New US Postal Service rules and CD mailers

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  1. MichaelM

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    Is anyone else having a problem with the inability of the US Postal Service to provide authoritative quotes for postage rates for CD mailers?

    I have been using a square 5" x 5" cardboard mailer for a single CD for years. The weight is about 1.6 oz. Before the 2007 postal rate changes, the cost was 63 cents for first class mail. I never had a problem...

    Now the USPS has rules regarding dimensions and thickness, as well as how much the envelope bends. The new rate depends on who you ask at the USPS. I can find NO consensus among the USPS employees. So what happens is I go to a USPS location and a clerk tells me how much it costs -- I then use that rate for future mailings and then find some percentage are returned to me with "postage due". :confused:

    I have been told 79 cents, 90-something cents, and even $1.34 supposedly 'cause it cannot be mailed as a first class item and must go parcel post.

    Anyone have experience with a single CD mailer that unequivocally meets these new USPS regulations for simple first class mailing? I cannot believe Netflix has to pay $1.34 for every CD they mail. Otherwise they'd be bankrupt.

    Thank you
     
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  2. NuclearNova

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    I've had similar problems, suddenly CDs were coming back with postage due. The main problem was that it seemed random what I actually had to pay, sometimes .63, sometimes 1.50! When I went to the post office I got a different answer every time.

    My solution was to deposit the CDs at a different post office mailing box and use $1.17 for a 3 ounce "package".
     
  3. MrPhil

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    I don't think this is just a CD mailer problem. I've gotten more postage dues on my mail in the last month then my whole life. I think USPS has something messed up internally.
     
  4. MichaelM

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    The problem is that the customer service employees and the mail sorting employees are not on the same page with all the new postage rate rules. I do not know that I can trust the web site as I've tried using it only to have items come back with postage due.

    I have had different clerks within the same USPS location tell me a different rate for the same piece of mail, and discussions indicated that a piece of mail will be handled numerous times before delivery and may be subject to a different rate interpretation/opinion each time. :rolleyes: Therefore, there are multiple points of failure along the way to delivery.
     

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