The biggest problem is that first class postage is no longer based soley on
weight. The USPS went dimensional a few years ago, so now you can have a one
ounce letter that requires one of four different rates: (.42/.62/.83/1.17).
Five, if you include a first class postcard.
Chatting with our little cow-ville postmaster I asked how many pages could
be put in an envelope for the cost of one stamp. He said that he didn't
know so we did an experiment. From the outset you have to assume that none
of the sheets of 8.5" x 11" paper is any heavier than that found in a copier
machine. At the end of stacking pages on his scale we came up with 8 sheets
of paper. That's what we have gone by for several years now and only
flunked once, that I can recall. I love those little things that simplify
life or are, at least, handy. One more example: The span from the outer
edge of my little finger across my outstretched hand to the outer edge of my
thumb is 7 7/8" - good enough to call it 8" and make a ballpark measurement.
Once again, Google is your friend. Many don't know you can just type any
conversion request into the Google search bar and it does it. It does
just about anything.
1 oz to grams
1 ounce = 28.3495231 grams
nickel bag to grams
but it didn't fly.
If the letters are identical weight, the cheapest way to pay postage is
with a permit imprint. Postage meters are handy for flats and packages.
It's all about image. Someone who works out of his home, sending no more
than a handful of business letters a day, may use a postage meter to
give the impression to his correspondents that he employs a large staff.
On the other hand, an impersonal marketing campaign makes the envelopes
more personal by using stamps. The additional expense of applying stamps
works (not to mention that you've probably paid for postage well in
advance of the mailing) because it gets a few more potential customers
to open the envelope.
Nothing says "bulk rate" and therefore "junk mail" like a permit imprint.
Permit imprint mailings have another advantage: If you really want to
pay for postage at the last minute, you can do it as late as the time
you present the mailing. Although permit users often use advance deposit
Postage meter companies make more money by taking money in advance than
in meter rental fees. They also charge customers fees to give them their
money in advance! Those postage-by-phone and by-Internet recharges
are also profitable.
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