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Topic: How do I know how much my book weighs?

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Subject: How do I know how much my book weighs?
Date Posted: 8/30/2007 1:12 PM ET
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Probably a stupid question, but how do I know if my book is over 13 ounces?  I'm not going to buy a scale, but is there a way to tell based on the recommended postage amount?

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Date Posted: 8/30/2007 1:45 PM ET
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Without a scale, you can't know for sure.

The recommended postage amount is sometimes in error.  I've had PBs that were clearly less than a pound with an over a pound suggested postage.

I guess you could take it to your PO and weigh it on a postal scale or APC machine.


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Date Posted: 8/30/2007 3:36 PM ET
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I look up the book by ISBN on Amazon.com and use the weight they give. I've sent 400+ using stamps.com and the weight given by Amazon and haven't had one book come up with postage due.

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Date Posted: 8/31/2007 12:38 AM ET
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I'd buy a scale.  PBS has them available in the kiosk................

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Date Posted: 8/31/2007 7:14 AM ET
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You could always get a cheap little food scale.  That's what I use.  They are like a dollar or two at Wal-Mart.  They go up to 16 oz.  I figure it can be an oz. or two off, so if it's close, I go to the PO.

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Date Posted: 8/31/2007 10:53 AM ET
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Hmm... like the posters above,  I use a kitchen scale.

You could compare the weight of your package against 13 oz. of water (in a very lightweight containter of some sort-- perhaps a ziplock bag?) "A pint's a pound the world around", and all that (1 fluid oz of water = 1 ounce of weight)... a 12 oz. vs. 13 oz. difference would be difficult to judge, however...

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Date Posted: 8/31/2007 12:51 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/31/2007 8:30 PM ET
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my mail carrier is refusing to take any packages, even if they are under 13 oz. So i am now stuck going to the post office for all my books, not just the heavy ones! :-(

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Date Posted: 9/1/2007 2:34 AM ET
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I'm told Kelly(by my mailman) - that it is a mail carriers option - but if I were you I'd at least ask at your PO and see if refusing to pick up yours is their policy or not

My mail man says he does not HAVE to pick up any outgoing mail.  He only has to deliver mail.     When I asked at my PO, they sighed and said a few of the carriers refuse to pick up mail.     Then never did say for sure it it was policy or not.

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Date Posted: 9/4/2007 1:40 PM ET
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I'm a letter carrier (and not a man) and I sometimes have to pick up parcels and lots of mail... if there is a lot, I go back to the place with my truck! When I did not have a truck, a collection box was usually close by or I let a truck driver know that I put an outgoing a parcel in the green relay boxes where mail is stored for delivery. FYI: Each section of mail a carrier delivers before doing another is a relay. But... it can seem annoying when you have a walk out route and there is a collection box right next to a business and the reception person gives the carrier mail. Oh well, in that case I used to think, "I am burning off their calories!" Your carrier should pick it up in my opinion!
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Date Posted: 9/5/2007 7:17 PM ET
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I compare my outgoing books with some canned goods in my pantry.  In fact, I just "weighed" a package against a can of corn and a big can of peaches.  (The corn won.)  I came here intending to ask for scale reccomndations!

My carrier picks up my pacakges when I use the USPS Schedule a Pick Up to let him know.  Of course, I have to have at least one package going Priority.  

I have a blue box across the street but it seemed that when I put packages in it they either get sent back to me or they take forever to be delivered.  You can put in any package that fits if you use electronic postage (ei, not actual stamps), but rules apply by weight if you use stamps. 

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