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Topic: Shipping Roasted Coffee to Friends (12 msgs / 281 lines)
1) From: Greg's Gmail Address
Has anyone figured out the best way to ship 12-16 oz. of roasted coffee to a
friend or family?  I have a few ziploc bags (valved) am looking for advice
on shipping weights, boxes, etc.  I have done some research but am just
wondering if someone has already optimized all this information, etc.
Thanks.  Greg (newbie, lurking now for a few months).
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2) From: bob grauberger
Greg,
I use the priority boxes that you get from the post office - they are free,=
 sturdy, self sealing & I can usually stuff a couple of pounds into the med=
ium sized boxes. Flat rate helps too.
Either pick them up from your local branch, or order online to have a dozen=
 shipped post-free to your house.
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3) From: g paris
Greg:
I would agree wityh Bob 1000%, 1 pound or less is typically 4.50 +/- and the
one price are a fabulous buy.
boxes free, fill and ship.
you can also save by using the online USPS site.
ginny
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4) From: raymanowen
You might ask at the Post Office counter and at FedEx/ Kinko's. It's their
job. -ro
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5) From: Edward Bourgeois
I often use usps 1st class, has a max total weight of 13oz and is
pretty fast and much cheaper than priority. If you have plastic valve
bags I use a dry iron to seal or could go in zip lock with tape across
the opening(as Tom does with larger bags) and then put a small piece
of tape on a side with a pin prick through tape and bag to let gas
out. Much depends on how far away and the weight as to the best way.
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6) From: michael brown
I Was Just Looking into That Myself. It Appears With An Account With usps They Will send The Boxes And Can Print Labels From Their Site And Schedule A Pickup. sounded Nice To Me. Also They Had A Calculator That Helped Me Choose Which Option I Wanted.

7) From: Greg's Gmail Address
Thanks to all responders.  Greg
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8) From: Malcolm Staudinger
There's no way that any of the couriers are going to be cheaper than 
USPS for something like this. 1-2 pounds will fit in a priority 
flat-rate envelope, for just under $5 regardless of destination. As 
someone else mentioned, 1st class is great if you're shipping sub-13oz 
packages.
Malcolm
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9) From: Jim Campbell
Howdy all, its been quite a while since I've been on
the list.  The good news, my alien abduction went
well....1
I've shipped coffee using USPS Media Mail.  I seal up
my roasted beans in a food save vac bag that lays
pretty flat.  So, it sort of looks like a book.
The nice part, its a flat rate of $2.23 (give or
take).
Downside is its a 5-9 day delivery.
While on the stage, I also triple seal each end of my
foodsaver bag.  I found that a single seal had a habit
of bursting open during degassing.
Well, back to work!
FWIW, I'm a HG/DB roaster.  I do about 2 pounds a week
for friends and family.  Brew in press, moka, pour
over drip and a Bunn-o-matic.  Grind with a Zass. 
Dream of a lever machine...
Happy Weekend!
Jim
Home roasting coffee, one bean at a time.....
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10) From: Malcolm Staudinger
What part of "Media Mail" is unclear to you?http://pe.usps.gov/text/dmm300/173.htm#wp1079569if you want it spelled out
People that ship Media Mail for things that do not qualify are just 
costing the rest of us rule-abiding mail users more. And then, when you 
go to actually ship a book or CD or something, you are treated like a 
criminal by USPS employees trying to ensure you're not gaming the 
system, and asking 2 or 3 times if it's actually what you're claiming it is.
Even if you have no qualms about breaking the law, consider that when 
(and it's just a matter of time) you get caught, one of the following 
will happen:
1. Your recipient will receive the piece, postage due, eventually. 
Depending on where it was caught during transit, you'll get somewhere 
between worst-case media mail (which is indefinite), and approaching but 
not reaching Priority, which is what they're going to be paying for. So 
why not just pay for Priority in the first place? Or hell, if you want 
to be cheap and slow, at least go for Parcel Post...
2. You'll get it returned to you, postage due, because media mail does 
not include forwarding and return service in the cost. Thus, you'll be 
back with your package, and you'll be out what you paid, out the 
additional you paid to have it shipped back to you and released, and I 
would assume you'd still want to ship the coffee, so there's more out of 
your pocket. Once again, paying for the proper service in the first 
place saves you time and hassle.
If you're caught more than once, expect communication from either your 
local postmaster, or the distant one that catches you, explaining that 
they do not take kindly to this sort of theft of service, and are 
cracking down.
Besides, isn't this hobby all about fresh coffee? Even if you could send 
coffee legally via Media Mail, it's the last thing that I would want to 
put my recipients through.
So please, do us all a favor and stop ripping off the postal service.
/just a grumpy guy that mails things for a living.
Malcolm
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11) From: Jim Campbell
Malcolm,
While I was a bit taken aback by your grumpaucity,
thanks for the education.  I was not aware of the
rules around media mail and won't abuse it in the
future.
Jim
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12) From: MikeG
+ 1 on the rant.  I'll add the irritation of receiving packages where
the sender has chosen to use free USPS priority or express packing
boxes/bags for internal packaging material.
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