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Offline Forevermah

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Sending Printed Material by Media Mail ....
« on: December 31, 2006, 09:51:20 AM »
When sending in any publications/printed material/books to loved ones in IDOC. you can send it by MEDIA MAIL, which is substantially cheaper than 1st class.  You need to write MEDIA MAIL on the outside of the manilla envelopes you are sending and when taken to the PO for postage tell the attendant it is medial mail, they will ask you what is inside, just tell them books etc.

 They tell you it can take up to 10 days to get there, just so you know, but in my experience it is just as quick as 1st class mail. I've sent things priority in the past that got there in the same time frame as priority..

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Re: Sending Printed Material by Media Mail ....
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2007, 12:43:09 PM »
I think it does need to be bound,  not loose sheets,  to qualify for media rates. 

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Re: Sending Printed Material by Media Mail ....
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2007, 12:55:00 PM »
It actually must just contain books, no magazines, loose sheets, etc.  Books and media (such as disks, but not blank)...the PO has a right to inspect any packages requested to be sent media mail.  This is from the PO website:

Media Mail™
Small and large packages and thick envelopes can be sent using Media Mail. Contents are limited to books, manuscripts, sound recordings, recorded videotapes, and computer-readable media (not blank). Informally called "Book Rate," Media Mail cannot contain advertising, except eligible books may contain incidental announcements of books. Media Mail is usually less expensive than Parcel Post.

Bound Printed Matter
Small and large packages and thick envelopes can be sent using this service. Contents are limited to permanently bound sheets of directory, advertising, or editorial matter, such as catalogs or phone books. Bound Printed Matter is less expensive than Parcel Post.
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Re: Sending Printed Material by Media Mail ....
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2007, 01:01:28 PM »
I have  for the past three years mailed magazines Media Mail, when they ask what's inside, I tell them book/magazines   and they have never rejected them.

 Come to think of it (CRS) the woman at the PO is the one who recommeded to me to send him his book/mags that way to save on the postage  
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Re: Sending Printed Material by Media Mail ....
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2007, 01:02:44 PM »
I'm going to check at the PO.   I remembered the "bound" business which is why I didn't ask for media rates when I sent the 1500 copies of the IPT initiative and sent it parcel post.   Oh never mind,  I reread.   I know magazines are ok,  but yeah,  loose sheets don't qualify. 

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Re: Sending Printed Material by Media Mail ....
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2007, 01:14:29 PM »
Well, I've also used media rate to send books, magazines, calendars, and internet materials...also DVD movies and never had anything returned, inspected or questionned.  They even add extra tape for me sometimes.  Besides, the rules for media mail are not posted anywhere at the post office so how would customers know?  For the difference in price it's worth using it.  It also goes first-class and arrives the same as other mail.   It certainly doesn't take 10 to 14 days like they say...that's just ridiculous...where would they keep it all that time?  Sitting around waiting for a truck to go out?   LOL...
I don't think the postal people are sticklers about the contents...magazines in an envelope are pretty obvious...and they never question it.  Someone on ebay just shipped me a computer adaptor by media mail....

I'll take my chances..there haven't been too many disgruntled postal worker shootings lately.... *(%$#

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Re: Sending Printed Material by Media Mail ....
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2007, 07:45:43 PM »
I sold books on amazon for a year.  The postal employees did question me each time as to what was in the package.  They just check a few here and there in some other office.    DVD's are media!  The time it takes on media rate varies widely.   They do go by truck,  not air mail.  When they say  10 to 14 days that is business days!  I put tracking on many of my books and I  would say most were delivered within 3-4 days. 

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Re: Sending Printed Material by Media Mail ....
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2007, 09:37:16 PM »
I wasn't saying it couldn't be done, I was just saying what their rules were.  My PO told me nothing but books...I still send magazines also.
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Re: Sending Printed Material by Media Mail ....
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2007, 01:34:01 AM »
I send 3 magazines at a time, every week for 3 years, to the county.  Bound Printd Material is usually a flat rate of $1.89, but it can't be more than about 1.5 inches thick all together, no personal correspondence, and always there in 3-4 days.

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Re: Sending Printed Material by Media Mail ....
« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2007, 05:58:46 PM »
12 magazines a month?  Sounds pricey! 

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Re: Sending Printed Material by Media Mail ....
« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2007, 10:37:10 PM »
I have sent magazines and books by media mail for a few years.  I was told by one nasty postal worker that it was not for magazines and no letter could be inside.  The majority of workers are very nice and they really do not care.  They try to help you.  Once in a while I get a sarcastic one who says maybe she will open it to see.  I think she read the address and knows it is going to a prison and that is why she gives me a hard time.  We all spend a furtune on postage and I wish they would take all magazines without making a big deal of it.

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Re: Sending Printed Material by Media Mail ....
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2007, 12:04:46 PM »
we DO spend a fortune on postage!  I was told also I couldn't put letters inside,  only a packing slip if it's books.

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Re: Sending Printed Material by Media Mail ....
« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2007, 12:43:10 AM »
I love to read and so does my guy, at the county they do not have TV's.  Only one TV in the common area, he is in PC -Protective custody, 23 hours a day for nearly 3 years, no radio allowed, no newspapers,if they watch TV they have to stand at the door and look thru a small window the whole time.  So I spend alot of money on Mag subscriptions, I get them, read it and then mail it on to him.  A few friends and family members give me their old magazines and I send those also.  But 3 mags for about $2.00 postage is pretty good. It's a small price to pay for his what little sanity he has left.  It is scary to see the personality changes such isolation causes, it gets me sick.  3 years of non-contact, half hour or less, once a week visits, and he's "innocent until proven guilty".

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Re: Sending Printed Material by Media Mail ....
« Reply #13 on: January 16, 2007, 09:32:37 AM »
Good heavens colorblind, that sounds even worse than Tamms!! I am constantly shocked and appalled by the things I learn every day about the so called prison system over there. I pray that one day, someone will get in power who can see the damage being done to these guys. Something needs to be done for sure! )(*_
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Re: Sending Printed Material by Media Mail ....
« Reply #14 on: January 16, 2007, 10:15:28 AM »
   
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Bound Printd Material is usually a flat rate of $1.89,


Colorblind, how do you prepare the magazines for shipping at this Bound Printed Material rate?  Are manila envelopes OK? ^%$#

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Re: Sending Printed Material by Media Mail ....
« Reply #15 on: January 16, 2007, 11:21:02 PM »
Yes,I always use a manilla envelope, there is a weight maximum, one heavy GQ or Vanity Fair at a time, and I put 3 thin mags at a time, like People or Newsweek.  The county has a max of 3 at a time.  Bound printed can't include correspondence, so I write seperate letters.

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Re: Sending Printed Material by Media Mail ....
« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2008, 02:05:41 PM »
THE OTHER DAY I WENT TO THE POST OFFICE TO MAIL AN INMATES FAMILY MEMEBER SOME STUFF HE LEFT BEHIND AND ASKED US TO PLEASE MAIL IT OUT.  WELL IT WAS A VERY HEAVY BIBLE AND 2 BOOKS, DO YOU KNOW THAT I WENT TO THE POST OFFICE AND THE LADY TOLD ME IT WAS SOMETHING LIKE 9 DOLLARS, I WAS SHOCKED IT WAS SO MUCH, BUT I SAID TO HER "OK," SHE THEN ASKED IF I HAD ANY LIQUIDS AND I SAID "NO IT'S A BIBLE," AND SHE SAID, OW... WE HAVE A BOOK RATE, AND WHEN SHE GAVE ME THE PRICE IT WAS $3.49!!!!!!!  I WAS SHOCKED TO HEAR THE DIFFERENCE IN PRICING. 

I THANK GOD SHE WAS NICE ENOUGH TO SUGGEST IT, CAUSE I WOULD OF PAID THE 9 SOMETHING.  NOW I KNOW! 
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Re: Sending Printed Material by Media Mail ....
« Reply #17 on: August 12, 2009, 08:03:07 PM »
i was wondering if im sending books to my fiance how many can i send and does it matter if the envelope has padding? i had heard from someone that there should be no padding but im just making sure? and he just got transfered to graham from menard out of reception so will he be able to receive things right away or should i wait to hear from him?



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Re: Sending Printed Material by Media Mail ....
« Reply #18 on: August 12, 2009, 08:54:24 PM »
i was wondering if im sending books to my fiance how many can i send and does it matter if the envelope has padding? i had heard from someone that there should be no padding but im just making sure? and he just got transfered to graham from menard out of reception so will he be able to receive things right away or should i wait to hear from him?

The best thing for you to do is call Graham's mailroom and ask them what you just asked. Each prison within IDOC has their own rules.  Some allow 3 books some 5, some need to be shipped in boxes or plain envelopes and others can be shipped in padded envelopes.

The IDOC is not consistent as you will soon learn!

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Re: Sending Printed Material by Media Mail ....
« Reply #19 on: January 11, 2010, 09:22:31 PM »
I asked at my post office today how to send 2 magazines, a calendar and a church bulletin.  Could not send it media mail.  it was 10 cents cheaper to send it priority so just left it in my white big envelope.  I asked him about books and he said "yes that is media". 
How can I send a cross necklace?  MY son asked me to send his--I dont think I can put it in a bubble envelope  so how can I send it safely?