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Post Posted: Wed Jun 14, 2006 2:07 pm 
 

No, the 1 lbs. rule applys to any packages - even Priority Mail (including the Flat Rate envelopes).  I've asked and been told it is for security reasons.


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Post Posted: Wed Jun 14, 2006 2:36 pm 
 

Beyondthebreach wrote:
The Wraith wrote:Here's my addition to this thread...

You can't send items less that 3/4" in thickness via media mail, plus media rate shipping is subject to inspection. If you're shipping items with advertisments in them, you're not suppose to send them via media rate. Those are the 2 reasons why I ship most of my single item orders via priority mail. If there are more than one item being ordered, and they can measure a thicknedd of 3/4" or more, I usually add media to the invoice as an option. 3/5 people notice and take the option.



This is not true . . . really, it isn't.  That is a restriction for sending First Class parcels with the ebay shipping service.  I've sent upwards of 1,000 Media mail packages less than 3/4" thick and there's never been a problem.  I also just double checked media mail requirements and that isn't one of them.


Guess I'm just getting dicked around by my post office then.  :oops:


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Post Posted: Wed Jun 14, 2006 2:58 pm 
 

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Guess I'm just getting dicked around by my post office then.  :oops:


I heard these kind of stories several times.  The worker's at the "local" station get some sort of misinformation and they all think it's true . . . just politely explain that you looked into it and weren't able to find this restriction.  Add that other post offices don't follow this rule and ask them to verify it.  They should have a very LARGE book with all the rules and regulations for mailing items.  Have them look it up.


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Post Posted: Wed Jun 14, 2006 8:09 pm 
 

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I heard these kind of stories several times.  The worker's at the "local" station get some sort of misinformation and they all think it's true . . . just politely explain that you looked into it and weren't able to find this restriction.  Add that other post offices don't follow this rule and ask them to verify it.  They should have a very LARGE book with all the rules and regulations for mailing items.  Have them look it up.
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Post Posted: Thu Jun 15, 2006 6:01 am 
 

For the people that don't know, USPS has co-op contracts with FedEx and Airborne Express (now part of DHL).  They share resources (sorting) and sometimes one or the other will deliver your package.

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Post Posted: Thu Jun 15, 2006 6:17 am 
 

Quick question to USA sellers, though I've asked the Post Office (no response yet) - - Do Global Priority Mail boxes have a flat rate price like the Priority Mail boxes sent domestically do? or is it only the 2 different sizes of Global Priority Mail envelopes?

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Post Posted: Thu Jun 15, 2006 8:02 am 
 

Plaag wrote:Quick question to USA sellers, though I've asked the Post Office (no response yet) - - Do Global Priority Mail boxes have a flat rate price like the Priority Mail boxes sent domestically do? or is it only the 2 different sizes of Global Priority Mail envelopes?

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Last I checked ( Feb. , shipped to Japan ) they still only had flat rate envelopes :(

  


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Post Posted: Thu Jun 15, 2006 9:51 pm 
 

UPS is quite good I have heard for sellers, but they are terrible for buyers. I will not buy an item no matter how much I want it or how good the price, if they will only ship UPS. I don't have time to take off from work and drive 40 miles to the nearest UPS package center because they will only deliver to my area at the same time everyday and no one is here.

  

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Post Posted: Fri Jun 16, 2006 3:02 am 
 

UPS also charges a gas surcharge for pick up (was $2 and change when I used it once) but they don't state that price up front, only shipping with mention of the surcharge (which you then find out after you schedule a pick up).

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Post Posted: Thu Jun 22, 2006 11:51 pm 
 

A few thoughts:

Media Mail is generally never wanted by anyone I have run into because of time. The wait generally kills people.

UPS is only good on big weights. You can really save some cash then, and if that is where the interest of the buyer is, it helps.

  


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Post Posted: Tue Jun 27, 2006 1:49 am 
 

Shingen wrote:Media Mail is generally never wanted by anyone I have run into because of time. The wait generally kills people.

I think this can cut both ways. My latest batch of sales, for example, brought lots of requests from buyers to downgrade to Media Mail — in the money vs. time equation that you mention, I guess they were leaning toward "money." The next batch will probably vote for "time." :)

Shingen wrote:UPS is only good on big weights.

I'm glad you mentioned this, as I am interested in off-loading a lot of weight, and I'm leery of frightening away potential bidders with huge Priority Mail fees.

Should I look into UPS? Believe it or not, I've never actually sent anything through them (I've received tons of stuff, but never sent). I suppose I could go to their web-site and get the "company line," but I'd prefer honest opinions from Acaeum sellers, either pro or con.

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Post Posted: Tue Jun 27, 2006 8:34 am 
 

Xaxaxe wrote:
Shingen wrote:UPS is only good on big weights.

I'm glad you mentioned this, as I am interested in off-loading a lot of weight, and I'm leery of frightening away potential bidders with huge Priority Mail fees.

Should I look into UPS? Believe it or not, I've never actually sent anything through them (I've received tons of stuff, but never sent). I suppose I could go to their web-site and get the "company line," but I'd prefer honest opinions from Acaeum sellers, either pro or con.


Well my first instance was eh, alright - buyer wanted it, so I sent it that way (would have been cheaper though USPS). Another package I shipped is actually cheaper going to Canada and I assume due to the weight that is the reason for it.
I signed up on UPS and FedEx actually, but going through Ebay's UPS checkout was slightly easier (and should be next time now that I have an identification #).
So for the 2 times, service was okay, getting the label printed was more work then USPS, helped one customer for shipping price (that is all that really matters though).

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Post Posted: Tue Jun 27, 2006 9:31 am 
 

Xaxaxe wrote:
Shingen wrote:Media Mail is generally never wanted by anyone I have run into because of time. The wait generally kills people.

I think this can cut both ways. My latest batch of sales, for example, brought lots of requests from buyers to downgrade to Media Mail — in the money vs. time equation that you mention, I guess they were leaning toward "money." The next batch will probably vote for "time." :)

Shingen wrote:UPS is only good on big weights.

I'm glad you mentioned this, as I am interested in off-loading a lot of weight, and I'm leery of frightening away potential bidders with huge Priority Mail fees.

Should I look into UPS? Believe it or not, I've never actually sent anything through them (I've received tons of stuff, but never sent). I suppose I could go to their web-site and get the "company line," but I'd prefer honest opinions from Acaeum sellers, either pro or con.


Not a huge UPS fan. Items sent by them tend to get lost more, and unless you do a really ace packaging job can easilyget banged up.  Plus unlike the USPS their materials aren't free, which saves you a huge amount of money.  But, if you are sending very heavy items like bundles of magazines or such, it might be the best way to go.

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Post Posted: Tue Jun 27, 2006 3:12 pm 
 

Badmike wrote:But, if you are sending very heavy items like bundles of magazines or such, it might be the best way to go.

Bundles of magazines is exactly my plan.

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