What Is Media Mail?


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Media Mail is a shipping class of the United States Postal Service. It is a cost-effective way to send educational materials, but it can take longer than other shipping classes. It takes between two and eight days to deliver.

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There are restrictions on what can be sent as Media Mail. The materials must be educational, such as used textbooks, and can't contain any advertising, computer drives, video games or digital drives of any kind. The maximum weight for Media Mail packages is 70 pounds. USPS staff may examine the package to determine if the right price has been paid. If the package cannot be examined due to the way it is wrapped, it is charged the first-class rate.

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