Media Mail postage to Alaska, Hawaii: More expensive?

Discussion in 'Marketplace Discussions' started by riverrat, May 10, 2019.

  1. riverrat

    riverrat Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Does MM postage to AK and HI cost more than to the lower 48?
    I realize it is probably slower; just wondering about any cost differentials
  2. Spitfire

    Spitfire Senior Member

    Pacific Northwest
    Should be the same. Just takes longer
  3. Combination

    Combination Forum Resident

    New Orleans
    Substantially slower - like a month to get there.
  4. ScramMan2

    ScramMan2 Forum Resident

    Portland OR
    I'd hate to use MM because of the extra time involved. If I ship to AK and HI I like to bump up the service to at least FCM and possibly PM box depending on the media sold.

    If you are shipping vinyl I'd look into PM Cubic, it's about half the cost of regular PM.
  5. riverrat

    riverrat Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Thanks everyone.
    The reason I ask is because in my offerings here I specify that MM postage costs $3 (or is included) within the CONUS.
    But I wondered if that is a silly distinction. I've never sold an item to anyone in AK or HI, so to date it has not been an issue.
    Just wanted to find out if I should just drop that proviso from my listings.
  6. 12" 45rpm

    12" 45rpm Forum Resident

    New York City
    I think shipping to Hawaii/Alaska is cheaper than East Coast if you are sending from West coast..
  7. Joseph.McClure

    Joseph.McClure Forum Resident

    Memphis, TN
    I thought Media Mail was the same $ regardless of the distance involved.
  8. R. Totale

    R. Totale The Voice of Reason

    Probably, Media Mail costs the same everywhere. Instead, offer to send anywhere by Priority Mail if the buyer wants to pay for it, with the rate to be determined depending on destination. I have sold things to both Hawaii and Alaska and buyers there always want Priority.
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  9. ScramMan2

    ScramMan2 Forum Resident

    Portland OR
    Media Mail is the same rate. US and possessions (Guam, PR, Marshall Islands). Just remember that they go on a slow boat, not truck.

    When our unit got shipped back to the US from Vietnam I wanted to go on that slow boat. A two week trip.

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