At some point you are going to wrap up at the Post Office. It can a fact of life. Long lines, cryptic guidelines, endless forms plus sometimes less than helpful countertop staff. But with a little know-how and a little investment you can practically eliminate any need to visit the post office ever again.
The key to this postage nirvana is taking a few simple steps before you have to mail something. If you delay until the mail is in your hand then you will be back at the Post Office holding out in line again. Pondering ahead really does repay.
In the past I used to buy a book of stamps and keep them handy. That worked for the most part but invariably the Post Office would change the postal rates. This meant either going back to the Post Office to buy stamps in the denomination of the big difference, or a new publication of stamps. Very irritating, and a large waste of time and money.
This clumsy state of affairs has been solved by the new Forever Stamp. The Forever stamp is usually valid for First-Class postage on standard envelopes weighing one ounces or less, regardless of any subsequent increases in the First-Class rate. Bottom level line – they are valid forever.
Not only does this eliminate unneeded trips to the Content Office, it also saves money. If the nearly all rate goes up you can still continue to use the Forever Stamp that you bought at the lower rate. They come in books of 20 plastic stamps, but you can also order a packet containing 100 Forever Stamps right from the USPS web site.
In the event you have to mail a package you have two problems to get over. The first is identifying the weight of your package. The second is calculating and printing postage calculator required postage.
To effectively calculate the weight you are going to desire a scale of some kind. The ideal solution is to buy a tiny digital postal scale. You can find these on places like Amazon and Ebay. But if buying a dedicated nota scale seems like overkill for you a good quality digital kitchen scale will work just as well. Please remember my advice earlier. Choose the postal scale now. Don’t wait until the package is siting on your desk.
Now that we have the package weight we are ready to calculate the postage amount and printing our shipping label. To do this we are going to use a feature available from PayPal called ShipNow. (If you have never sold anything on amazon before the ShipNow option will be missing. Discover below about how to fix this. )
From the ShipNow screen select USPS as the carrier and enter the required information. You can print your shipping label using simple paper or better yet a self adhesive label.
The labels print on standard 8. 5 Times 11 inch paper using your existing inkjet or laser printer. The real shipping label is 6X4 inches, so make certain your package is big enough to accept this. You are able to print a dummy sample label first to check that your printer is working correctly. PayPal also allows you to void a label within 48 hours if you need to (e. g. your printer packed. )
Unlike regular postage stamps ShipNow postage brands are only valid for the date specified. Thus make sure to mail your package by the chosen ship date. You can specify a ship date up to three days and nights in advance at the time you create your ingredients label. ShipNow will allow you to ship your package internationally, however you are restricted to the more expensive Exhibit and Priority mail classes.