If the U.S. Postal Service is losing money, it’s not my fault. I’m doing my best to help support all those postal workers by sending things the way God intended. Via truck and a my neighborhood postal worker.
Helping my cause is a nifty Mac utility which plugs into a scale and gives me mailing options to help reduce the cost of using the good old US of A’s USPS. sendIT is the tool. It ain’t pretty. But it works.
Snail Mail vs. Email
Whether to use the US Postal Service or go for email is a question easily answered. Email is good for scanned documents, text, photos, even some audio and video files.
Generally, email delivery takes place within minutes, and though I don’t have any hard statistics, it’s about as reliable as the government’s offering.
Email sends bits, not atoms. If you have to send atoms, the Post Office is the way to go. Most of us just slap on a few stamps to an envelope or guesstimate how much to put on an envelope or package.
That’s not too efficient. Is there a better way to figure out how much that postage should really be? Ideally, you want the package or envelope to get to the destination quickly, but not cost so much that you’re helping your postal worker fund a summer vacation house.
Save Money On Regular Mail
I’ve been scolded by my neighbor for using the term snail mail. He’s a postal worker. So, hence forth, no more snail mail.
Among a number of Mac utilities which make physical mailing easier to tolerate is sendIT. It’s a simple software app that takes names and addresses and destinations to calculate how much postage you really need.
Plug in a number of USB scales, and you don’t even have to weight the envelope or package, your Mac and scale will do it for you and fill in the postage amounts.
What’s not to like?
sendIT is a simple window with large, almost gaudy icons in the toolbar. There’s the Ship From addresses area, and the Ship To area. Either can pull address information from your Mac’s Address Book. If a scale is plugged into your Mac, you also get the weight in pounds and ounces.
All that’s required then is to select the Shipping Options, Ship Date, and Package Size. sendIT will even notify the sendee about the package. Just enter an email address and a reference number.
From within sendIT you can request carrier pickup from the Post ServiceJust as cool, sendIT also tracks delivery.
SendIT will verify US postal addresses, and print labels. There’s no additional monthly cost or subscription fee, but sendIT does not print your postage. It just weights your package or envelope, and calculates the shipping cost, verifies the addresses, and prints a label.
The latest version of sendIT also does custom forms, multiple return addresses, customized logos, and most international shipping destinations. It also keeps a history of all your packages (destinations, dates, cost, etc.).
sendIT is competent, if not utilitarian. The only feature it really needs is the ability to print the postage it recommends.