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 roadsmith
 
posted on February 9, 2008 05:16:41 PM new
Just got something in the mail from USPS about Stamps.com, 6.0 version. A CD to install plus all kinds of free money offers, free 4-week trial, etc. etc.

But nowhere does it say what Stamps.com will cost after the free-trial offer.

Or whether I can just print a postage strip like what the clerks slap on my packages, or if it has to be a big paper item that won't fit on a regular envelope.

Anyone?
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 gasolineguys
 
posted on February 9, 2008 05:22:13 PM new
roadsmith, I have stamp.com and have not got it. Sure it is legit??

 
 roadsmith
 
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.
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 tomwiii
 
posted on February 9, 2008 05:26:31 PM new
roady:

I'm chagrined to admit I use STAMPS.COM...

$15.95, and I have to say that their SW is VERY EASY & INTUITIVE to use...

One can print individual labels for each package, or one can print NET-STAMPS either a SHEET or one at a time in any denomination you desire!

I'm happy with it...EXCEPT FOR ONE HUGE GLARING DEFICIENCY:

Around 25% of my PC bidders are from EUROPE via FIRST CLASS MAIL INTERNATIONAL, and STAMPS.COM does NOT accomodate this...BUT, ENDICIA does!

So, although I find ENDICIA difficult to set-up, I will probablt switch over soon...

Don't know why STAMPS.COM can't do FCMI & ENDICIA can...makes no sense, huh?

Tom & Ralphie







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 rhpepsi
 
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.

 
 rhpepsi
 
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.

 
 birgittaw
 
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).

[ edited by birgittaw on Feb 9, 2008 07:03 PM ]
 
 tomwiii
 
posted on February 9, 2008 07:16:02 PM new
"Huh. I did get their free trial (stamps, not endicia), and have been printing first class international there;"

HOW?

There's NO option!

ONLY options are PRIORITY MAIL INTERNATIONAL and EXPRESS MAIL INT -- same as the PO offers!

Only place I can find that allows one to print a FIRST CLASS MAIL INTERNATIONAL label is ENDICIA...






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 tomwiii
 
posted on February 9, 2008 07:17:38 PM new
rhpepsi :

THANKS! But STAMPS.COM says I don't EXIST!

Although they have NO trouble charging me CC every month...





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 rhpepsi
 
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 ]
 
 tomwiii
 
posted on February 9, 2008 07:28:51 PM new
Yeah, but it doesn't recognize my USERNAME either...

One thing about STAMPS.COM is that they are NOTORIOUS for terrible CS...

It's GREAT just as long as one NEVER needs to talk to anybody there, because they NEVER answer the phone...




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 vintageads4u
 
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.
Beth


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 tomwiii
 
posted on February 9, 2008 08:06:32 PM new
Anyhoo...

They found us...

STAMPS.COM just sent me my PROMO CODE which is:

C-4243-442

and if ya want Ralphie & me to get a CREDIT, then please sign-up here:

http://www.stamps.com/freepostage

and enter our PROMO CODE...

Tell them Ralphie-boy sent ya...

Tom & Ralphie






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 roadsmith
 
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
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 birgittaw
 
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.

 
 tonimar1
 
posted on February 10, 2008 08:02:36 AM new
Stamps.com is 15.95 a month

If you use the upgrade which is 7.0 it has a section where you can print for International

Personally whenever I had to talk with them I had no problems especially when I went to download it to another computer it was so easy and quick.

I don't use the International section I print my lables and then print my stamps and fill out the customs form. I find this works better for me.

Whenever I needed to file a claim for insurance they sent me a check 2 weeks later they tell you what you need to file with them and it goes smoothly.

toni
 
 tomwiii
 
posted on February 10, 2008 10:20:12 AM new
I have version 6.3, and, NOWHERE can I find an UPGRADE to 7.0...

And I cannot find a DROP-DOWN for INTERNATIONAL!

STAMPS.COM's HELP section has THIS to say about INTERNATIONAL:

"You can send any letter or package to anywhere in the world using NetStamps.
However, there are a few things to remember:

Figuring out how much postage you need
Please use the International Rates calculator provided by the USPS® to figure out the exact postage amount you need.

Once you calculate the postage, return to the Stamps.com software and click the Print Postage tab. Enter a dollar value into the Specify postage amount box and print NetStamps as usual.

Customs Forms
You may need to complete a Customs Form for your package, depending on the contents.

The International Rates calculator will let you know what forms are required.

Customs Forms are obtainable from your local Post Office™.

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All it jibber-jabbers about is: NET-STAMPS!

HELP! Please!

Tom & Ralphie

BTW: The PO's CLICK-N-SHIP will print ONLY PRIOTITY and EXPRESS mail...Does PP postage allow ya to print FIRST CLASS mail? Last time I looked, it did NOT...




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[ edited by tomwiii on Feb 10, 2008 10:21 AM ]
 
 tonimar1
 
posted on February 10, 2008 10:49:49 AM new
in stamps.com go to
Help>click on about stamps.com

when it opens what version does it say your using?

toni
 
 tomwiii
 
posted on February 10, 2008 10:53:42 AM new
6.3 and when I click on UPGRADE, it says I have the most recent & NO upgrade is available...





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 birgittaw
 
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.



 
 tonimar1
 
posted on February 10, 2008 12:25:33 PM new
http://www.stamps.com/download/?ob_dl=1

go to the web site stamps.com
when it says already a member click on it, it's on the top right of the page,

the next page might say upgrade to 6.1, click on that then a page will open that says.
Whats new with 7.0
on the right it will ask for your email address. then hit the download button


toni

 
 tomwiii
 
posted on February 10, 2008 12:25:37 PM new
THANK YOU BIG BT SMOOCHES TO: ToniMar1:

FOUND IT! How stoopid that they HIDE it?

Well, might as well STICK with STAMPS.COM, so, if anybody else wants to join, remember to be KIND to yer friendly neighborhood BOSTON T ENTREPENEUR and use

RALPHIE'S PROMO CODE: C-4243-442

Guaranteed to give you a WARM & FUZZY feeling in yer TUMMY!

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BTW: is it KOSHER to send PC's that buyers BUY to EUROPE WITHOUT a CUSTOMS FORM?

How? WHY?

If EUROPEAN BUYERS purchase the item, is not one OBLIGATED BY LAW to DECLARE the value of the item being SHIPPED?

Or, in the imfamous words of my friendy online stalker, am I & Ralphie: "pussies?"

HELP! Puleazze!

Tom & Ralphie






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[ edited by tomwiii on Feb 10, 2008 12:38 PM ]
 
 roadsmith
 
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
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 tomwiii
 
posted on February 10, 2008 12:44:27 PM new
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...

Tom & Ralphie




GRAND OPENING of RALPHIE'S EMPORIUM of EARTHLY DELIGHTS~All Vd'ers get 50% DISCOUNT!(except electronics)
Check out Ralphies HAND-BAG SALE!

[ edited by tomwiii on Feb 10, 2008 12:45 PM ]
 
 birgittaw
 
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...

 
 tomwiii
 
posted on February 10, 2008 08:49:19 PM new
"Unless, of course, your circumstances require a taxi or other means of transportation to get to a post office."

Ayuh...

That's the big stinky problem.



Tom & Ralphie






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 pixiamom
 
posted on February 10, 2008 09:41:56 PM new
Another option is to order stamps online from USPS, they'll deliver them via the mail.
 
 
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