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Topic: Can I pay for DC and send it first class?

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Subject: Can I pay for DC and send it first class?
Date Posted: 8/2/2007 2:21 AM ET
Member Since: 4/23/2006
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I have a book that weighs just under 4 ounces. I am using a 6 x 9 envelope for mailing. Can I mail this by first class parcel and still use the PBS delivery confirmation?  Postage on 4 ounces is cheaper than Media Mail for 1 pound. ($1.64 ), But I am not sure if I can use the DC, If not, I would not bother to buy the PBS DC for this book. I need a quick answer before I print my label.

Harlean G.

Date Posted: 8/2/2007 10:10 AM ET
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I keep hearing there's a lower weight limit (what weight, I don't know) and a thickness limit (which is 3/4") to DC -- less than that, the PO doesn't let you use it, on first class parcels.

Date Posted: 8/2/2007 2:31 PM ET
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You can use the PBS DC.  Just make sure you cross out "USPS Media Mail' 


Date Posted: 8/3/2007 2:58 AM ET
Member Since: 4/23/2006
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Thanks, Wendy, That  is exactly what I needed to know.


Date Posted: 8/4/2007 1:33 PM ET
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I use it all the time. The only problem I have encountered was when a book was very thin and pretty small and it was just considered a letter instead of a parcel. She let me send it with DC anyway that one time but told me I would not be allowed to do that again. So now if I get something that is small and thin like that, I throw in an extra book or a sheaf of paper or something.

Date Posted: 8/4/2007 9:10 PM ET
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I was just going to say, stick a piece of cardboard in the package as well. That would bring it up to 3/4 inch!