Presumably, they need US stamps to mail the photograph, so SparklingBlue needs as many as it takes to send an 8x10" (20x25cm) cardboard envelope to Germany. And it's better to send the postage-to-Germany-paid envelope directly to the fan club, not to SparklingBlue, else you'll be sending the same empty envelope across the ocean and back. CG, will you do that? If not, there are other board members who may be willing to help our German friends.
You can put an 8x10" photograph in a cardboard envelope, weight it or have the post office to weigh it, and calculate postage using International postage calculator at www.usps.com/. A little earlier Ace suggested the same thing; I didn't know one could buy US postal stamps outside of US.
Well the P.O. should be able to tell you if they do sell US stamps, the weight would be the envelope you're sending plus a photo, not much difference and they would know the rates from the US to Germany or should.
Just checked the USPS site and who knew regular surface letter mail from the US to Germany was so expensive? $3.80 flat rate for 4-6 weeks surface. Oops just saw that was for up to 1 lb. If it's less there are faster and cheaper options with Airmail and even Priority Mail. A photo even with padded envelope shouldn't be more than 6 oz.
Ah and I see this was already mentioned while I was surfing through the USPS site.
Post by curious george on May 28, 2004 12:48:28 GMT -5
$3.80 flat rate for 4-6 weeks surface but only $5 for 4-6 days Priority Mail. The mind boggles. Oh just checked and that's for 6 oz, if it's 3-4 oz there's also airmail for about $2-3.
Just plain letters don't cost anywhere near that much; I don't know about a photograph sized enveloped plus cardboard weight.
As for sending packages to Germany, you can send them for a not unreasonable amount if you don't mind it taking at least a month to get there, or you can pay twice as much to send it air mail and have it come back to you in four months - when they charge you to give it back. No kidding.
Yes looking at their calculator a .5-1 oz letter would be about 80 cents airmail.
The interesting thing though that where packages are light, 6 oz and under, airmail and even priority is cheaper or just a little more expensive than surface since surface is a flat rate for a 1lb and under.
Post by curious george on May 28, 2004 14:52:45 GMT -5
Is this international priority mail to which you are referring? My experience with "priority" mail within the U.S. has been mixed, also.
The signs say "2-3 day delivery," but they will be the first to admit it's not a guarantee. Last December it took cookies sent "Priority Mail" eight days to get to Colorado. I've had other things get there in the 2-3 days.
Oh I'm pretty sure Sparkling wasn't the only non US member who wondered about postage, there were probably hundreds if not thousands of others, several of whom probably contacted the webmaster who seems to be rather quickly responsive.
I'm Gettin confused! I've been to the post office today and i asked for a 'International Postage Reply Coupon' and they had them! 60p! but i dont understand how to get the fan clubs address on the envolpe and mine also! sorry i'm just gettin really really really confused! and just not understandin anything today sorry!
60p? That's not 60 pounds, is that? My encoding may be wacky when it comes to "alternative" symbols. If it is 60 pounds, PM me, there are cheaper ways to do that.
The way I would do it in the States: - I'd buy a cardboard envelope (photo mailer) - write my own address on it as the recipient's address - write either the fan club address or again my own address as the return address - it doesn't matter what the return adddress is. As a result, your photo mailer should look as it would look if somebody was sending something to you. - take the self-addressed photo mailer to the poist office and ask them to put apropriate amount of stamps. Pay the postage but do not mail it. Outside of the US, you should get this coupon instead of postage, only I have no idea what you do with the coupon - is it just a slip or should it be attached to the envelope? It's something you'll have to find out for yourself. - on a sheet of paper write the information the fan club wants - your club name and what not. - enclose the self-addressed (prepaid?) photo mailer, the letter you've just written, and the coupon, if it's not attached to anything, into another envelope. - put your address as the return address, the fan club address as the recipient's address, take it to the post office, and mail it.
(I didn't mean to sound condescending with this list, but when I typed it in one sentence, it became confusing even to myself.) In short, you send them an envelope they can send back to you without any hassle - they should be able to open your letter, remove the photo mailer, insert a picture there, and drop the envelope in the mail - that's it.
The SOF (that's Scary and Obsessed Fan, mind you!) in me hopes that there is also a step where PB personally signs our fan club names on each and every photograph, but my hopes are ruined by realization that's he's far too busy for that and knowledge that there are machines that copy celebrities signatures these days... Ignorance is bliss...