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Most of the major auction dealers use Media Mail, unless requested otherwise, 
and I've been happy with the results for years. It's the individual eBay 
sellers who need to be hit over the head and shown training films on how to 
package records (and not underpack, and not overpack).

According to Tom Hawthorn, the adjustments to the rates mean a slight increase 
for small parcels and lower costs for shipping larger ones.

dl

Joel Ackerman wrote:
 > My experience has been the same as Jack's.
 > Joel Ackerman
 >
 > -----Original Message-----
 >> From: Jack Palmer <[log in to unmask]>
 >> Sent: Jun 8, 2007 5:30 PM
 >> To: [log in to unmask]
 >> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Media mail
 >>
 >>    I have to admit that I have never had any problem with Media Mail except 
sometimes it is a little slow.  Both shipping and receiving have been OK. 
However sloppy packing is another matter. But mine was not done by the Post 
Office, who have never opened a pkg up till now.   Jack
 >>
 >> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Tom Fine" <[log in to unmask]>
 >> To: <[log in to unmask]>
 >> Sent: Friday, June 08, 2007 9:01 AM
 >> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Media mail
 >>
 >>
 >>> This is true! I did a transfer of one reel for a guy, and he paid by 
sending me a large box of junk tape on metal reels (the payment was the metal 
reels and boxes). As far as I was concerned, because there was ONE for-sure 
recorded tape in there, the whole thing counted for Media Mail. His post office 
raised a ruckus but he stuck to his guns and the local postmaster sided with us.
 >>>
 >>> -- Tom Fine
 >>>
 >>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Robert Hodge" <[log in to unmask]>
 >>> To: <[log in to unmask]>
 >>> Sent: Friday, June 08, 2007 8:48 AM
 >>> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Media mail
 >>>
 >>>
 >>>> I've had a few reopened , but only one that was sloppily repacked.  The
 >>>> bells seem to go off when the inspector believes the sender is trying to
 >>>> pull a fast one. Nothing implied here.
 >>>> There has been a continuing conterversy about what constitutes "
 >>>> Media".  Some postal workers do not consider piano rolls and music box
 >>>> discs  acceptable as" media". I would !
 >>>>
 >>>> Bob Hodge
 >>>>
 >>>>>>> [log in to unmask] 6/7/2007 11:26 PM >>>
 >>>> Has anyone had any incidents involving the opening of media mail
 >>>> containing 78s by the post office?  Any where they were badly repacked
 >>>> by them?
 >>>>
 >>>> I've not had the experience but am trying to track down a rumor.
 >>>>
 >>>> Steve Smolian
 >>>>
 >>>
 >