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How many stamps do I need for $3.19 in postage?

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How many stamps do I need for $3.19 in postage?

I have hundreds of video games I’m planning on selling via eBay.

They meet the requirements for Canada Post Lettermail in a bubble mailer for ‘non standard between 100-200g’ which costs $3.19. How many stamps do I put on the bubble mailer for $3.19? I’m a total mailing noob. Looking to do this cost effectively as well considering I will be doing this 100’s of times.

Thanks!!
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Nov 22, 2015
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Package them up and bring them to the post office. Or buy old stamps that add up to the correct amount. If you use the new Permanent stamps, you'll need 4 per package, but you're wasting $1.01 with every package
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KanataKG wrote: Package them up and bring them to the post office. Or buy old stamps that add up to the correct amount. If you use the new Permanent stamps, you'll need 4 per package, but you're wasting $1.01 with every package
I was hoping to avoid going to the post office every time. Crap.

So how much is 1 stamp worth in postage value? (I.e. how are you calculating $1.01 in waste?)

Can I buy stamps of different values?
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Dec 13, 2007
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wow that's another level of lazy. You can't go to Canada post's website and buy stamps? You have to ask on the forum?
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slavka012 wrote: wow that's another level of lazy. You can't go to Canada post's website and buy stamps? You have to ask on the forum?
Lazy? I guess I’m missing something (which is why I’m asking) but I have scoured Canada posts website and it’s not clear how many stamps I need to put on an envelope that requires $3.19 in postage. I’ve never mailed anything beyond a simple letter that requires 1 stamp. This needs more than that and I didn’t quite understand what the value of a stamp is to determine how many I need for $3.19.

Your comment is not helpful, I’m genuinely asking and am obviously missing something on the website or the concept of using stamps.
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Rent out a stamping machine from Canada Post to save $1 and trip to the post office
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Shwa
Put 3 stamps and tape two dimes on the envelope.
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A "P" stamp or [permanent] stamp is worth $0.92 as of Jan/20. so 4 x 0.92 = $3.68 => good to go for you but you're over paying by $0.49 on each package.

You could use 3 x $0.92 stamps and add a $0.50 stamps = 3 x 0.92 + 0.50 = $3.26 and overpay by $0.07 instead. I think that's close enough.

Look for the "low value definitives" ie smaller denomination stamps.

https://www.canadapost.ca/shop/stamps/c ... ution=e1s1
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gr8dlr wrote: A "P" stamp or [permanent] stamp is worth $0.92 as of Jan/20. so 4 x 0.92 = $3.68 => good to go for you but you're over paying by $0.49 on each package.

You could use 3 x $0.92 stamps and add a $0.50 stamps = 3 x 0.92 + 0.50 = $3.26 and overpay by $0.07 instead. I think that's close enough.

Look for the "low value definitives" ie smaller denomination stamps.

https://www.canadapost.ca/shop/stamps/c ... ution=e1s1
Thank you. This is exactly the information I was looking for.
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Jan 22, 2021
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You can use 1 oversized (1.94) and 1 US rate (1.30) to get 3.24 total. You are only wasting 5 cents per package
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Feb 17, 2017
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Hamilton, ON
foz240 wrote: I have hundreds of video games I’m planning on selling via eBay.

They meet the requirements for Canada Post Lettermail in a bubble mailer for ‘non standard between 100-200g’ which costs $3.19. How many stamps do I put on the bubble mailer for $3.19? I’m a total mailing noob. Looking to do this cost effectively as well considering I will be doing this 100’s of times.

Thanks!!
Depending how many you're mailing, it may be worthwhile to get a Canada post business account, and use "indicia" (pronounced "in- DITCH-ya") or rent a postage machine that calculates the exact postage and prints it on. big time saver, looks professional, and never overpay for postage. Call and ask to speak to a business sales rep.

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