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Old 09-02-2009, 01:00 PM
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Are there any good alternatives to renting a meter/scale through Pitney Bowes? We use their Mailstation 2 product and the rent keeps going up every year. We tried Stamps.com years ago but it wasn't very efficient.
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Old 09-02-2009, 01:03 PM
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Pitney Bowes sucks, but they're pretty much the only game in town for lower end meters. I used them for over 25 years before I finally dumped their sorry butts.
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Old 09-02-2009, 01:17 PM
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Pitney Sucks, wait that was said above. I agree.

I'm down to small volume and I've been using stamps.com. So far I like them, but not sure I'd like it if I was doing major volume. I use them for mailers to customers, maybe 50 to 100 pieces.

You need to buy their products also, which I don't think are too expensive.

I live in a small town and my local postmaster grumbles every single time I walk in with a label by stamps.com because he tells me the postage is cheaper than he can sell it too me for.

I told him "good for me, bad for the Govt. I guess" that pissed him off. He's a total govt. lacky company man.
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Old 09-02-2009, 01:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Freeebird View Post
Pitney Bowes sucks, but they're pretty much the only game in town for lower end meters. I used them for over 25 years before I finally dumped their sorry butts.
I did run into another company called Neopost, but I don't know anything about them. This is for a small business. When I read some of the FAQ's on the PB site, one stated that only authorized agents can actually own the machines.
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Old 09-02-2009, 03:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Freeebird View Post
Pitney Bowes sucks, but they're pretty much the only game in town for lower end meters. I used them for over 25 years before I finally dumped their sorry butts.
Got one in my office and I cuss and bitch about it all the time but I can not find anything else.

We could ALMOST get by without a postage scale/meter but we use it just enough to justify and when I mail out letters to all of my clients in January it makes it worth while

I also hate them damn $40 ink cartridges that do not last long enough
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I also hate them damn $40 ink cartridges that do not last long enough
We tried the generic cartridges but the quality was poor and it messed up our print head.

tprice-we are in the same business to some extent. We mail organizers in January for the tax side of the business, and quarterly reports for the wealth management side. We did the $20/month deal with PB for one year, then got bumped to $30 and now $40/month.
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hey guys are these things still miserable? the PB website is showing $20/mo which i could do. $40 would be a no go. also do you find you save money on postage thanks to the scale?
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Just severed my relationship with those bloodsuckers. The bulk of our postage goes towards monthly statements and am looking at sending statements via e-mail. A quick pole with our customers surprisingly showed that about 2/3rds of them would actually prefer statements via e-mail vs. snail mail.
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Can't believe this thread popped up as I started it years ago.

We still use it. The cost is around $30/month plus supplies. The product works great and because we mail stuff that varies in weight, it saves a lot of time not having to count and apply stamps. It depends how you value your time. For us, it is worth it, even though they are bloodsuckers as mentioned above.
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I went back to actual stamps after being robbed by PB for almost 12 years. Shame on me.
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Old 06-27-2012, 04:40 PM
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We use Stamps.com -- for us it's great because you can "hide" postage on parcels... you also get a decent discount which more than pays for the $16 a month. Do I like paying the monthly fee? No... but it beats anything else out there.
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Originally Posted by OldPete View Post
We use Stamps.com -- for us it's great because you can "hide" postage on parcels... you also get a decent discount which more than pays for the $16 a month. Do I like paying the monthly fee? No... but it beats anything else out there.
Who are you "hiding" it from?
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:02 PM
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I HATE PITNEY BOWES !!! They charged me rent for their POS Meter after I stopped using it !

I think they should be called PITNEY BLOWS !!!
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:34 PM
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Ugh sorry to hear the PB service is lousy. USPS shows a couple other brands but their websites show zippo on pricing which tells me they must cost too much. The stamps.com option looks inefficient.
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Who are you "hiding" it from?
Customers don't understand that there are more costs to shipping than just the actual transportation expense. Packing materials, labor, etc. So they get bent out of shape when the shipping they see on the label is $x and they are charged $x+

With stamps.com you can hide it. It's wonderful.
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