me: I'd like to send these two packages media mail
post office lady: is there anything hazardous, liquid, perishable, or fragile in here?
me: No, just disks- media mail
post office lady: do you want to send this express mail over night?
her: do you want to send this with insurance for up to $100?
her: do you want to have delivery confirmation....
me (interrupting) Nope. Just sending these disks to my mom.
her: do you want it to get there priority mail first class?
me: nope-media m-
her (interrupting) do you want to send it priority mail?
me: media mail is fine
Post office lady picks up first package, places second on the scale. Repeats above conversation. End transaction with a list of items I may want in addition (do you want any stamps, money orders, packaging, etc)....
I am sending my mom my dvd collection because we just don't watch them and I know she'll enjoy most if not all of them and likely share with my brothers. I am sending some in small boxes and some two at a time in mailer envelopes (so she gets a surprise in the mail more often). So, I am in the post office frequently, and know all their questions, and despite saying up front what I want, they STILL go through every single question. Seriously, does it look like I want to pay $12 to send these disks overnight, especially since I can pay less than $3 for media mail. Sure it gets there more slowly, but there's no rush.
Some people I guess just have to follow their script.