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#2645976 - 10/02/08 10:23 AM Re: Postal worker put the fear of God in me about Media Mail today !!! [Re: moonlite]
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Maybe I'm just naive, but what is the logic behind having a separate rate for media? Why does it matter to the post office what is in the box? Is it because they will handle those boxes worse? Does it take a longer time to get there? If so, why not just make another cheaper class of mail handling that could apply to anything?

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#2645982 - 10/02/08 10:25 AM Re: Postal worker put the fear of God in me about Media Mail today !!! [Re: TheAvenger80]
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Not long ago there was a change. Any package that weighed more that a certain amount has to go Priority. I wish I remembered what the weight was, but it was some crazy low amount.

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#2646014 - 10/02/08 10:54 AM Re: Postal worker put the fear of God in me about Media Mail today !!! [Re: Mister_Comics]
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I don't get it. What exactly is the definition of "media" anyway? Funny thing is, when I looked up "media" in my Websters dictionary (which by the way, has ads in it for other Merriam-Webster books available), the definition simple reads that it is a "plural for medium". Interesting.

When I take a package of comics to the post office to send media rate, I tell them that it is comic books. They say okay and away it goes. No problems.

What is the problem with "ads"? Doesn't just about every book have ads in them. Advertising the companies other books available? Advertising the authors previous or upcoming books, etc?
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#2646018 - 10/02/08 10:56 AM Re: Postal worker put the fear of God in me about Media Mail today !!! [Re: conditionfreak]
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If you read the online USPS guide to media mail, paperbacks WITH ADS are allowed, and I always use that factoid when I ship them if I ask. The idea that I know that factoid seems to carry some weight locally.
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#2646038 - 10/02/08 11:11 AM Re: Postal worker put the fear of God in me about Media Mail today !!! [Re: Ogami]
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As with many of the more arcane USPS regulations, Media Mail restrictions do tend to be interpreted differently by different counter clerks.

You can read the complete laundry list of restrictions here:

http://pe.usps.gov/text/dmm300/173.htm#wp1060508

But regulations and restrictions aside, I would avoid it COMPLETELY for anything other than sending bulk, low grade readers (and even then you're taking a risk) simply because it tends to be sorted and handled much less carefully than other classes of mail (I know, because I used to be a PO clerk). Media Mail is useful for institutions (companies, schools, hospitals, etc.) sending large quantities of (non-collectible) printed material through the mail; much less so for grade conscious collectors. And Media Mail is also VERY slow (the PO makes NO guarantees on delivery time), and is legally subject to spot inspections...none of which are worth the risk to buyers or sellers imho.

The way I see it, the hassles and slow boat delivery are simply not worth the marginal savings. Collectors are much better off using First Class Package (up to the weight restriction), Parcel Post, or Flat Rate Priority boxes for comics.
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#2646050 - 10/02/08 11:24 AM Re: Postal worker put the fear of God in me about Media Mail today !!! [Re: Ogami]
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 Originally Posted By: noljoner
If you read the online USPS guide to media mail, paperbacks WITH ADS are allowed, and I always use that factoid when I ship them if I ask. The idea that I know that factoid seems to carry some weight locally.


Yes, media mail makes an exception for ads only in that a book may beshipped media mail with ads as long as those ads are only promotional material advertising other books (such as the back cover ads for the author's new book etc.) They still cannot contain ads for toothpaste, movies, soda pop, etc.
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#2646052 - 10/02/08 11:26 AM Re: Postal worker put the fear of God in me about Media Mail today !!! [Re: Comicsarefun]
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 Originally Posted By: Comicsarefun
 Originally Posted By: noljoner
If you read the online USPS guide to media mail, paperbacks WITH ADS are allowed, and I always use that factoid when I ship them if I ask. The idea that I know that factoid seems to carry some weight locally.


Yes, media mail makes an exception for ads only in that a book may beshipped media mail with ads as long as those ads are only promotional material advertising other books (such as the back cover ads for the author's new book etc.) They still cannot contain ads for toothpaste, movies, soda pop, etc.


yes, I should have added that. \(thumbs u

edited to add-

I'm still going to follow your advice, CRF, and cut out media mailing comics. i was just stating why I had been willing to do it recently.


Edited by noljoner (10/02/08 11:27 AM)
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#2646066 - 10/02/08 11:32 AM Re: Postal worker put the fear of God in me about Media Mail today !!! [Re: Comicsarefun]
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 Originally Posted By: Comicsarefun
Write the Post Master and demand that the rule excluding comics as media mail be changed!


Why? So we can use a class of mail that's almost terminally slow, and that gets tossed around the back room of the PO (especially the big ones) like monkey *spoon* at the zoo? In this case, cheaper is manifestly NOT better...
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#2646349 - 10/02/08 02:03 PM Re: Postal worker put the fear of God in me about Media Mail today !!! [Re: jools&jim]
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I believe the weight limit is 4 pounds, then it goes priority or parcel post.
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#2646391 - 10/02/08 02:28 PM Re: Postal worker put the fear of God in me about Media Mail today !!! [Re: moonlite]
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 Originally Posted By: moonlite
I believe the weight limit is 4 pounds, then it goes priority or parcel post.


Not according to the USPS website. Maybe the reg has changed, but they're still quoting it for up to 70 lbs...

http://www.usps.com/prices/media-mail-prices.htm
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