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Thursday, July 16, 2009

How to Print Postage for Free

Update March 10, 2016.

I got this printer, which is the Amazon #1 seller in Desktop Label Printers. 'Nuff Said. I prefer it to the Dymo Twin Turbo for SHIPPING labels. The 450 is better for other things like address labels.

Update Nov 18, 2013

I bought a Dymo Twin Turbo 450 printer NOS for $20, $15 on Ebay got me a power supply. I got cheap 99019 labels on Ebay for around 4 cents each shipped. I have not printed any postage yet but from what I've read selecting the Dymo 300 (IIRC) option on Paypal should work. This is a big label, so if it fits your package, you should be good. I will update when I print some. Comments below if you have them. 

Updated 11 November 2009

This was previously titled 'How to Print First Class Postage for Free' but since you can also print other types of postage, including Media Mail, Priority, etc. I changed it.

Updated 16 July 2009

1. Login to Paypal.
2. Paste this into your browser address bar


Or click this link.

That opens a shipping form. Easy, and free.

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Older methods below in case Paypal changes or restricts the above option.

Updated 4 Oct 2007.

Here's an easier way:

(Still using a Paypal.com account, read on)

Click 'Details' on any payment you've received in your payment history in which you shipped something to buyer.

Then click 'Ship Another' (see below) and change the address info. Select USPS as your shipping service.

Old info, still valid but more tedious: (But once you send one payment for goods to yourself you can use that transaction over and over as above.)

You need two Paypal accounts:

A personal Paypal (click there for a Premium one, if you're going to sell on Ebay, it's advisable) account.

And I'd get a premium Paypal account. You can have one of each, you just need a unique credit card and bank for each one.

Send yourself a penny from the premium account to the personal for 'goods'. Or you could just have a friend send you a penny from their account.

The trick:
When you go to ship, just change the address to whatever you want (that's the trick, you don't have to send it to the default address) and select First Class postage for it.

Yeah, it's a bit of a pain, but if you're out of stamps, and don't want to go to the post office, how much time is it going to save? Plus it's free. First class is a LOT cheaper than Priority for small packages which is what I use it for.


Anonymous said...

It is not free. You still have to pay the postage.

Anonymous said...

Nice catch: 'you still have to pay for the postage'. I hear there's an opening for a blogger at DUH.com

Anonymous said...

Of course you have to pay the postage! The whole point is to avoid paying any _subscription charges_ that you would otherwise HAVE TO pay by using alternative sites like stamps.com or endicia.com as usps.com does not list printing of 1st class postage.

illmannered_1 said...

Thanks, that's freakin' awesome!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this!

Kim said...

It is FREE... other places you have to pay for the service of printing postage... here, you only pay for the postage! Thank you... I used to send myself money so I could print postage from PP... tedious! This is nice to know!

Rob said...

You're all welcome. I'm still using this all the time. :)

Anonymous said...

Tanks for this tip, just what I was looking for!

Anonymous said...

totally genius.

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