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Subject: ?? about mailing from a different area while on vacation
Date Posted: 3/31/2009 12:32 PM ET
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So I'm going out of town this weekend. I'm just going 6hrs away to the inlaws. I have a game deadline for mailing a book on Monday.  I haven't finished teh book. I need to use DC. If I print the postage out and stick it in the mail box up there but use my return address will there be a problem?

Can I hand address it-buy DC at the post office and mail it still using my return address?  I'm the hostess of the game so I'm not worried about being here to post the DC.  I just want to get it in the mail on time and be able to read it on Sat/Sun while at the inlaws. It's more an issue of zip codes and return address.  I mean media mail is a flat rate right so it shouldn't matter which zip code I send it from. 

Date Posted: 3/31/2009 1:00 PM ET
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I've used PBS postage in that situation before and didn't have problem. I was out in the sticks and dropped it in the bluebox in front of the PO in a town of  300 people.  Book got where it needed to just fine. I dont' think I've ever actually mailed one from my own zip code.

Date Posted: 3/31/2009 6:38 PM ET
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We can ship with the PBS address as the return address and we don't all live in GA, so I don't see why it should be a problem.

Date Posted: 4/2/2009 9:14 PM ET
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I've heard rumors it can be a problem.  But don't we all send postcards while on vacation, and use our home return address?  That's really the only way to get the mail returned to you if there's a problem...and isn't that the point of a return address?

Date Posted: 4/3/2009 12:25 PM ET
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I live in Hutchinson, MN (about 1.25 hours west of Minneapolis) and I work in Minneapolis a 4 days per week. I mail stuff with my home address and drop them in the mail when I get to Minneapolis and have never had any problems. I sold hundreds of books online and shipped with this method and never had a problem.

Date Posted: 4/4/2009 2:03 AM ET
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I don't think it matters much for PBS purposes, because for mailing books I assume everyone is using Media Mail or First Class Mail. If you look at the usps website (http://www.usps.com/prices/welcome.htm?from=home_shipstartfinish&page=compareservices) these two classes of service depend only on weight. However, Priority mail and parcel post depend on weight and distance, so the country is broken up into zones. If you are mailing from close to where you pay for postage when using these two types of service, you are likely to be still in the same zone as your return address. If you are touring the country in an RV, let's say, you might have to pay attention to what zone you are in. Hope I made some sense.
Date Posted: 4/4/2009 7:02 PM ET
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Makes alot of sense Sophia.

Date Posted: 4/4/2009 8:21 PM ET
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One other consideration....

When printable postage first came out, there was a rule about the zip code you were mailing from should be on it. You can put your own zip code for the return address and put a different one in the box from the shipped from zip code. I am not sure if this is possible with PBS labels because I have not tried that feature yet. This rule was changed to it would be noce if the zip code matched. Some clerks still go with the old rule. The main thought behind it is the post office that matches the mailing zip code gets credit for handling the package. Metered mail is supposed to be mailed from the right zip code too. At my post office, we encourage the right zip for the return address for our regular customers. We are a small town and get lots of mail from nearby zips.

Enjoy the book and mail it Monday. It should not matter if you use printed postage.

Date Posted: 4/8/2009 4:01 PM ET
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I mail things with my home return address all the time from my office.  I've been doing it for 15 years without a problem.  All a return address is is where the mail should be returned to if there's a problem.

Date Posted: 4/11/2009 7:41 PM ET
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Well I mailed them both.  1 arrived very quickly and DC shows it going from my local PO to the one I mailed it from in PA and then to it's final destination.  I just mailed the 2nd one yesterday and haven't checked it's progress yet.



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