Net Postage - How to Mail Anything Without Leaving Home
Sooner or later you are going to finish up at the Post Office. It can a fact of life. Long lines, cryptic guidelines, endless forms plus sometimes less than helpful counter-top staff. But with a little know-how and a little postage calculator you can practically eliminate any need to visit the post office again.
The key to this postage nirvana is taking a few basic steps before you have to mail something. If you delay until the mail is in your hand then you will be back at the Post Office waiting in line again. Pondering ahead really does pay off.
In the past I did previously buy a book of stamps and keep them handy. This worked for the most part but invariably the Post Office would change the postal rates. This designed either going back to the Post Office to buy stamps in the denomination of the big difference, or a new publication of stamps. Very frustrating, and a huge waste of time and money.
This kind of clumsy situation has recently been solved by the new Forever Stamp. The Permanently stamp is actually valid for First-Class postage on standard envelopes weighing one ounces or less, regardless of any subsequent increases in the First-Class rate. Bottom level line - they are valid forever.
Not only does this eliminate needless trips to the Content Office, it also saves money. If the many rate goes up you can still use the Forever Stamp that you bought at the lower rate. They come in books of 20 plastic stamps, but you can also order a packet that contain 100 Forever Stamps right from the USPS web site.
In the event that you have to mail a package you have two problems to get over. The first is identifying the weight of your package. The second is calculating and printing the required postage.
To effectively calculate the weight you are going to desire a scale of some kind. The ideal solution is to buy a little digital postal scale. You can find these on places like Ebay and amazon. But if buying a dedicated postal scale seems like pure excess for you a good quality digital kitchen scale will work just as well. Please remember my advice earlier. Purchase the postal level now. Don't wait until the package is siting on your desk.
Now that we have the package weight we are ready to calculate the postage amount and print out our shipping label. To do this we are going to use a feature available from PayPal called ShipNow. (If you have never sold anything on amazon before the ShipNow option will be missing. Discover below about how to fix this. )
From the ShipNow screen select USPS as the carrier and enter the required information. You can print your shipping label using basic paper or better yet a self adhesive packaging.
The labels print on standard 8. 5 Times 11 inch paper using your existing inkjet or laser printer. The real shipping label is 6X4 inches, so be certain your package is big enough to accept this. You may print a dummy test label first to check that your printer is working correctly. PayPal also lets you void a label within 48 hours if you need to (e. g. your printer crammed. )
Unlike regular many stamps ShipNow postage product labels are only valid for the date specified. So be certain to mail your package by the given ship date. You can specify a ship date up to three times in advance at the time you make your ingredients label. ShipNow will allow you to ship your package deal internationally, but you are restricted to the more expensive Express and Priority mail classes.
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