[Boatanchors] Printed Matter Still Cheaper at the USPS ?

Glen Zook gzook at yahoo.com
Wed Nov 16 20:53:32 EST 2011

You have been lucky!  At a lot of Post Offices these days they are actually opening the package to confirm that magazines, etc., are not included! " Technical Journals" that include advertising are definitely prohibited from Media Mail.  The Postal Inspectors are also "spot checking" Media Mail at various sorting locations.  Penalties range anywhere from delivering the items as "postage due" to substantial fines to the sender.  There seems to be no rhyme or reason as to the penalty assessed in any particular situation.

Rejecting advertising that is decades old is asinine.  However, you have to remember that you are dealing with a governmental agency (even though the Post Office is supposed to be "independent", they are still a governmental agency), and many regulations have absolutely nothing to do with common sense!

Remember, human beings have 7 senses:  The normal sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch.  Then there are also "common sense" and "horse sense".  Unfortunately, these days the last 2 seem to be increasingly rare!
Glen, K9STH

Website:  http://k9sth.com

From: john <johnmb at nc.rr.com>
To: dhallam at knology.net; Douglas Snowden <doug_marysnowden at yahoo.com>
Cc: "boatanchors at puck.nether.net" <boatanchors at puck.nether.net>
Sent: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 7:16 PM
Subject: Re: [Boatanchors] Printed Matter Still Cheaper at the USPS ?

I've shipped at least 30 bundles of old QST, 73, and CQ magazines by Media 
Mail. I am always asked what they contain, and I always answer truthfully 
"technical journals".

If the post office wanted to refuse my Media Mail business I'd take them to 
Fed Ex, but I have never had an problem, and I've shipped hundreds of 
issues over the past five  years.

John K5MO

At 07:17 AM 11/16/2011, David C. Hallam wrote:
>Magazines no matter how old can not be shipped by Media Mail because they 
>contain advertising.  Parcel Post or UPS/FedEx is the way to ship.
>On 11/15/2011 9:09 PM, Douglas Snowden wrote:
>>Just curious, because I have fairly large a stack of old 1930's QSTs and 
>>was wondering if it was practical to ship nowadays. Very interesting 
>>reading at bedtime.
>>Doug N4IJ
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