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I just want to send a postcard to Victoria Australia from NYC

It's a greeting card in a regular envelope, medium stock I think. How many forever stamps must I slap on this thing so it get to oz, or must I take it to the post office? The online calculators are confusing me. [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Jul 21, 2013 - 11 answers

International postage stamps from a domestic source

I have a bunch of postcards I'm mailing out from within the US to people in the US, UK and Switzerland. I can put domestic stamps on the cards sent from within the US to our US address, so that the recipients can just drop it in a mailbox. Does the USPS or another entity within the US sell stamps that I can put on the postcards sent from the UK and Switzerland, such that the recipients don't need to buy their own stamps?
posted by Blazecock Pileon on May 10, 2013 - 10 answers

Posting polish, potions and pongs

I found out at the post office today that it is no longer possible to ship nail varnish or perfume (containing alcohol) from the UK to overseas. What are the rules the other way around? I asked at the counter but the lady selling me my stamp didn't seem to be sure. [more inside]
posted by mippy on Feb 12, 2013 - 7 answers

What is the biggest box I can fit into a USPS drop box?

What are the maximum dimensions (in each direction) of a box that will fit in a standard USPS blue drop box of the sort that you find on a city street corner? [more inside]
posted by enn on Dec 27, 2012 - 12 answers

Best shipping method for home business.

Help me decide on my small home business shipping system! [more inside]
posted by PlutoniumX on Dec 12, 2012 - 8 answers

Cheapest way to ship a bass guitar from London, England to Gothenburg, Sweden?

Cheapest way to ship a bass guitar from London, England to Gothenburg, Sweden? [more inside]
posted by FuckingAwesome on Sep 28, 2012 - 2 answers

Which is the cheapest postage meter?

I want a cheaper postage meter. I am tired of paying $30+ bucks a month to Pitney Bowes to rent their postage meter. What is the best/cheapest other postage solution? [more inside]
posted by bq on May 25, 2012 - 8 answers

When did the American "Business Reply Mail" concept begin?

What is the general history of the US postal "business reply mail" ? When did it begin? [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on May 3, 2012 - 2 answers

All I want is to save a couple dollars on postage

Can I put a penny stamp on my already-printed metered letters? [more inside]
posted by anthropophagous on Jan 26, 2012 - 3 answers

Can I share the (marshmallow) love?

I have perfected homemade marshmallows and they are delicious! They are so delicious that I want to send some from San Francisco to a friend in England. The only trouble is that the marshmallows have a coating of white powder (confectioners' sugar and a little cornflour) to ensure they don't stick together and create one big mess. Am I asking for trouble by sending this stuff via USPS internationally? [more inside]
posted by RosiePosie on Jan 3, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me return my panama hat to Equador

It's hot. Damned hot. And I lose sunglasses. [more inside]
posted by PeterMcDermott on Aug 18, 2011 - 12 answers

What hardware and software do I need to print postage for a lot of envelopes?

What hardware and software do I need to print postage for a lot of envelopes? [more inside]
posted by JPigford on Oct 11, 2010 - 7 answers

Can I mail a cheque and prove I did it?

How can I prove I mailed a cheque, even if the recipient doesn't cash the cheque? [more inside]
posted by Dreadnought on Sep 30, 2010 - 5 answers

USPS Postage Question

Why are my 42-cent USPS First Class stamped letters being delivered? [more inside]
posted by whiskeyspider on Aug 23, 2010 - 11 answers

Where can I sell a stamp collection without getting ripped off?

I have a large stamp collection that has postage stamps from around 1920 or so through the present (mostly 1920s through 1950s), mostly U.S. but some foreign as well. Most stamps came off mail and are in an album. Some have postmarks, some don't. I live in Boston and would like to take the collection in person to a dealer who won't rip me off, but I'm open to other alternatives too.
posted by scottso17 on Jun 9, 2010 - 7 answers

Stick some stamps on top of my head/I'm gonna mail myself to you

I am a lazy butt and hate going out of my way to mail things. USPS ClickNShip works perfectly for my needs, but now that I'm doing BookMooch I want to use a cheaper postage method, like media mail. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on May 25, 2010 - 7 answers

transatlantic candy for cheap

I want to send a simple 5 lbs. bag of tootsie rolls candy from Florida to Glasgow, Scotland. I want to do this for somewhat less than it costs to buy a small aircraft carrier full of cocaine and diamonds. Help me.
posted by dong_resin on Apr 22, 2010 - 11 answers

I'm an adult. I should know how mail works.

If I send a postcard from China to the United States, I pay 4.5 RMB. Who gets the money? [more inside]
posted by jweed on Apr 9, 2010 - 7 answers

How much postage do you need to send a card from MN, USA to South Korea?

I'm asking this for a friend of mine. How many stamps would she need to send a card from Minnesota, USA to South Korea? [more inside]
posted by MrningLight on Feb 17, 2010 - 13 answers

Can I get a discount on postage for mailing 300 postcards to 1 address?

Can I get a discount on postage for mailing 300 postcards to 1 address? [more inside]
posted by boots on Jan 11, 2010 - 7 answers

How to guarantee return postage into the future.

Return Postage - Forever? [more inside]
posted by SirStan on Sep 4, 2009 - 7 answers

Can I put 2 Forever stamps on one envelope?

Can I put two Forever stamps on one envelope? [more inside]
posted by AlisonM on Feb 26, 2009 - 4 answers

How much to send this greeting card to London?

Roughly how much does it cost to send a average-sized, average-weight greeting card First Class from New York City to London? The USPS Web site requires the weight to calculate shipping costs, and I'm not sure how much it weighs (even approximately). I want to send the card today from work rather than trek to the post office.
posted by zembla3 on Dec 19, 2008 - 10 answers

How much postage do I need?

How much postage do I need? [more inside]
posted by ootsocsid on Aug 2, 2008 - 8 answers

Help me say goodbye to Pitney Bowes.

Is there an alternative to Pitney Bowes? My office uses Pitney Bowes for mailings and I CAN'T STAND THEM. They have the worst customer service, a horribly rigid billing service and the most aggressive fees and finance charge racket of any vendor I've ever worked with in my life. Nobody I talk to knows of any resonable alternatives. Is there something out there that will save me from the misery of working with those SOBs?
posted by odragul on Jul 3, 2008 - 9 answers

Is there a way to get Endicia (for Mac) to validate APO/FPO addresses?

Is there a way to get Endicia (for Mac) to validate APO/FPO addresses? [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo on Jun 26, 2008 - 2 answers

Postage Stamp Filter - Philippines to USA

My wife wants to send stamps to a friend in the Philippines so the friend can write back easily. What type of stamps should she buy?
posted by stuboo on Apr 13, 2008 - 10 answers

Are all US postage stamps now self-adhesive?

Are all US postage stamps now self-adhesive? [more inside]
posted by Tube on Jan 16, 2008 - 12 answers

Authoritative price guide for stamp collecting?

I'm looking for an authoritative price guide for postage stamps, primarily US stamps from prior to 1960, similar to the Overstreet guides printed for comic books. There are a number of such stamps I would like to look up. Online would be great, physical guides that need to be purchased would be fine too. Thanks in advance.
posted by John Kenneth Fisher on Nov 23, 2007 - 9 answers

Vintage Stamps for Face Value

Where can I buy vintage, valid US postage stamps for face value or near face value? [more inside]
posted by bonheur on Sep 25, 2007 - 7 answers

postcard help?

Can I augment pre-paid postcards? [more inside]
posted by SBMike on Aug 29, 2007 - 15 answers

Buying stamps online

Where can I buy first class postage online? I need to be able to choose a custom rate (say, $1.57). [more inside]
posted by indyz on Jun 21, 2007 - 14 answers

I'd like my $3 package to cost less than $30 in postage, please.

With the end of USPS international surface mail, what alternatives remain for posting bulky, low-cost items that don't qualify for the M-bag?
posted by holgate on Jun 16, 2007 - 3 answers

SASE question

I'm sending a letter to Germany (and a few other countries) and I'm including a self-addressed stamped envelope in it. When the German person sends it back to me, do they need to add more postage to it? It's currently stamped with a .39 stamp. Should I not bother with postage at all if they'll have to put their own stamps on it anyway?
posted by SheIsMighty on Mar 15, 2007 - 15 answers

Will the USPS reject a letter weighing 1.1 ounces with 1 first class stamp?

Will the USPS reject an envelope weighing 1.1 ounces with 1 first class stamp? [more inside]
posted by duncantuna on Feb 20, 2007 - 12 answers

How is a postage stamp authenticated?

How is the authenticity of a postage stamp verified in the normal mail delivery process? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Nov 13, 2006 - 11 answers

Envelope blues

I have an envelope that's about 10"x13". Inside, I have maybe 15 pages of college application materials. And I have $3.90 in stamps. How the hell do I know how much postage I need for this thing? Should I try to figure it out myself, or should I just take it to the post office and have them figure it out?
posted by punishinglemur on Oct 1, 2006 - 12 answers

hug a ways and chalk a mark

I sent a letter domestically in the mail (USPS) one cent short on postage. Will it get there?
posted by thirteenkiller on Aug 31, 2006 - 18 answers

How flexible are the USPS's postcard size guidelines?

How flexible are the Postal Service's postcard size guidelines? [more inside]
posted by sandor on Jun 30, 2006 - 11 answers

How much does a bubble mailer + 2 dvds + a case weigh?

PostOfficeAvoidanceFilter: Has anyone made a weight calculator (or just recorded weights of commonly mailed objects) such that I can figure out how much a double DVD case, 2 dvds, and a bubble mailer would typically weigh? [more inside]
posted by anonymoose on May 26, 2006 - 10 answers

Swedish Airmail Photo/Scan?

I need a scan or photo of a Swedish airmail envelope (not an aerogram), as in, from Sweden to elsewhere. Ideally from around 2002 but I'll take what I can get. [more inside]
posted by jruckman on May 17, 2006 - 3 answers

Shipping the goods home...

Questions about using post offices in Europe. [more inside]
posted by pissfactory on Mar 14, 2006 - 9 answers

How much would it cost to send a postcard to every household in the United States?

How much would it cost to send a postcard to every household in the United States? [more inside]
posted by yeoz on Mar 2, 2006 - 13 answers

Ideas needed - interesting packaging for books

Looking for interesting yet professional ways to package a hardback book which will be sent through the mail. [more inside]
posted by blag on Dec 1, 2005 - 14 answers

How much does it cost to send a letter to an FPO address?

My googlefu has failed me. How much does it cost to send a letter to an FPO AP address? [more inside]
posted by Amanda B on Jul 23, 2005 - 5 answers

Online selling to Europe from the US?

(E)URO-COMMERCE filter - i run a mail order business and web site and entertain fantasies of doing the same in europe. does anyone have any knowledge of the shipping/postage/tax/duties situation for inter-european shipping? are there examples of companies who serve europe the way small e-tailers are able to server the whole US via UPS or thhe US mail?
posted by subpixel on Dec 9, 2004 - 7 answers

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