House of J wrote:Yep I know to all of that, it's mainly the recently announced policy of opening and inspecting 1 out of 5 Media Mail packages that concerns me as a new bother. There has been a debate for years over sending comics by Media Mail as they are technically prohibited due to ad content, even for golden age books where the ads are out-of-date, but most sane postal branches allow it or more often never bother to check.
The USPS feels other items are being shipped by Media Rate to save money that aren't Media by any stretch of the imagination, and want that $$. Shouldn't have given all you netflixers such a sweetheart deal if you ask me!
They don't even understand their own policies though. I had an entire shipment returned two weeks ago because they opened a package (with out of date ads - which under the original definition of media mail was allowed - originally ads were permissable if they were 5 years or older - there was no mention of that on the sheet of paper I got.) and then sent back all the other boxes unopened.
All Image books and most indie books fall squarely into the media mail category as they are more than eight pages and only have incidental advertisements for other books.
So now I am offering priority mail on every auction and media mail on those items that qualify as well as parcel post. This has seen an immediate downturn in my ebay business and lots of that shipping is crazy messages, nothing reflected in dsrs yet, but it will be.
Fucking ebay and the post office working together to fuck up their own business.
Netflix has ads why the fuck are they okay to ship? All new DVDs have ads, are they gonna break open them and fucking do the dead, watch them and shit, cause if I get a DVD that I bought new and the post office opens it, it is on.
Plus what happens when someone sends a copy of Lost Girls through the mail? The CBLDF is gonna need a paypal button or something.
Hey HOJ, we should tell ebay to make the bound printed material rate an option, it is generally like fifty cents more than media mail, but you have to wait at the fucking post office.