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shipping rates from clay art

updated sun 26 mar 06


Jennifer Boyer on sat 25 mar 06

Here's the scoop: If you have mail delivered to your house or mailbox
you can have your mailman pick up a package for free. To print
mailing labels and pay for them online you need to go to the USPS web
site and register. You'll give them your contact info, a charge card
# you want the shipping charged to, a username and password. Then
you can weigh your package( I use a kitchen scale and a bathroom
scale), get familiar with the USPS package size restrictions and
enter the address you want to send to as well as print out a label.
No special anything is needed. You print the label on regular paper.
There's an extra step to schedule a mail carrier pickup. The USPS web
site isn't as user friendly as the UPS one which has the same basic
stuff, charges for pickup and has 100.00 free insurance. I think the
UPS tracking is more accurate, but the free pickup trumps all that.
Once you get used to the process it's easy. The only mailing types
that you can't use on the web site are media mail and parcel post.
But I've found that parcel post is only slightly cheaper than
priority mail anyway. I might as well send this on to Clayart....
Happy shipping!
On Mar 25, 2006, at 1:14 PM, Ravenstone Tiles wrote:

> Hi again Jennifer,
> I am wondering what you need to do your own USPS label printing for
> shipments? I'm tired of running to the P.O. every other day. I'm
> assuming you need a special scale, computer software, labels, that
> sort of thing? What might be the start up cost for this? I already
> have a computer and printer but have never tried to do my own
> postage. I work out of a studio in my home, so I don't know if USPS
> will do pickups at residential sites either.
> Any advice?
> Thanks,
> Laura
> Ravenstone Tiles
> 1633 Cherry Street
> Port Townsend, WA 98368
> 360.379.6951

Jennifer Boyer
Thistle Hill Pottery
Montpelier, VT