Topic Thread

1.  Postage machine suggestions

Posted 8 days ago
We are starting the process of reviewing our Postage Machine lease.  What is everyone else doing?  We need a scale and the ability to print labels.  Other than that, we have greatly reduced our postage need and so are trying to minimize the monthly cost.

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Shawn Erickson CCIFP, CPA, MBA
Chief Financial Officer
C.J. Erickson Plumbing Co.
Alsip, IL
708-224-4421
shawn.erickson@cjerickson.com
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2.  RE: Postage machine suggestions

Posted 7 days ago
We use stamps.com for a monthly fee of 15.00. We can buy stamps and labels through their website. They also sent us a scale that's directly linked to a computer that tells the weight and will create a stamp with that dollar amount. Hope this helps.


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Jillane Brown
President
Browe Construction Company
Selma NC
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3.  RE: Postage machine suggestions

Posted 7 days ago

We use a company called Franco-Postalia out of Carol Stream, IL.

The postage meter has a scale as well as different types of postage rates set according to weight.   They charges are not expensive, and you can refill the meter as many times as you would like directly through the meter.

It is also small so it does not take too much space.  If you are interested to learn more let me know and I will send you their info. 



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Vania Schomp BA
Controller
Alpine Painting
Paterson NJ
(973) 279-3991
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4.  RE: Postage machine suggestions

Posted 7 days ago
I kept asking for price breaks on the lease.  Only when we threatened to leave Pitney Bowes did they agree to send us a smaller machine with no lease agreement.  We are now paying $14.12 per month for a scale, postage on labels, and postage on envelope service.  They also use a WiFi device for downloading postage and updates (postage increases) on to the machine.  I suggest if your needs are small ask for a smaller version of the machine.  I think our mail machine is older yet it works.  Mail Station 2.

I looked into other companies and I think they are all hard to work with.  Zero customer service.  They want you to use their website for everything.  Trying to get to a human to discuss things is very hard.  I was very close to wrapping up the machine and sending it back and going with stamps.  Like you we use very little postage now.  I am sure there are scales you can buy and look up the postage online, print the postage out on labels.  There is Stamps.com that does just this.  Of course they also want to charge you a convenience monthly fee for their service too.  When I looked at the time involved versus the postage machine, I felt the $14.12/month was equal to the added labor of using an alternative method.

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Gail Fleming Bachelors of Science
Finance Operations Manager
The Reijnen Company, Inc.
Bainbridge Island WA
(206) 780-9537
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5.  RE: Postage machine suggestions

Posted 7 days ago
Shawn,

We use pitney bowes and haven't had any issues with them. We pay a quarterly fee of around $150 and have the meter linked to my company american express so we can add money to it when needed.

I would avoid stamps.com though. They send me stuff periodically trying to earn our business but we have never used them. I just know they were a nightmare to deal with last week after someone set up an account in our name and used it to mail out fraudulent checks for a company I had never even heard of before.

Good luck!

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Kelsie Schoener
BMF Solutions LLP
Cypress TX
(832) 220-1500
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6.  RE: Postage machine suggestions

Posted 7 days ago
Although... after reading other responses I am thinking I may need to revisit our agreement with Pitney Bowes.

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Kelsie Schoener
BMF Solutions LLP
Cypress TX
(832) 220-1500
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7.  RE: Postage machine suggestions

Posted 6 days ago
We were with Pitney Bowes for years.  This summer we made the switch to NeoPost.  Half the cost of Pitney Bowes and no worries or problems.

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Robert Cline, Chief Financial Officer
DLP Construction Company, Inc.
Alpharetta GA
(770) 887-2357
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8.  RE: Postage machine suggestions

Posted 6 days ago
We also use Stamps.com and have loved it! It's inexpensive and we have had great customer service compared to PB.

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Bobby Redinger CPA, CCIFP
CFO
Timberlake Construction
Oklahoma City OK
(405) 840-5469
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9.  RE: Postage machine suggestions

Posted 6 days ago
I used a Neopost meter for quite a few years, and about 2 years ago I switched to Stamps.com. In my experience, the Stamps program has been both cheaper and easier to use, especially for shipping larger envelopes and packages.

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Daniel Forster
Bookkeeper
Lamont Bros LLC
Oregon City OR
(503) 713-5335
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