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Thread: postage rates for books

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    Super Member Vanuatu Jill's Avatar
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    Just a bit of info for people selling (or buying) books on the board-my PO advised if we are sending books (not mags), request the "book rate"-it is less. He said if you have (like I was sending) one or two quilting books, soft cover, about 100 or so pages each, and it will fit into a plain manilla envelope, it will cost less than a flat rate envelope. I have two books going out in one envelope at $2.83 and one going out at $2.48. He says if they are magazines, they contain advertising, so you don't get the same rate as the book rate. It is good to know to keep postage down when sending books-not to just assume the flat-rate $4.95 is cheaper!

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    Yes, media mail is much cheaper, but cannot have any advertising in the books.

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    You have to be very good at packaging as USPS is brutal on books. I have received manila envelopes totally ripped open. With Media Mail you do not get the "free" Delivery Confirmation" that you get when using USPS.com website.

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    I find it takes quite q while. A member sent me one 2 weeks ago and I'm still waiting.

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    I was told that you can't have any correspondence with
    the books as well. I mailed two books to a friend and wrote just a tiny note that said, enjoy from me on a piece of paper. She put it thru anyway but for next time...books only.

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    I bought a quilting book on eBay from a seller located in Kansas. It took over TWO months before the book finally arrived. At that point, she had already refunded my money but I then informed her that it arrived and paid her for the book again. It even had a delivery confirmation. I had called numerous times and no one had any idea where the package was. It arrived very dirty but the book was fine. I have had TWO problems with packages getting to me sent via media mail. I prefer sending items first class mail but the weight limit can not exceed 13 oz. You learn a lot about the Postal services and which ones works best by selling. Priority mail is handle usually with care while media mail is not as important to them.

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    I just say "Media Mail".

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    Yes media mail is cheaper but it is also very much a "when they feel like getting around to it" service. It can take a long time to receive anything that way and the condition of the package is not always very good either.

    You get what you pay for!

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    I know its the rule, but seem to me that OLDE magazines have NO advertisments that would be any good, years and years later...wonder why you can't send that as media mail?

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    If you remove the advertisements from the magazines, could they then ship Media mail?

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    If you remove the advertisements from the magazines, could they then ship Media mail?
    Nope, not according to the post office.

    I mail a lot of books and would not put any but the thinnest in a manila envelope. I use poly mailers that I buy in bulk on ebay. (they are cheaper than Tyvek).

    You can get $.19 Delivery Confirmation with Media Mail if you print postage from Paypal. Unfortunately you can not print MM postage on the USPS website.

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    You can use the Tyvek mailers or padded envelopes and still send Media Mail. . . Doesn't have to be just a manila envelope

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    One of the reasons that "Media" and "Book" rates are slower is that they go through the bulk mail center. Bulk mail consists of parcels, advertising mail, etc. No first class, priority, periodicals, or Express Mail, goes to the bulk mail center. So, if you do send a book in a manilla envelope, it will be processed with all the heavier packages in the bulk mail center. All processing is done with machinery. I would never recommend using a manilla envelope for a book. At least use a padded mailer or a cushioned mailer...

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