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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.

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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?

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Re: Sending Printed Material by Media Mail ....
« Reply #20 on: January 11, 2010, 11:00:36 PM »
Media mail was designed for transcripts, books, tapes or cd's. Not to be used for magazines because of ads in them. You might get away with it, but if the USPS decides to open it up for inspection, it can get returned to you.

There's a topic on sending jewelry, but basically it gets directed to the property dept. to be checked in. It has to be a religious item, like the cross & it can't be over $25. for necklace & charm. You have to include a receipt in the box. I'd suggest copying receipt & insuring it.
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Re: Sending Printed Material by Media Mail ....
« Reply #21 on: January 12, 2010, 05:25:56 AM »
I believe that does depend on the prison that your loved one is in in regards to the jewelry.  My husband is in BMRCC and the cross and chain can be of a $50 value. You must ship it in a box and on the outside of the box you have to write gold chain or silver chain or whatever it is. You must also call the chaplain and speak to them about what religion your loved one is and what charms are acceptable for that particular religion. My husband and the chaplain at that particular prison has told me that you cannot send a cross if you are not a christian. So I would just call and double verify before you send anything in.

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Re: Sending Printed Material by Media Mail ....
« Reply #22 on: January 12, 2010, 08:12:39 AM »
Gosh I dont have a receipt for his necklace and cross.  I will have to ask him to ask the chaplin how to do it.
Why would someone wear a cross if they were not a christian  ummm?

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Re: Sending Printed Material by Media Mail ....
« Reply #23 on: January 12, 2010, 08:55:50 AM »
The woman at the PO is the on that suggested I send the books/magazines in Media Mail and that is how I always sent them in. I sealed the brown envelopes and on the front printed Media Mail, never had anything returned and they normally got there as quick as regular mail.  When I sent media mail, it was cheaper than any options.     

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Re: Sending Printed Material by Media Mail ....
« Reply #24 on: January 12, 2010, 03:34:15 PM »
I just sent a chain and cross to one of the Christian brothers at Dixon and I did not have to send reciepts or declare any amount on it.  I did write personal property on the outside of envelope and he got it in 2 days.
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Re: Sending Printed Material by Media Mail ....
« Reply #25 on: February 01, 2010, 10:15:10 PM »
I believe that does depend on the prison that your loved one is in in regards to the jewelry.  My husband is in BMRCC and the cross and chain can be of a $50 value. You must ship it in a box and on the outside of the box you have to write gold chain or silver chain or whatever it is. You must also call the chaplain and speak to them about what religion your loved one is and what charms are acceptable for that particular religion. My husband and the chaplain at that particular prison has told me that you cannot send a cross if you are not a christian. So I would just call and double verify before you send anything in.
Hey there codyandbecca! I am going to send my husband a cross (silver with matching chain) so it can be there before Valentines Day. I will probably just run out to KMart or WalMart and buy it since it can't be more than $50 in value. Now, when I sent his wedding band this past December, I did not send the receipt or write what it was on the box. Was that because it was his wedding band? I guess I better follow your lead and write on the jewelry box so they won't send it back. Take care!

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Re: Sending Printed Material by Media Mail ....
« Reply #26 on: February 02, 2010, 06:55:15 AM »
I sent my son his cross necklace and put his name inside the bag within a small box within a bigger box  haha and he got it within like 3 days.

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Re: Sending Printed Material by Media Mail ....
« Reply #27 on: February 07, 2010, 05:08:29 PM »
I have been reading posts and trying to familiarize myself with everything (so much to learn and take in) :wc13: Is there a post on here or can someone tell me what exactly we are allowed to send as far as printed material? Such as puzzle books, magazines, catalogs, paper back/hard back books, those kinds of things. I apologize if this is already posted somewhere. Thank you in advance.
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Re: Sending Printed Material by Media Mail ....
« Reply #28 on: February 07, 2010, 06:20:49 PM »
Puzzle books are ok, as are most magazines. Some facilities allow periodicals such as Playboy, but there can  be no pictures of penetration. Some prisons do not allow hardcover books, so it is best to call before buying/sending. Catalogs are fine as well.

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« Reply #29 on: February 06, 2011, 10:29:28 PM »
Ok. So I can mail in books myself? I was always under the impression that books needed to be purchased and mailed online store. Am I wrong? I am, aren't I?
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« Reply #30 on: February 06, 2011, 10:58:58 PM »
Ok. So I can mail in books myself? I was always under the impression that books needed to be purchased and mailed online store. Am I wrong? I am, aren't I?

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Re: Sending Printed Material by Media Mail ....
« Reply #31 on: February 06, 2011, 11:22:14 PM »
It is probably less expensive if you buy the books and leave them whenever you visit. That way, you don't have to pay for postage or worry about the package being lost in the mail. At Big Muddy, they have a mail box that we can leave newspapers and books in (up to five per person per visit). So when I go visit my husband this week, I will have fifteen books/papers/magazines/comics for him to have. When you mail them, there is no limit on the number of items in the package. Verify with his institution to make sure there is no limit on how many books can be mailed in a package.

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Re: Sending Printed Material by Media Mail ....
« Reply #32 on: February 07, 2011, 07:52:57 AM »
If you do mail them in, use the manila envelopes, as some prisons do not allow boxes anymore.  I would call the mail room first and ask ....
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« Reply #33 on: February 07, 2011, 07:57:02 AM »
Thanks everyone. Here I've been dealing with IDOC for a year and did not know that. Good grief. Thank goodness I know now.
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« Reply #34 on: March 02, 2011, 07:15:30 PM »
I'm newbie and just learned something today when I went to the mailbox and thought I would share in case everyone doesn't already know.  Although I'm sure it's on this website and I haven't seen it yet.  I mailed my son two books in a United States Postal box (very small box) first class mail (so he would get it quicker) and it was sitting in my mailbox today stating return to sender...no boxes allowed.  He is at Stateville RC.  What scares me now is I ordered books for him via Amazon and I am now afraid they will be returned as well.  I believe Amazon sends their shipments in boxes.  I guess I will wait and see if they are returned as well.  Today my frustration level has definitely risen!!  I am praying for patience today....lets see if it comes :)

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Re: Sending Printed Material by Media Mail ....
« Reply #35 on: March 02, 2011, 07:22:01 PM »
I'm newbie and just learned something today when I went to the mailbox and thought I would share in case everyone doesn't already know.  Although I'm sure it's on this website and I haven't seen it yet.  I mailed my son two books in a United States Postal box (very small box) first class mail (so he would get it quicker) and it was sitting in my mailbox today stating return to sender...no boxes allowed.  He is at Stateville RC.  What scares me now is I ordered books for him via Amazon and I am now afraid they will be returned as well.  I believe Amazon sends their shipments in boxes.  I guess I will wait and see if they are returned as well.  Today my frustration level has definitely risen!!  I am praying for patience today....lets see if it comes :)

Sorry this happened, I know I always tell people to send books in manila envelopes and once you get to visit,  you can bring up to five with you, that will be given to your loved one once they go through property.  This saves tremendously on shipping costs.


I just saw in my post, two above, to send them in manila envelopes.
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Re: Sending Printed Material by Media Mail ....
« Reply #36 on: March 02, 2011, 07:23:28 PM »
I'm newbie and just learned something today when I went to the mailbox and thought I would share in case everyone doesn't already know.  Although I'm sure it's on this website and I haven't seen it yet.  I mailed my son two books in a United States Postal box (very small box) first class mail (so he would get it quicker) and it was sitting in my mailbox today stating return to sender...no boxes allowed.  He is at Stateville RC.  What scares me now is I ordered books for him via Amazon and I am now afraid they will be returned as well.  I believe Amazon sends their shipments in boxes.  I guess I will wait and see if they are returned as well.  Today my frustration level has definitely risen!!  I am praying for patience today....lets see if it comes :)

It was my understanding that if they were sent from the actual place you bought them from (straight from Amazon to them) that was ok because they were sealed at the place who shipped the order and no one else had opened them except for the mail room since they had been shipped. I'm not positive though. Someone with an LO in Stateville will be able to answer your question better, or and Admin or staff might be able to.

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« Reply #37 on: March 02, 2011, 07:28:58 PM »
Yes I did see your post about using manila envelopes as boxes may not be allowed.  However I just read it this evening  :wc96:   At least now we don't have to wonder about Stateville, they will send boxes back for sure.  I am trying to learn as much as I can through IPT and have already learned so much!  You are all awesome and I appreciate all the hard work that goes into maintaining and updating this site.  When you are new to the whole system it so daunting to try and find out anything.  Thank goodness for IPT!!!!

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« Reply #38 on: March 02, 2011, 08:04:34 PM »
Sorry to be a pest, but I forgot to ask if I can send a letter with the books or is that not allowed?  Now I'm worried about doing something wrong and getting it sent back.  Thanks.

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« Reply #39 on: March 02, 2011, 08:21:37 PM »
Sorry to be a pest, but I forgot to ask if I can send a letter with the books or is that not allowed?  Now I'm worried about doing something wrong and getting it sent back.  Thanks.

Yes, you can put your letters in the envelopes.  Just remember that Stateville mail is slow, sometimes the guys don't get their mail until they are moved to their parent prisons, with that being said, they need your letters reassuring them and letting them know YOU are OK .... keep writing
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Re: Sending Printed Material by Media Mail ....
« Reply #40 on: March 02, 2011, 09:13:42 PM »
Neddie,

I'm not sure if this will apply to you, but it sure was aggravating for me at first. When J was in county jail I could not bring him anything. I ordered books for him thru Barnes & Noble several times & I think he got them once out of three tries. I would order multiple books at a time because if you spent $25 you got free shipping. Unfortunately if one item was not allowed the entire shipment would be refused. Once they were refused because I had accidently ordered a hardcover book, second time one of the books had a spiral binding. I know prison is different then county, but the spiral binding is a no-no there too. I try to bring the books with me now, I think the rules may vary by prison. My husband is in Jacksonville and they allow hard covers, & used books  :wc27: so much cheaper. They have however changed the rules from 5 to 3 books per visit. Also be sure to put your son's name & number on them (you probably already knew that) :wc71:
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Re: Sending Printed Material by Media Mail ....
« Reply #41 on: March 02, 2011, 09:13:59 PM »
Not sure about other centers, but BMRCC allows mail/books, newspapers, etc., to be mailed in the flat rate Express and Priority packs and envelopes. I am not sure if this includes the padded USPS envelopes, so make sure you check with your specific CC. The materials from the post office are free, so you can save your money instead of buying manila envelopes (unless you have to use them at your LO's facility).
Also, there is no limit on how much can go in the flat rate pack, per the USPS, just as long as it closes properly. I am not sure about mailing hard cover books, but they can be dropped at BMR's mail box in the lobby. No wire bound books either and books can be new or used. Remove the plastic if they are covered in plastic just to be on the safe side.
A word of caution on ordering books from Amazon, etc. I remember seeing a post on this site saying that someone purchased a used book and had it sent to the facility. The previous owner evidently hid cash in their books (I do that too!) and forgot to get it out before selling it to Amazon. Can't remember if the inmate got in trouble or not but just be careful to not have ANYTHING tucked away in books that you send. Flip through them to be on the safe side and remove loose items, especially cash. Guess they would consider that contraband. Just a thought...

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Re: Sending Printed Material by Media Mail ....
« Reply #42 on: March 02, 2011, 09:18:03 PM »
I have a question? When sending magazines or whatever in the large manila envelopes are we supposed to remove the metal clasp or will they do it? I have been pulling it off because I didn't want it to be refused, but I'd rather leave it on if it's ok.
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« Reply #43 on: March 02, 2011, 09:21:53 PM »
Neddie untll your son gets out of R&C do not send anything in boxes.  Once he is sent to his parent prison, you can then call them and ask what they allow, some of the regular CC's do NOT allow boxes either.  
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« Reply #44 on: March 02, 2011, 09:22:48 PM »
I have a question? When sending magazines or whatever in the large manila envelopes are we supposed to remove the metal clasp or will they do it? I have been pulling it off because I didn't want it to be refused, but I'd rather leave it on if it's ok.

I always left them on ... they'll remove it if they want.
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« Reply #45 on: March 02, 2011, 09:36:24 PM »
Thank you Mah, boy you're quick! :wc60:
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« Reply #46 on: March 02, 2011, 10:01:31 PM »
If a facility does allow boxes, make sure you are shipping to the physical address and not a PO Box.  They cannot deliver boxes to a PO Box and it will get returned.  Also if all your sending is books in a brown draft envelope you can request Media Mail which is cheaper.  But only books qualify for the rate, no magazines or other items like letters, cards.  They say it's not First Class but if you live in state the delivery time is the same and it's cheaper.
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« Reply #47 on: March 02, 2011, 10:05:46 PM »
...make sure you are shipping to the physical address and not a PO Box.  They cannot deliver boxes to a PO Box and it will get returned.  Also if all your sending is books in a brown draft envelope you can request Media Mail which is cheaper.  But only books qualify for the rate, no magazines or other items like letters, cards.  They say it's not First Class but if you live in state the delivery time is the same and it's cheaper.
Good point, Puzzled. Big Muddy changed the inmate mailing address from the PO box to the street address a few months ago.

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« Reply #48 on: March 02, 2011, 10:12:01 PM »
  This topic is about sending mail by Media mail,  let's get i :wc105:
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« Reply #49 on: March 03, 2011, 09:49:29 PM »
I don't know if anyone has tried this but I have bought books from half.com and sent them directly to my husband.  He has gotten everyone.  Just thought I would share that little bit of info.

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Re: Sending Printed Material by Media Mail ....
« Reply #50 on: September 18, 2011, 06:35:29 PM »
Hey all! im sending my l/o a package (well in manilla envelope ) for the first time tomorrow..this is what will be in it  1 crossword book , 1 wordsearch book and 1 sudoku book! 1 postcard with a short lil message on it, a bunch of court papers and like 14 pictures. is that all okay? im thinkin so and can i send that all by media mail since its cheaper ? and stupid question but there a  pic of me and him and hes smokin a cig in the pic is that okay to send? cuz i know they cant have any pics of alcohol!  is that too much for 1 envelope?? and does it go by weight cuz i heard media mail was 2 somethin always. any estimated time of how long it will take to get to him cuz i heard media mail is also faster. btw hes at logan! thanks all ! :)

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« Reply #51 on: September 18, 2011, 07:07:15 PM »
No, that will not be able to be sent at the media mail rate. The postcard and pictures mess that up.

I have sent M envelopes with more filling than you are planning, and I have never had a problem with the mailing. Generally, the manila envelopes are delivered to inmates sooner, but it can still take a week for things to reach him.

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« Reply #52 on: September 18, 2011, 07:27:56 PM »
ok what if i dont tell them that the postcard and pics r in there there but still do media mail rate  ? or do they check like  whats in there  the post office peeps. am i suppose to have the envelope open or can i have it sealed up when i go there?

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« Reply #53 on: September 18, 2011, 09:03:41 PM »
boobah418: I have sent things media mail and they never question it, but I think each post office is different. I send pics, I put them inside one of the magazines or books, they always go thru. Good luck to you.

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« Reply #54 on: September 19, 2011, 08:47:55 AM »
If you can not get the media rate I would suggest getting one of their envelopes/boxes that they advertise if it fits it ships for one rate.  I normally send my l/o stuff in the one that is 8x10 or 11 and it is around $5 because almost always when I send stuff the person at the post office will ask me if there are magazines etc and I just can't seem to fib to them to get the media rate so I just pack the envelope full of stuff to get my $5 worth, I will send magazine, letters, pics etc.  Media rate is much cheaper but sometimes they will ask you what exactly is in there. 

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Re: Sending Printed Material by Media Mail ....
« Reply #55 on: September 19, 2011, 04:08:38 PM »
I send a large manila envelope about once a week, I print up jokes, puzzles, & articles I think J may find of interest. I usually also put in a card & pictures. I send them 2nd day 1st class & it's pretty reasonable - almost always less than $ 2.50 and he gets them faster than the books & magazines I hand deliver to the prison. I read somewhere once (I'm sure on here) that the mailroom tends to want to get the larger envelopes out quicker. It seems to be the case for us. I also like that they have a do-it-yourself machine to weigh & post the envelope yourself. It's very easy to do & you don't have to wait in line.  :spider: (I just love Halloween)
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Re: Sending Printed Material by Media Mail ....
« Reply #56 on: September 19, 2011, 04:49:22 PM »
Media mail is one of the slowest processed mail. It's the cheapest and sometimes it arrives the same as regular but the time frame on media states up to 8 days I believe. I use media mail on my ebay sells.

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« Reply #57 on: September 19, 2011, 06:48:13 PM »
i went to the post office today to ship out the envelope and it was 3.26 not bad to me ! and i was able to ship media mail she asked me what was in there and i said court papers and wordsearch books i didnt mention the letter/postcard and pics ! she said it can take up to 5 days and its slower bcuz its cheaper so i hope it gets there okay and doesnt get lost or shipped back or somethin! thanks all for the replies :)

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Re: Sending Printed Material by Media Mail ....
« Reply #58 on: July 20, 2015, 01:58:48 PM »
I just found out today that there are special Priority Mail boxes that go out for less than the regular ones - if your LO is in your "region" 

I needed a bigger package for a huge, heavy school book (that wouldn't fit in a manila evvelope) and as I was looking at the regular boxes, the lady at the counter wasn't busy, so she asked where it was going and I told her.  She then told me about the Regional Rate boxes.   She had to get them from back in a different room.  Are these new?   Anybody heard of them? 

The one I needed was 13x11x2  and the same rules apply - if it fits, it ships. . . It cost $6.19 for this size.  The box I was going to have to use at the regular price was $12 something. 

Good to know - - - - - Now, after reading this thread to see if there was any other posts about this, all I have to do is wait to see if his facility accepts boxes. . . AND if it is accepted through a PO box.   

Oops,  I don't remember reading about these rules!   Time will tell.

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« Reply #59 on: July 20, 2015, 06:18:00 PM »
Jaf- Western will not accept a priority box being mailed from friends or family. I found out the hard way, it was returned to me unopened 2 weeks later.

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« Reply #60 on: July 20, 2015, 06:26:05 PM »
Jaf- Western will not accept a priority box being mailed from friends or family. I found out the hard way, it was returned to me unopened 2 weeks later.

Well "lucky" for me, my son will be spending his last few months at Pinckneyville.  (long story, , , as usual)  Maybe it will work there, but I'm doubting it, though.   Doggone it!  I really want him to finish the correspondence High School before he gets home.   

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« Reply #61 on: February 10, 2016, 05:34:44 PM »
I need to know if i send books from home to my son, do I write his name and/or his number inside the books? 

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« Reply #62 on: February 10, 2016, 05:37:23 PM »
Anytime I send anything books, magazines or pictures I put his name and number. Even when I drop off magazines I write his Info on those also.

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« Reply #63 on: March 26, 2018, 06:55:27 PM »
I recently sent my LO at Stateville paperback books, through media mail and was really pleased at the reasonable price ($3.00). So today when trying to send magazines and asking to have them sent via media mail the PO employee asked me what I'm sending; I told the truth and said magazines and she told me quite abruptly NOPE, media mail is only for books. So I couldn't help but wonder why I just didn't tell her there were books inside, but as my luck would be, they would open the envelope up and discover magazines.......just sayin'

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« Reply #64 on: March 29, 2018, 06:47:29 AM »
I ran into the same problem sending magazines to my son.  The cost of the postage to send them was almost as much as the item was.  So now I just drop them off when I visit.  I also have magazines subscription that he likes sent directly to him and he has been receiving them with no problems

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« Reply #65 on: March 29, 2018, 08:22:30 AM »
I have more magazines/books that i haven't sent yet, but I'm planning a visit (first one) very soon; does that mean I can bring those items with me and give them to him them; not sure of the process....

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« Reply #66 on: March 29, 2018, 02:09:48 PM »
You can bring up to 5, I think, when you visit. They will go through them and then send them up to his cell I believe.

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« Reply #67 on: March 29, 2018, 07:04:30 PM »
At Taylorville I can only leave 5 items at a time.  Also please be aware some items are not acceptable.  But I am pretty sure they cannot receive anything while in receiving so be aware of that.