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You know that you can visit USPS online at www.usps.com and print your own Priority Mail label. It is all good, except the fact that you can only print Priority Mail and Express Mail labels online. The only other way to directly print First Class labels are to use subscription based services such as www.stamps.com and www.endicia.com, in which you must pay monthly fees.

If you have a PayPal account, here’s how you could easily print your own First Class Mail stamp and Media Mail stamp at home. You could access it here.

Note that PayPal does not actually advertise this service, as this service is primarily for the convenience of eBay sellers to print the pre-paid shipping label. But you could access PayPal Shipping to print labels, by going to this link.

For your Information
In terms of price and the delivery time, here are the order (from the cheapest to the most expensive):

1) USPS First Class Mail

2) USPS Priority Mail

3) USPS Express Mail

There is also Media Mail ( www.usps.com/prices/media-mail-prices.htm) which is cheaper than First Class Mail, but it is limited to sending books and media.

Hope this information helps.

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Square [ box ] Watermelon

Posted by editor On May - 27 - 2008

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This is a rather interesting find: square watermelon. I wish to be able to see it on a first-hand basis though, but they are not available in the US, and although they are available, it’s at approximately $83.00 each … so it’s rather expensive to consume one. So here’s part the story:

Farmers in the southern Japanese town of Zentsuji have figured out how to grow their watermelons so they turn out square.

It’s not a fad. The technique actually has practical applications. “The reason they’re doing this in Japan is because of lack of space,” said Samantha Winters of the National Watermelon Promotion Board in Orlando, Florida.

A fat, round watermelon can take up a lot of room in a refrigerator, and the usually round fruit often sits awkwardly on refrigerator shelves.

But clever Japanese farmers have solved this dilemma by forcing their watermelons to grow into a square shape. Farmers insert the melons into square, tempered glass cases while the fruit is still growing on the vine.

The square boxes are the exact dimensions of Japanese refrigerators, allowing full-grown watermelons to fit conveniently and precisely onto refrigerator shelves.

But cubic fruit comes with a caveat: Each square watermelon costs 10,000 yen, the equivalent of about $82. Regular watermelons in Japan cost from $15 to $25 each.

At $82 apiece, Winters said she didn’t know if there would be a market for square-grown watermelons in the United States.

read the rest of the story here

more from BBC Asia-Pacific:

For years consumers struggled to fit the large round fruit in their refrigerators.
And then there was the problem of trying to cut the fruit when it kept rolling around.

The farmer, from Zentsuji in Kagawa prefecture, came up with the idea of making a cube-shaped watermelon which could easily be packed and stored.

To make it happen, farmers grew the melons in glass boxes and the fruit then naturally assumed the same shape. Today the cuboid watermelons are hand-picked and shipped all over Japan.

But the fruit, on sale in a selection of department stores and upmarket supermarkets, appeals mainly to the wealthy and fashion-conscious of Tokyo and Osaka, Japan’s two major cities.

Each melon sells for 10,000 yen, equivalent to about $83. It is almost double, or even triple, that of a normal watermelon.

link: CNN, link2, link: BBC.

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Old Navy clearance coupon code

Posted by editor On May - 18 - 2008


I found this good deal for old navy from here

Just ordered a ton so I thought I would pass along the deal.

15% off clearance coupon code EXTRA15OFF
Shipping is $5 or free on $50 or larger orders with coupon SHIPSUMMER

Old Navy

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Amazon Prime Refund Charge AMZ PRIME CLUBAmazon was aggressively promoting their Amazon Prime – 2 day-shipping for FREE, and I fell for it last month. I probably clicked on the link without really thinking, like a sheep.

Now when I see my credit card statement, I see a charge “& AMZ* Prime Club – NV” For $79.00 . Well, Amazon didn’t send any email confirmation for the charge or anything.

Well I was quick to do some Google search and found that apparently there are SO MANY PEOPLE that were having the same issues.

How to get the refund of Amazon Prime

1) Call Amazon Customer Service at 1-866-557-2820 —

2) and press “7” and you will get directly to a customer service representative.

3) Say it politely and courteously: “I would like to get a refund of the Amazon Prime charge – could you please help me for it”. That should do the trick.

This is probably much easier than calling your credit card company to file a chargeback complaint or dispute.

And, anyway for the Moms out there:
Amazon is now offering 20% of BRITAX Car seat products until the end of the month. Check it out.

Source: Link1, Link2, Link3.

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