This is a good alternative FOR PACKAGE mailing -- for us doing low volumes or who just want to avoid another monthly service fee or the need to invest in pricey labels and printers. This seems to me to be a GREEN alternative to some other methods.
There are alternative subscription mailing services that charge recurring monthly fees -- like stamps.com ($16/mnt if you really want to use a PC emulator!) or endicia.com ($16/mnt)
Subscription services may prefer & in some cases require that you use special "label" stock, and pre-purchase postage that you may lose after printing or damage in the printer -- sometimes non-refundable.
The label stock itself is for subscription services is not free and must come from the provider. You can't always just use your normal home printer -- so carefully add all the costs when you make considerations of one method to another.
Ourselves the convenience of doing USPS click & ship with their automatic discounts does satisfy most of our PACKAGE shipping needs -- however sendIT is a valuable bridge I would not want to burn especially concerning small packages which would not be as cost effective if we just upgrade small shipments up to the smallest flat rate option, which costs currently $5.15 (retail) a pop. Not every package you ship should cost a minimum of $5.15 but that's the only on-line click and ship option open to many of us. SendIT opens that up to us and gives us more options.
Currently USPS does not give us the ability to print all types of postage (like first class for small packages).
For our smaller packages using sendIT provides to us a significant cost savings, and it is a great time saver as we can prep those packages and pre-stamp them before we leave to take all our collective shipments to the PO. Many times in the past we would put small packages into the small flat rate just to avoid standing in the PO lines (with USPS click a& ship you drop off and don't need to stand in line typically).
Our postal clerk has gotten so used to the accuracy of our packages since we have been using SendIT that we can hand them over and she just takes them -- besides the handing to the clerk it is almost as fast as the click and ship portion!
Versus just going directly to the PO, you not only save the time of waiting in line but also on fees such as on delivery and signature confirmation -- these can really add up if you use them and most of us shipping packages do these days.
You have to put actual stamps on your packages or wait in line to buy postage -- no postage will print out from SendIT. We handle that by pre-buying some bigger unit stamps (like the $1 kind) and some smaller units and pre-afflix at home, if we were to not have postage -- the PO clerk can just scan the label and know exactly what to collect from us!
In our case, we save a couple of bucks using SendIT versus just sticking it into a flat rate envelop each time we have used it -- so the software paid for itself fairly fast.
SendIT can be a valuable alternative to get your packages out the door and delivered when snags occur with USPS. USPS simply has gone down a couple of times on us during the last year -- a program like SendIT is helpful to bypass USPS when it can't do the job.
SendIT confirms addresses and has has at times had better address handling results than the on-line USPS system; we have had the personal experience of having their system refuse to make a label to an addresses the customer had for 15 years -- but that was not the case with SendIT, the address went right thru and our happy customer got their coffee when we switched their package into SendIt software!
Works with some USB scales -- we have always used it in manual mode with no problems -- but nice to know that option is open to us.
The software keeps a copy of tracking and of your actual label, so you can re-print or have a "receipt" -- can interface with your Apple address book, and there are some other features thrown in that I never used and don't remember but it is a well thought out "one trick but an outstanding trick pony"
I found a few minor things very early on, emailed back and forth with the developer who did respond and eventually took care of matters in one release fairly quickly and another which was nothing serious and resolved that in a later update. I have been using it since October 2011, so now have had experience with it some 4 months. I would buy it again, and wish I had incorporated it into our system a few years ago instead of months ago.
It's stable, has a developer who does communicate and keeps it up to date, you can obtain savings using this software you can't by going to the post office, it's a good back up to relying solely on USPS on-line if that's all you happen to use at this time -- a niche filler for those of us who ship PACKAGES.
The MacUpdate rating system for some reason froze my stars -- guess they froze when I went in to write -- I'd give it all 5 stars if I was allowed to :)-