USPS postage - round up or down?

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Original Post

epponie says

If you were shipping a package USPS Priority Mail and it weighed 1lb 0.4oz, would you...

A) round up to 1lb 1oz and eat the extra $2.26 shipping

B) round down to 1lb, save $2.26, and hope that it makes it there fine.

anyone ever just round down when it comes to shipping...any issues with delivery?


Posted at 10:22pm Jan 20, 2010 EST


I always round up. I never want to take the chance of a delay with something being sent back to me.

Posted at 10:24pm Jan 20, 2010 EST

Lambsears says

I always round up if it is above .05. I would be mortified if someone had to pay postage to get their order!

Posted at 10:25pm Jan 20, 2010 EST

pixiebell says

I always round up, that way I know I'm safe. I think you're supposed to round up anyway.

Posted at 10:25pm Jan 20, 2010 EST

crimisrock says

I round up. Better to have extra postage on it, then having it returned to you for not enough!

Posted at 10:25pm Jan 20, 2010 EST

piddies says

I believe packages are randomly weighed, so you might be fine, but if it were me I'd either adjust the package so I saved those 4 oz (use airpack packing materials, etc. if possible), or just pay the accurate postage. I'd be horrified if a buyer received a package with extra postage due, and that can happen. I also wouldn't want it returned to me, because then I'd probably have to pay all of the original postage PLUS the extra $2.26.

Posted at 10:26pm Jan 20, 2010 EST

If I am understanding your question correctly, then no I wouldn't even think of rounding down. I would hate for my package to get where its going and my customer got stuck paying the difference. Can't imagine that customer comning back.

Posted at 10:26pm Jan 20, 2010 EST

Always round up the weight. The same with measuring a package.

Posted at 10:26pm Jan 20, 2010 EST

I would always round up. You don't want my customer to have to pay something or my item to come back.

Posted at 10:27pm Jan 20, 2010 EST

piddies says

Or, would the item fit in either a flat rate envelope or small flat rate box? Then it doesn't matter if it's over 1lb. In my other shop I sell sets of stainless steel coasters that weigh about 2 lbs when packaged, but they are small enough to fit in a small flat rate box so I only pay $4.95

Posted at 10:27pm Jan 20, 2010 EST