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Subject: Two different postage costs???
Date Posted: 9/9/2007 6:10 PM ET
Member Since: 10/17/2005
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When I went to print a label, PBS, on the screen where you choose the wrapper, said that it would be $2.15 for first class mail.  Then, when printing the label, the label now says that it costs $1.98 to mail.

Which should I go by--the $2.15 that PBS says or the $1.98?  Also, why would PBS state that it's $2.15?

Thanks.

Date Posted: 9/9/2007 7:52 PM ET
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What does the book weigh, Lynn? The $1.98 cost for first class is for a not over 6 oz parcel and the $2.15 cost is for a not over 7 oz. parcel. If you have no way to weigh the book, go with the higher $2.15. That will ensure that it arrives with no postage due charges.

Date Posted: 9/9/2007 10:25 PM ET
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Connie, I just checked it.  PBS says the book is 6.7 ounces, so I'll go with the $2.15.  Thanks for your advice. 

Besides, with the stamp denominations I have I don't have stamps for the $1.98; I'd have to use 4 $.41 stamps and 17 $.02 stamps to equal $1.98 exactly!!!!  The book is not big enough for that.

Date Posted: 9/11/2007 3:33 PM ET
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This just happened to me as well. After clicking "Print Wrapper", the page said that the book weighed 6.7 ounces and that the postage should be $2.15 for first class.  I weighed it on my postage scale and the book weighed exactly 6.7 ounce (without the wrapping).  Printed out the wrapper, and the box in the upper corner says that the suggested posted is $1.98! 

Definitely a bit confusing! 

 

(Edited to fix typo.)



Last Edited on: 9/12/07 6:26 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/11/2007 4:10 PM ET
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I just printed one out that should cost $1.98 but the wrapper says "suggested media mail rate $1.47". I entered the correct weight before printing the label because the suggested weight was wrong. I haven't a clue where it got $1.47 for media mail when it should be $2.13, the lowest media rate available. I also wonder why it even says media mail in the stamp area being that it printed out "first class" on the label.  At 5.2 ounces it's definitely going first class. I bring all my mail into the PO to purchase postage, but I could see where this would cause some confusion for those who don't.

Date Posted: 9/11/2007 6:07 PM ET
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Just a guess but I'm sure it's a software issue.  The system is figuring the postage correct based on the weight and marking First Class when it's appropriate but not changing the labeling in the postage area.  Maybe the programmer wanted another few grand to include that feature??  :-)

Date Posted: 9/18/2007 3:25 PM ET
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I have been having the same thing happen ever since the ability to print postage on the label came into effect.

I should clarify that this only seems to happen when I am NOT printing postage.

If it is a first class rate, it ALWAYS prints out one weight level less than it should (like $1.81 when it should be $1.98), and what it told me it would be on the screen -- it's very confusing!

I'm lucky that I drive past a post office every day and can mail from there and double-check the rates, but if I didn't I would have a steady stream of packages returned to me for insufficient postage!