When you discover a tool that allows you to function more efficiently, it’s a great day and printing USPS postage online is one of those.
If you’ve tried to mail packages of baseball cards or other memorabilia–especially at this time of year, you know what I mean. Standing in line stinks. It’s wasted time you’ll never get back. And when you have a lot of packages to ship, no one in that post office branch is happy. You don’t want to lug them all to the window. The clerk wants to move the line along but you’ve just put a stop to that. The people behind you are not pleased that you’re shipping 15 packages from Miami to Mauna Loa. It’s the kind of thing you wish you could hire someone to do. There is, however, an answer. It’s not free, but it’s close.
A few years ago, I discovered something that really helped me out when I was selling a lot of cards on eBay. Not many dealers or collectors were using it then. Even the postal employees weren’t sure how I could have already printed postage. THEY were the ones who were supposed to do that. I got a lot of strange looks. But it worked. The sales pitch was right. With With Stamps.com you can print postage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
They sent me a free digital postal scale (plastic and limited to about ten pounds, but quite efficient and accurate). They suggested using labels but I went the cheap route and just used regular copy paper. After downloading the software, you just filled in the label, weighed the package and applied it, then printed. Affix it to the package and drop it in the mailbox. No more waiting in line unless I needed special services. If you screw up the label, you ask for a credit and once the USPS proves you’re not cheating, they issue a refund. Beautiful.
There is a monthly fee of around $15, but to me it was worth every penny to avoid the post office lines. It also kept me organized in terms of which packages I’d mailed since Stamps.com kept a record.
Twenty years ago if someone had said you could print your own postage, you’d have been arrested. Somehow they worked it out and the folks who came up with Stamps.com are probably making a fortune. Good for them. Printing postage from your computer is an idea that should make somebody filthy rich.
I hate to make this sound like a commercial, but I’m pretty sure if you ship more than a couple of packages a week, you’ll be satisfied with what Stamps.com can do. And here’s an added bonus you’ll discover: the scale is a good tool for estimating the weight of a package so you don’t have to guess when you’re asked to put down a shipping cost in your eBay listings. Over time, that can pay for the monthly fee.
When you sign up, they usually offer some sort of free postage bonus that covers your first couple of months and they almost always throw in the digital scale for free. Right now, the bonus is $80. Click the link below to check it out:
Save time and money with Stamps.com. Sign up today for an $80 offer.
I think you’ll like it.