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Posted 10/13/2020   8:27 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add eraserman to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I need to mail a large envelope that will weigh 12 oz.

According to the usps site it will cost $3.20

So I use a non-machinable surcharge stamp which is 70 cents and 16 additional ounce stamps since each is 15 cents ($0.15 x 16 = $2.40) and a 10 cent stamp to make a total of $3.20.

$2.40 + $0.70 + $0.10 = $3.20

Would this be the correct way to use the additional ounce stamps.
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Posted 10/13/2020   9:00 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bluejay2 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yes, I feel both your math and use of the stamps is correct. I have one additional recommendation of writing the value of each stamp alongside (or above or below) each stamp. I did something similar recently. It was returned due to insufficient potage, as a USPS employee processing the envelope believed nonmachineable surcharge stamps were valued at 55. The next day the window clerk affirmed that my math was correct and apologized for the hassle.

In regards to how you calculated the fee at $3.20, I also believe you are again correct unless it is rigid, non-rectangular, or contains thickness fluctuations in excess of 1/4-inch.

Please remember that items weighing 10 ounces or more must be presented to a window clerk at a retail counter, unless postage is paid (at least partially) via credit card via a kiosk, etc.
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