Run Your Postage Needs without Paying Fees
Personally I find postage stamps a royal pain in the ankle, two joints up and around the corner. I have to mail a letter out and in the construction zone I call a home office I cannot find the little booklet of stamps.
Occasionally I have to send something out like a parcel. This has meant a trip to the post office, standing in line and otherwise wasting my time when I could be doing work that pays money.
I looked at several companies that offer online postage management and purchase. I was not happy because their monthly fees are at least USD10 a month and go up from there. So much of my work is online and digital I cannot justify spending that kind of money for my minor postage needs.
I found a solution from Dymo with Http://dymostamps.com . They have a very elegant answer and the only downside is you have to be running Microsoft Windows, not Linux not OS X.
Signing up for an account was very easy. I was impressed with their security. Instead of using passwords they use passphrases which are much more secure. When I set my account I created a temporary passphrase which they reminded me of what it was when they sent me my verification email.
Once you install the software you create a new passphrase.
Certainly they want to sell you a label printer for your postage. While I have a perfectly good multi function laser printer that sees maybe 15 pages of printing a year. So I was not thrilled with having to spend USD200 for a label printer that would get even less usage.
Apparently there thinking of people like me because they sell sheet labels that hold 24 blank pieces of postage per sheet. I was able to order online via my account a package with eight of the sheets for $14.95. That comes out to about 7.8 cents on top of the cost of the postage.
Their software is very slick. I can point at a particular blank on the screen and say from the drop-down menu I am mailing X. if I select a standard envelope it comes out with the correct postage. And the same goes for the variety of priority mail envelopes and boxes.
They even made it easy for me to ask for priority mail supplies to be brought to my door. I certainly cannot begrudge the company making a small profit selling me the post office approved blank labels. At eight cents per item going out the door and just handing it to my postman is a heckuva time and money saver not running down to the post office.
No monthly fees and being able to manage shipping my parcels and paying my bills without having to leave the home office is a great feeling.by