Internet Postage Advice

I highly recommend printing out your own stamps using your own Internet-connected desktop computer. In my small business that I own and operate, I need to mail just a couple of things each day. However, the items will invariably consist of a variety of business-size (#10) envelopes, 8×10 or 9×12 flat or catalog envelopes, priority mail, small boxes, bubble-padded envelopes, even CD mailers. I got tired of trying to keep track of all sorts of different stamps; it was expensive to keep up the supply and still required regular trips to the post office to stand on line.

So I signed up with the USPS NetStamps program. The software was very easy to install and use, a neat little postage scale was part of the offer, and no added equipment was needed, as the sheets of stamps could be printed through the bypass feeder of my laser printer. I could purchase stamp blanks with different designs, or make my own by uploading a photo or a graphic. I took advantage of this by making myself a logo, and again when I placed a text business announcement right on my stamps. However, there is a monthly service charge.

Recently I learned that DYMO is partnered with Endicia to offer the Print DYMO Stamps program that uses special postage labels with no monthly fee. On the other hand, I did need to add a peripheral to be connected to my computer’s USB port, namely one of the more expensive DYMO LabelWriters (Turbo or Duo) . There currently is no variety of stamp designs, but there is no monthly fee. The software is easy to set up and use, and the Internet interactions seem a little faster than with the USPS site.

I love being able to print out just the number of stamps that I need at that moment, in the variety of values for the different items. I highly recommend either of these two solutions for printing your own postage, depending on which features appeal to you most.

That’s just my opinion — what’s yours?

Philip A. Gilly, MD, FAAFP
Family Physician, computer enthusiast, digital photographer, Webmaster and Internet content creator.

Philip owns and operates a low-overhead solo private practice, the Kinderhook Wellness Center. Maintains the Kinderhook Connection Web portal, which provides Web content services for a local medical office, medical society, bookstore, and business association, as well as news and information about the historic village of Kinderhook, NY. As for the print media, he has been published in two medical journals, has had numerous articles published in local newspapers on medical issues, and serves as a reviewer for Family Practice Management.

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