You may never need to wait in line at the post office again. A website called stamps.com allows you to buy and print postage directly from your computer. Hunter Ford said, "I've got a little surf and skate shop on 5 North Front and I've also got an online store. We sell a lot of skateboard bearings, wheels, surfboard apparel, surfboard accessories." So Hunter has to spend a lot of time at the post office. "I probably send out about 10 to 15 packages a week and I come down here to the post office for all of them." Like Hunter, many would like to find a way around the lines at the post office. Stamps.com may be a helpful alternative. The website allows you to get your mail ready to send off, right from your desktop. You can print official United States Postal Service stamps and shipping labels directly from your PC and printer. The service costs eighteen dollars a month, which includes software to create the postage and a scale to weigh your packages. That way, you know the exact amount of postage needed to send your mail. That postage amount is automatically deducted from your account. You can also personalize your stamps with a family photo or business logo. Once your letter or package is ready to go, give it to the mail carrier or drop it in a mailbox. You can add insurance to protect your valuables. Priority mail includes free delivery confirmation. Hunter said he is ready to skip the post office and give stamps.com a try. "There's one lady in post office that’s rude to me every single time I come in there, and just by default, I always end up in her line even if three windows are open. I'd be glad to do all my postage at the house and not have to walk down here to the post office." Right now, stamps.com has a four week free trial, but they require a credit card number. The company says you can cancel it at any time before the four weeks end and you will not be charged. If you like the service, do nothing and it will continue automatically.
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