posted on February 9, 2008 05:25:25 PM new
I'm sure it's to lure new customers. It's a heavy cardboard item, very colorful, from the USPS, offering an Amazon.com $25 gift certificate, $25 in postage, a free digital scale, and free supplies kit. 4-week trial. And there's a CD that comes with it. Doesn't look phony at all.
posted on February 9, 2008 06:41:57 PM new
Roadsmith....I also use STAMPS and have no complaints...they mail out those CDs to promote new business. Can I make a suggestion...you you are looking at trying STAMPS.com...get with TOMWIII...him and ralphie should have a PROMO code that you can use. I think it will give TOMWIII some FREE credit or CASH if you sign up under his promo code.
posted on February 9, 2008 06:47:17 PM new
Tomwiii...if you don't know your promo code. ...log into stamps.com pro on your computer and on the HOME page it has TELL A FRIEND...there is a spot to click to get your promo code emailed to you. It is not cash, but $20 in FREE POSTAGE...not much, but adds up.
posted on February 9, 2008 07:01:13 PM new
Huh. I did get their free trial (stamps, not endicia), and have been printing first class international there; almost enough to keep me on board and pay the price (but not quite).
posted on February 9, 2008 07:26:30 PM new
Tomwiii...don't know about the international...I never updated that part. As for them NOT knowing you exist, if you are using them and they are charging you, it might just be that they have a VERY OLD email still on file. That is what happened when I went to get the promo code, the email they had was ancient..
[ edited by rhpepsi on Feb 9, 2008 07:27 PM ]
posted on February 9, 2008 07:47:46 PM new
I left stamps dot com many years ago due to refund issues and went with endicia. I have never looked back.
Endicia, IMO, has better customer service (Ask Harry), better options and an easy refund interface.
If you don't do that much shipping use Paypal or the USPS shipping asst.???
As for me, ENDICIA is the best. For example, about 4 years ago we were able to print our own customs form and adhere them to packages. I had the WACO TX postal service refuse and return my packages because "you can't use your own customs form". Endicia took them on and ended up educating the whole lot.
Many times we are a little ahead of our local POs and Endicia will be there with you and call your PO to help.
posted on February 9, 2008 11:34:16 PM new
Is it $15.95 a month?? If so, I have to go to the P.O. every day anyway to pick up mail, so it's no extra time (maybe 5 minutes) to mail packages at the same time.
If it's $15.95 a year, that would be different. In that case, Tom, I'll use your code so you get the credit. ~Adele
posted on February 10, 2008 01:16:48 AM new
Tom: it's in the drop down international menu. No way you can miss it -- unless you have an old version? For some reason, it is not particularly intuitive when it comes to formatting non-US addresses and I always had to move province and postal code and sometimes even the country into appropriate blocks.
Besides, I don't know why, since you sell post cards, that you couldn't print the estamps as you don't require customs form. Frankly, unless you sell a LOT overseas, I don't see paying the monthly rate when paypal shipping does it all (except the first class international). No doubt it's different for paper and post card sellers with their rigid envelope and size requirements. My first class packages are actually packages, not just thin envelopes.
posted on February 10, 2008 11:28:49 AM new
I'm on the road and stamps.com is not on my laptop, so I can't look. But I KNOW I have printed about a dozen first class mail international labels with the trial. Only reason I even used it at all. You have to click on "international" on the left hand side bar, if I recall.
Yes, PayPal post office labels permit both first class, parcel and media mail labels in addition to priority and express. Always did, as far as I know. Click and Ship does not.
posted on February 10, 2008 12:39:15 PM new
Tom: I would LOVE to be able to give you credit for my signing up for Stamps.com. But there's no way I'm going to pay $16.00 a month for that service. It takes me 5 minutes longer to mail packages at the same p.o. that I have to go to everyday anyway. If I ever get to be a big-time seller (fat chance), I'll sign up and do that for you. In the meantime, have a happy February in Florida, you lucky guy. Adele
No biggy -- we appreciate the fact that you even consider it...
YES, it is too expensive, but we like it, especially NOW that ToniMar & others guided us to the NEW & IMPROVED version!
BTW: the last two days here have been STUNNINGLY GORGEOUS: Blue Skies & 70!
Ole CHUNKY-BUTT and I went for as long a walk as I can stand with my bum leg & hip -- he had a BIG s-eating grin on his smug mug when we got home & promptly fell over a'snoring away in sheer delight...
posted on February 10, 2008 08:29:37 PM new
Well, I guess I have version 7. As far as duty is concerned -- the post office says:
Customs forms are not required on First Class Mail International items that: Weigh less than 16 ounces and do not have potentially dutiable contents.
An inexpensive post card probably doesn't fall into the dutiable category. Let your conscience be your guide here. If it's simply a regular #10 envelope (business size) with a piece of cardboard, plastic and a post card, I most likely wouldn't bother with a form. Just use your net stamps here.
Personally, if I were just selling a handful of post cards overseas, I don't think it's worth the $16.95 at all. Surely, you can put that money to better use. Unless, of course, your circumstances require a taxi or other means of transportation to get to a post office.
I'm happy with PayPal labels. Getting much better rates with UPS through PP ... in fact, I'm amazed how cheap it is. And I thought I was getting a great deal through Fedex...