Re: MEDIA MAIL (Re: [TekScopes] I have two Tek manuals I don't think I need)


This is a product of them being a FOR PROFIT business and nothing more. So many think they are a gov’t entity

On Jul 6, 2018, at 7:21 PM, G Hopper <> wrote:

David, they absolutely don't want to offer it.

I just mailed a book (a user guide for a camera) to a friend. The counter
agent was funny. I handed the package over and said "it's a book and it
should go the cheapest way possible." I didn't mention "Media mail" mostly
as a test after seeing Dave's comment (I usually write media mail on the
package before I even go to the post office.)

The fellow tells me about the priority mail and First class prices.... I
smiled and said "wow, that's expensive for a book... (long pause) but I
didn't hear you mention a 'media mail' price?"
Him: "Oh, sorry, just one second, let me look that up for you" I could see
the screen in a reflection and the price was right there....
The cost was something like $3.17 (or less) instead of $11 to $17.

I get that they want to be as profitable as possible, but I think they need
to do that through efficiency and not by overcharging the customer and
directing them away from services that were designed just to benefit
certain kinds of mailings. They'd be far better off to charge a 1/10 cent
more for junk mail than push retail customers to high priced services that
make them choose UPS or some other service.


On Tue, Jul 3, 2018 at 11:05 AM, Vince A <> wrote:

You got to be vigilant at the PO, know before you go! Google and asking
questions here really helps you out. If it sounds fishy go back another day
or see another PO. Use a different guy/girl on another day at the PO.
Vince :)

-vince :")
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On Tue, Jul 3, 2018 at 9:13 AM, David Berlind <> wrote:

So, just fyi.. I went back to the PO and asked "What about the media mail
option?" ... Bascially, it was "Oh, that? $3.17" (for what was
$11.80). Pretty shocked that, like Dave says, they neglected to offer
option in the first place when I requested "least expensive shipping

On Tue, Jun 26, 2018 at 2:38 PM, Artekmedia <>

They are trained NOT to tell you. You have to ASK for it or as the
previous poster said it is available through PayPal shipping includes
tracking. Tell them it just a "manuscript" and DO NOT INCLUDE any
correspondence. You put a one page letter in there and suddenly it is a
class mail

For a description google is your friend


On 6/26/2018 1:40 PM, John Griessen wrote:

On 06/26/2018 11:26 AM, David Berlind wrote:

what is "media mail?" when I go to the post office, they offer me a
of options.. but "media mail" is not one of them.
use paypal shipnow to get a label for media mail with a little extra


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