USPS Click N Ship First Class Mail 10

If you’re like me and you run an internet business, cheap first class mail for packages weighing less than a pound would be a great savings over priority mail.  However, USPS does not offer first class mail with their online click n ship tools.  They’ll direct you to another third party site like that make you pay a monthly fee in order to print first class postage online.  How is it that other third party companies can figure out USPS’s business better than they can?

My chat with their customer service on the topic:

Mary : I understand you are having an issue with first class labels.
nick: hi mary
Mary : First-Class Parcels, Parcel Post, Media Mail, Bound Printed Matter and Library Mail are not available Click-N-Ship services at this time. We may add these services for future enhancements at a later time; however, in the meantime you may want to visit one of our other PC Postage USPS Approved Providers at PC Postage Providers.
nick: that link doesn’t work
nick: so other 3rd party providers are able to figure it out before you guys?
Mary : They may add them on in the future, however shipping methods such as First Class and Parcel Post are based solely on weight and destination. As most consumers do not have scales to enter in weight accurately, packages with insufficient postage would be returned.

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10 thoughts on “USPS Click N Ship First Class Mail

  • Tr

    They are in cahtoots 2 gether. This way they can justify not having a service to make you pay for it elsewhere. Both USPS and the 3rd party companies agreed to this and probably split the profits. This way the Gov. funded entity can get $$ off the back end.

    • phil hartman

      actually- NOT a gov’t funded entity– All is paid for with the sale of stamps / postage etc that usps is allowed to sell to the public.

  • Sara

    Doesn’t it go without saying that you need to have a scale before printing postage? I don’t see why that should be the great hold-up – let those who don’t print accurate postage learn from their mistakes.

    Jack, the link was helpful, though I’d prefer not to have to go through Paypal. Thanks!

  • Techbox Computer

    I asked two tellers down at the P.O. both said I simply had to go to the click -n-ship WRONG….but Nick Bartlett showed us how =)
    Thanks Nick

  • phil hartman

    I, too encountered this problem. I do not send many packages- FCM sent from the PO would have been 3 bucks & change, but I had to pay about double that to get clicknship service. Actually, I work for the PO & pick up many FCM click & ship packages from folks mail boxes. I wish USPS would make it easier- accurate scales are easy to come by.

  • Glen

    Yeah, these are the kind of mind-numbing answers one gets from post office employees. The comment about people not having scales is rich. If this keeps them from offering certain on line shipping metjods, why not all of them based on weight? It’s idiotic. Your tax dollars at work,