I went to the post office today to mail one of those musical greeting cards. I assumed it would require more than normal postage, so I put two stamps on it. When I reached the mail drop slot I saw a sign that said all items over 13 ozs must be taken to the service counter OK fine, I'll have them weigh this puppy. I went to the counter and said "Could you weigh this and tell me if it is over 13 ozs?" (note the only scale was at the counter, so I couldn't weigh it myself). Now for the punchline, what the clerk said was that because it was not bendable it had to go as a parcel, not a letter. $1.30 to go 220 miles. I asked for further clarification: If I put a photo in a letter and marked it do not bend, was it now a parcel? Yes. If I sent a floppy disk or cd or camera memory card, was it now a parcel? Yes. If I put a quarter in a envelope and mailed it, was it now a parcel? Yes. I am providing this information in order to spare other people the embarrassment of having mail returned for insufficient postage. Maybe it is time to allow UPS, FEDEX to compete for mail delivery.