a self service machine.  I used to buy postage from work to mail my books but we no longer have  a postage machine and just use stamps.

Date Posted: 11/9/2014 6:13 PM ET
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I've been using two postcard stamps, two one dollars, and what ever penny stamps I need to make it add up to nine. (I have a bunch of the previous two rates of postcard stamps.)

Date Posted: 11/9/2014 7:44 PM ET
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I've used 2 $ 1 stamps, a Forever stamp and a 20 cent stamp. Also have used 2 $1 stamps, a 66 cent stamp and a 3 cent stamp. I love it when they have the $2 stamps, but lately they haven't had them in stock except for the upside down Jenny stamp and I think there are only 6 on a sheet.

Date Posted: 11/10/2014 9:12 AM ET
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You can order stamps from the post office website and they have all sorts of denominations available.

Date Posted: 11/10/2014 1:33 PM ET
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Yeah, I just get 2.69 stamps from the machine, 6 at a time.

Subject: correct postage
Date Posted: 11/10/2014 7:29 PM ET
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i rarely use stamps nowbut use pre paid postage. When I started at PBS i did use stamps and bought them from USPS

Date Posted: 11/10/2014 9:59 PM ET
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Thank you everybody!!

Subject: Just a thought
Date Posted: 11/11/2014 7:53 PM ET
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Hi Patti;

 

Some advice - If a package weights 13 ounces or more, you have to personally hand it to a clerk, and not put it in a mailbox.  (According to the postal regulations, anyway.)  The automated machines you occasionally see are OK, but around here they don't process media mail.

 

Larry

 

 

Date Posted: 11/11/2014 8:14 PM ET
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Actually, you can select to buy a "different value stamp" on the APC machines. You need to know the media rate and have the book labeled as such. But you can use the APC for media rate.

I have a print out of the PBS rate page that I take with me.

The PBS Postage, or any electronic postage, is also acceptable under the 13 oz rule. The idea is that they can back track it to you.

Date Posted: 11/14/2014 7:13 PM ET
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Just a reminder that if a book is small and light it might be cheaper to use first class mail. 

On the other hand, if a book weighs even 1/100th of an ounce over one pound you have to pay the two pound media mail rate.

Maybe I am imagining it, but it seems that many are assuming that all books can be mailed for the same price.  The heavier the book, themore expensive the postage.

Date Posted: 11/14/2014 8:46 PM ET
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I actually use the scale on the APC, then go back, back, back, and select the Buy Stamps, Different Value.