Ah, rookie error...I've never taken USPS shops becuase of the low fees, but I actually had something I had to mail, and I stupidly assumed it was a pound. Instead it was 14 ounces. (I misread the screen, otherwise I would have simply taken it back and added a small item to the package.) Will the shop be rejected unless I reshop and send a package that is over 1 lb? (Thankfully the location is right down the road.)
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/13/2021 07:16PM by NinS.
Thats why I always mail the same package contents over and over. Be it a pound of pasta or a stack of cds. It is that sweet spot where its over required weight but not enough extra to incur additional charge in postage.
Shopping Western NY, Northeast and Central PA, and parts of Ohio and West Virginia. Have car will travel anywhere if the monies right.
I also mail the same 1 lb bag of beans or pasta over and over again. Once, I used the exact, sealed box I had used several times before with no problems, and then found the receipt said it was only 12 ounces or somesuch. Fortunately, I was able to explain in the comments and they approved the shop. I'm not sure a newer shopper would have been so lucky.
If I have good reason to think its a pound I always add something with a stated weight--like a 6 ounce pack of cookies--that I know will not exceed the limits. But recently I've been sending friends Girl Scout cookies, which have a stated weight on the box, and to shelters I send unopened cat food (that my spoiled cats refuse to eat), which also have the weight stated on the cans.
I got a second hand kitchen scale, Kitchenaid. It gets it right to the fraction of an ounce.
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Apparently, it depends on the editor and their mood that day. I had two shops one day and it wasn't;t raining at the time, but had been for several days before. I didn't realize there was a puddle of water in the back of my pick-up where I placed the packages, and water sloshed all over them during the drive. Too far from home to go back, I stopped at Office Depot and purchased a couple of boxes and filled them basically junk from my truck. As luck would have it, both packages were shy of a pound. I contacted my scheduler as soon as I noticed and told her what happened, but she said it was "strict USPS policy" that they had to weigh at least a pound, and there was nothing she could do. However, one editor rejected one of the packages, another let the second go through. So much for "strict policies."
I have a postage scale that I use. I try to get close to the 2# as I am sending items to my daughter and have lots to send. But I have left a 2 oz window on the upside of the one pound minimum and the low side of the 2# point. Due to their scale being off for whatever reason by an ounce or two I always leave this window just to be safe. You can add weight to your one pound box easily if you find mailing boxes that are thick and heavy. Some of the boxes I use weigh 4 or 5 ounces themselves. .
I weigh my boxes on my kitchen scale, aiming for about 1.5 pounds. Yesterday the clerk told me a box was over two pounds, causing me to pay 50 cents over what it usually costs to mail to this location. I didn't challenge her on it mainly because I figured an average customer wouldn't have taken the time to know a package weight down to the ounce.
But later I started thinking...if a post office fudged their scale such that customers paid a little too much each time a package went out that would be a tidy sum. If so, would it benefit the individual clerk or the office itself?
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