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post #1 of 6 Old Jan 14th, 2012, 10:59 am Thread Starter
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Any of you folks regularly ship magazines or manuscripts by way of USPS, or UPS, or FedEx? Any hints on how to do it inexpensively?

I have a coupla contacts that are interested in my library of BMW ON rags - mostly on either a single issue interest, butt a few yearly runs as well. For the yearly spans, I weighed 12 issues and came up with an average of 8.5 lbs. I guess I could use the USPS priority box size that will fit and it's around 10-11 bones to stateside addresses, IIRC.

Just wondering if those folks who are engaged in that shipping bidness, or have recently gone thru an exercise in that category, have any tips or info I can use to decide. Within the next few weeks, I'll prolly pay a visit to our local P.O. and UPS shops; butt in the meantime, thought I'd check with the community. Thanks in advance, all.
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post #2 of 6 Old Jan 14th, 2012, 11:40 am
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Hiya Dick,

As librarian for the Vermont Beekeepers Association I use "media mail". USPS has a special rate for media. I can't print out the postage from home using the USPS website, not sure why but I have to go to the post office. Also, I'm not sure if there is a limit on parcel size/weigh; we generally use it for one book at a time.
But you might inquire about Media Mail, it is a cheaper rate.

Googled this up:
https://www.usps.com/send/media-mail.htm
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+1.

$10.00 for 20 lbs. is a bargain.... and it gets even less expensive (per lb.) as the weight increases. UPS or Fed Ex would probably get you for 4X the amount.


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Having owned a UPS Authorized drop-off store for 28 years, their & FedEx rates are much higher than media rate thru USPS. They are selling speed & traceability. Media rate is the least expensive, but if the package is time sensitive, it won't work as well. Check the estimates on time in transit before you decide.
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Hiya Dick,

As librarian for the Vermont Beekeepers Association I use "media mail". USPS has a special rate for media. I can't print out the postage from home using the USPS website, not sure why but I have to go to the post office. Also, I'm not sure if there is a limit on parcel size/weigh; we generally use it for one book at a time.
But you might inquire about Media Mail, it is a cheaper rate.

Googled this up:
https://www.usps.com/send/media-mail.htm
Hey, Curtis - thank for the 'googling' nudge. I forget about that avenue of learning!! And, regarding media mail - do magazines and periodicals qualify for MM? Nope - if I read their outerplanetary speak correctly!!

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Are magazines and newspapers among the eligible items for the Media Mail price?

No. Publications authorized to be mailed as Periodicals are not eligible to be mailed as Media Mail pieces. Members of the general public may mail copies of Periodicals publications at First-Class Mail or Parcel Post prices. Bound Periodicals may be mailed at Bound Printed Matter prices; however, Bound Printed Matter prices are not available in retail lobbies. We will accept Bound Printed Matter pieces for mailing at the retail window (as well as collection boxes and letter carriers, as appropriate) when the customer pre-applies the correct postage using any of the current forms: adhesive stamps, meter strips, or pc postage.
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Thanks again, Curtis. My headache just went away!! J/K.

Hmmmm - I wonder if MOA has archived ON on the internet somewhere?!!?
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Having owned a UPS Authorized drop-off store for 28 years, their & FedEx rates are much higher than media rate thru USPS. They are selling speed & traceability. Media rate is the least expensive, but if the package is time sensitive, it won't work as well. Check the estimates on time in transit before you decide.
Thanks, Warren - I kinda figgered UPS and FedEx weren't set up for handling periodicals and magazines, etc. Just thought they may have a little-used program for bulk handling in customary package sizing. Having yet to talk with USPS, I'm thinking a Priority Mail box that'll handle 12 issues of ON for stateside delivery is the way I'll go - I'm not out the monies, as I'm giving the issues away and the recipient will provide shipping/handling fees. At less than a buck an issue, still cheaper than ordering back issues from the publisher or archiver.

Thanks for the discussion, folks. Now back to your scheduled internet entertainment venue!!!
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