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Well I hate having to mail stuff out... simple beacuse i always have to ask someone else to mail it out for me, etc.

So some basic things that i wanna know...

Does everyone here either have their own scale or really personally go to the post office to have it weighed, etc.?

Stamps VS. printing labels?

Does anyone just estimate the number of stamps to put, without using a scale? Is there an effective way to estimate the weight? i.e. x # of copy paper is approx. x oz.

am i the only oen who can never quite figure out an effective mailing system of sorts?

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I use my kitchen scales! Then check the weight against the Royal Mail website.
I bought a little $5 kitchen scale that measure up to 2 pounds, and it saved me a lot of trips to the post office for a one or two stamp letter. I ship things occasionally for my online store, and that can be a pain in the butt - I sell something with a quote for shipping in First Class, and then it's just a tiny bit over 13 ounces, doubling the shipping cost.
Don't forget about oversize/rigid/odd shaped envelopes and the fact that they get extra charges - I've had so many things returned for being 13 cents short because it was a tiny bit too thick. usps.com makes things pretty clear, other than a way to weigh things without a scale.
I do prefer stamps than Labels because it looks more personal. plus I know people who collects used stamps.

about the weight, depends what and where do you ship it. each zine is different, but sometimes you release an issue and mail it to all of your penpals or people you trade with, so after a dozen of trade you will know exactly how many stamps to put on the envelope.


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