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#1 scaevola

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 03:07

I've tried looking up the answer to this, and I haven't found much on the web. How many pages can I fit in a stamp for a letter?

I've got 10 light notebook paper pages, and I just want to make sure they'll be okay for it.

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 03:11

How about you walk it to your post office? The 44 cents or so now is overkill for something like a check, but at least then you would be paying exactly how much was needed instead of letting the post keep the change. We would never know how much it costs, since it's based on weight. Priority mail has its own rate too for letters I think, but I don't know when the jump in rate is. Weight my dear Watson, it's elementary.
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Posted 01 June 2011 - 03:25

How about you walk it to your post office? The 44 cents or so now is overkill for something like a check, but at least then you would be paying exactly how much was needed instead of letting the post keep the change. We would never know how much it costs, since it's based on weight. Priority mail has its own rate too for letters I think, but I don't know when the jump in rate is. Weight my dear Watson, it's elementary.


I'm not in the city for two months. It's a pain to get to the post office.

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 03:43

The 44-cent domestic first class rate is for up to 1 ounce. Ten sheets of even 16-lb notebook paper (assuming 8.5x11 inches) plus the envelope would probably weigh more than 1 ounce, by my calculation. Seven sheets of this paper plus the envelope would be about the limit for the 1-ounce weight. To be safe, affix 64 cents worth of stamps to your mail.
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Posted 01 June 2011 - 04:01

Six sheets of 20# paper and one business envelope of the same weight paper go for one one-ounce stamp. If you use a larger envelope like 6x9 or 9x12 inches there will be a surcharge for the larger size. You can adjust for different paper weights. A reference is the "Writer's Market" section on mailing manuscripts.

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 04:17

depends on the size and weight as others have said, this is why airmail stationery was developed.
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Posted 01 June 2011 - 13:14

Like others have said, it depends on the weight of the paper. I happened to inherit a postage scale so I just throw my letters on there before they go out. Assuming you haven't come by such a device, the next best thing is to take a pad of the paper and envelope you intend to use to the post office when you go and have them weight some sheets. I did that with one of my heavier papers and just made a note that 5 pages of that was safe for the 44 cents. USUALLY, I'm safe with 5 sheets. Another thing you can do is buy a few stamps for the next ounce which is now 20 cents, I believe. Maybe someone will correct me or check with you mail carrier or post office. If in doubt, throw on the postage for another ounce.

One person that wrote to me liked to use HP 32# paper and I was always having to pay the extra postage on the letters. On top of that, she'd paint on the paper with acrylic paints and add a wax seal! :ltcapd:

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 14:16

You can get a good estimate of an ounce by placing a U.S. quarter on one side of a pivot and your filled envelope on the other. So long as the quarter is heavier, you're OK.

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 20:13

You can get a good estimate of an ounce by placing a U.S. quarter on one side of a pivot and your filled envelope on the other. So long as the quarter is heavier, you're OK.


Um, by my reasonably accurate kitchen scale, a U.S. quarter weighs 2/10 of an ounce, so five quarters is about an ounce.
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Posted 01 June 2011 - 20:21


You can get a good estimate of an ounce by placing a U.S. quarter on one side of a pivot and your filled envelope on the other. So long as the quarter is heavier, you're OK.


Um, by my reasonably accurate kitchen scale, a U.S. quarter weighs 2/10 of an ounce, so five quarters is about an ounce.


Ditto.

Stacked 5 U.S. Quarter Dollar (25 cent) pieces on my kitchen electronic scale and it weighed out at 1.0 ounce.
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Posted 01 June 2011 - 21:40

Domestic US in a standard letter envelope is 44 cents for 1 ounce. Depending on the weight of the paper and envelope, maybe 4 pages.

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 21:42

I've tried looking up the answer to this, and I haven't found much on the web. How many pages can I fit in a stamp for a letter?

I've got 10 light notebook paper pages, and I just want to make sure they'll be okay for it.


Ten pages are probably going to be more than one ounce.
When you walk to the post office to mail your letter, pick up some 20 cent stamps. The second and other ounces of a 1st class letter are 20 cents, not 44 cents.

If your household has a kitchen scale, use that. I've got digital and it's very accurate; when in doubt, I round up one ounce.

You can also order stamps online from USPS dot com.

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Posted 02 June 2011 - 03:12



You can get a good estimate of an ounce by placing a U.S. quarter on one side of a pivot and your filled envelope on the other. So long as the quarter is heavier, you're OK.


Um, by my reasonably accurate kitchen scale, a U.S. quarter weighs 2/10 of an ounce, so five quarters is about an ounce.


Ditto.

Stacked 5 U.S. Quarter Dollar (25 cent) pieces on my kitchen electronic scale and it weighed out at 1.0 ounce.

Right! Five is the correct number for one ounce. The USPS website will give the cost of postage for additional ounces.