Between my publishing business, Paperback Swap, and SwapaDVD I usually mail a dozen or more packages a week. This has been so handy for me! Here are some tips I've discovered to make the process easier:
- I usually print my postage from the PayPal site because it takes it right out of my PayPal account. There is no fee for printing the postage, and sometimes it actually comes out cheaper than it would be at the post office. (I think certain classes of mail offer a discount for printing postage online.)
- Online postage automatically includes Delivery Comfirmation. I think it costs 18 cents extra, but then you get a tracking number so you can know when it is delivered. That has come in handy more than once!
- If you mail things via Priority Mail you can order free boxes and/or envelopes from the post office website, and they'll be delivered right too you.
- Speaking of Priority Mail, sometimes you can save money by using the Flat Rate Box or Envelope. The box costs $8.90 to mail and the envelope is $4.60. You have to use the box (or envelope) the post office provides, but as long as your item fits it doesn't matter how much it weighs... it still costs the same. Occasionally I have found that larger, bulky items that don't weigh much are actually cheaper using regular Priority Mail, but if your item weighs more than a couple of pounds, the flat rate is a good way to go.
- I understand that the post office will also pick up your packages from your home if you use Priority Mail. I haven't scheduled pick-ups myself, but I may see about doing that soon.
- With printable postage you can drop off packages in the "blue box" even if they are over 13 ounces. (Packages over 13 ounces with stamps have to be handed over the counter inside the postage office.)