USPS Media Mail Requirements

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Media mail is a budget option offered by the United States Postal Service for those mailing certain types of media. Select items that do not meet the requirements for periodical rates can still receive a reduction from first class postage. There are some drawbacks to media mail, but for the cost-conscious media mailer, it is an option to consider.

Contents

  • Only select items qualify to be sent via media mail. Books that are more than eight pages long, film, recorded tapes, scripts and computer-recorded materials are allowed. Also acceptable are printed tests, music, educational charts or medical binders. Books can have only incidental advertising.

Packaging

  • Media mail packages must weigh less than 70 pounds. Any package that does not bend, is not rectangular or varies in thickness must be packaged as a parcel. A complete return address, including a zip code, must be included on each parcel. The package must also include a delivery address complete with zip code. Every piece should be marked as "Media Mail" in the postage area. Senders can meter packages.

Costs

  • Media mail is a less expensive than first class. The cost depends on the size and weight of package. Mailings that exceed 300 pieces and are segregated appropriately, and receive a discount on media mail rates. Those that mail using barcodes can also receive discounted postage. As with all postage rates, the Postal Service has incremental rate increases.

Delivery Time

  • Packages sent using media mail rates might take longer to arrive than packages sent via first class mail.

Inspections

  • Post Office employees have the right to verify that packages marked "Media Mail" meet the requirements to receive the reduced rate. If package is determined to be not eligible, a higher postage rate will be required.

References

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