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Subject: Trivia books eligible for MM rate?
Date Posted: 2/26/2013 10:59 PM ET
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I'm mailing out a hardcover trivia book ("Obsessed with Baseball: Test Your Knowledge of America's Pastime") that has an electronic device attached to answer the questions (it can be seen in the lower-right corner of the book image). Because of this, would I have to send the book Standard Post (or whatever Parcel Post is now called), or is it considered an "incidental enclosure"? Any guidance would be much appreciated!

Date Posted: 2/27/2013 12:48 AM ET
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Here's my 2¢...

A few years ago, we ordered several kids' books with something similar attached to it for one of our grands. (They were those book/electronics things that played noises and songs to go along with the pictures/text.) Anyway, the box was shipped Media Mail and arrived resealed by the USPS after having been "Opened for Inspection". Since it was (1) delivered and not returned to the sender and (2) the carrier didn't come knocking with a postage due request, that Media Mail was valid for those items. By inference, I would say your item qualifies as 'incidental enclosure' and can be sent via Media Mail. Of course, to be 100% sure, you should probably ask someone at your local USPS.

Date Posted: 2/27/2013 2:49 PM ET
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What Ed said yes  But I would also like to hear from a USPS employee.  Regardless of the 'bound printed matter' criteria, not everything qualifies for Media Mail...such as blank books, photo albums, etc.

Date Posted: 3/3/2013 9:32 PM ET
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hmm, Denise--that sounds like "journals" can't be mailed media mail as they are "blank books".  My PO clerks say I can mail journals or diaries that way.

Date Posted: 3/3/2013 9:58 PM ET
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"...'journals' can't be mailed media mail as they are 'blank books'. My PO clerks say I can mail journals or diaries that way."

Interestingly enough, just before Christmas, a local post master told me the exact opposite. I had bought a half-dozen really nice diaries for our grands. The least expensive service turned out to be Priority, which was almost double what it would have been had they let me send it Media Mail.



Last Edited on: 3/4/13 10:44 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/3/2013 10:17 PM ET
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I haven't specifically asked about journals, but adding together bits and pieces blank media (journals, blank books, CD's, and DVD's) do not qualify for Media Mail.  Printed matter and pre-recorded CD's & DVD's qualify.  Frankly, Media Mail is not a well understood rate.  There's even some staff that advise customers they can mail boxes of mixed household goods Media Mail....so long as there is at least one book included.  Totally false, and when they discover those via inspections, they actually trace them back to the postal branch that offered incorrect information.