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Posted By: Sandi Moses In Response To: Well that's good news on two counts!! (MaaMaw)
Thursday, 22 September 2005, at 6:27 p.m.
In Response To: Well that's good news on two counts!! (MaaMaw)
> 1. I hate media mail, especially here. Everything goes through Eureka's
> P.O., where (so yesterday's article said) they are so backed up that they
> have run out of room to stack bulk mail, so they are now stacking it in
> the parking lot under tarps. I have to assume media mail gets similar
> treatment, since my only shipment by that route was supposed to take 5-7
> days and it took 12 business days.
> 2. I didn't get caught.
> I read that, but I thought they meant it could not contain MY advertising
> -- i.e., thanks for buying this, now please buy that or whatever -- not
> unrelated printed advertising in the product itself.
> I checked several magazine-back-issue auctions before using media mail
> (you know how paranoid I am), and they were all going media mail. Checking
> again this morning, I see about half are parcel post and half are media
> You're positive??
> P.S. What about videos (i.e., a Disney movie)? Are the previews considered
Yes, I'm positive. Trust me on this one. Postal employees have the right to open for inspection mail that is not First Class, Priority, or Express Mail. (Only the Deal Letter people can open those.) If a postal employee finds an item mailed at the media mail rate that feels like a magazine (or rattles like a puzzle or sloshes like a liquid) then (usually with their supervisor's permission) it gets "opened for postal inspection." If it contains matter that does not qualify for the rate at which it was mailed, it goes on "postage due." If the addressee doesn't pay, it gets returned to sender postage due. If neither party pays, it goes to the dead letter/parcel center and, depending on the contents gets destroyed or auctioned off. Remember, neither the sender nor the addressee wanted it badly enough to pay the difference in postage necessary to claim it!
Due to the sheer volume of mail, stuff does get through. There just is not time nor personnel to check everything. But "revenue protection" is an issue, as it should be. Just because an eBay shipper offers a rate does not mean the item will end up being shipped at that rate. More and more postal employees are checking on eBay mailers who mail at discounted rates such as "media mail." Having your item delivered postage due is a sure-fire way to get negative feedback!!!
Yes, you can mail the Disney movie at the media mail rate. The previews are considered "incidental."
More Than You Ever Wanted To Know About Media Mail
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