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Subject: Bad New Good News Email from PB
Date Posted: 1/19/2012 11:33 PM ET
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Could anyone explain to me exactly what is happening with charges? smiley I got a bit lost. If I am send a typical paperback, using the PBS mailing optionial, how much will that cost? 

 

Date Posted: 1/19/2012 11:49 PM ET
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PBS does have a price chart under the Help Center.  I'm assuming that it will be updated this Sunday. 

Media rate is going up 6 cents.  From $2.41 to $2.47.   So that would be good for a PB between 6 oz and 13 oz. 

 

Date Posted: 1/20/2012 1:20 AM ET
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After the change a basic paperback book going media mail will cost:

2.47 media mail

.55 PBS postage service fee

3.02 total

Where before the change it would be:

2.41 media mail

.19 DC postage

0.43 PBS postage service fee

3.03 total

So, basically, PBS and USPS increased their base fees, but the cost of DC went away so it just about evens out.

Date Posted: 1/20/2012 3:03 PM ET
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What will the additional cents per pound be for media mail?

 

2.47 for the first pound... then ____ cents for each additional pound?

Date Posted: 1/20/2012 3:32 PM ET
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Lita, this post in one of the USPS Postal Regulation forum threads probably has what your'e looking for.

 

Date Posted: 1/20/2012 3:54 PM ET
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Okay, I just put 2 books in the blue box near my house (used printable postage from here) and they'll be picked up tomorrow morning at 9. I'm guessing the rate on them is the correct one?

Date Posted: 1/20/2012 4:44 PM ET
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Yep. Postal rates change on Sunday.

Date Posted: 1/20/2012 7:30 PM ET
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I just printed a wrapper for a book that I am mailing out on Monday.  It had $2.66 listed as the 1 lb rate....is that correct?  I hope so, since I'll be mailing it after the change lol

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 1/21/2012 10:48 AM ET
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If you purchased the postage from PBS, you need to get that book into the mailbox before Monday's first pickup. That's the last pickup that you can use postage that was printed prior to Sunday.

If you didn't purchase the postage from PBS, then you need to put whatever is the correct postage on the date you mail it, regardless of what the wrapper says.

Date Posted: 1/21/2012 12:41 PM ET
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What I am confused on is the dc.  Do I still pay the 19 cents when I get to the post office. I always take my books to the post office for weighing and mailing??  I always use pbs printed label with dc

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 1/21/2012 1:28 PM ET
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eDC for First Class is definitely free as of Sunday, so if your wrapper says First Class on it and you wait until Monday, the clerk is not supposed to charge you the extra 19 cents for the eDC barcode. You still have to pay PBS the 27 cents.

I am confused about Media Mail eDC though. There's some conflicting information out there. If you are buying postage at the counter, the clerk should know what to sell you.

Date Posted: 1/21/2012 4:16 PM ET
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Does anyone know if the 50 cent transaction fee going away tomorrow or Monday?

Date Posted: 1/21/2012 11:33 PM ET
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If you purchased the postage from PBS, you need to get that book into the mailbox before Monday's first pickup. That's the last pickup that you can use postage that was printed prior to Sunday.

 

It would have been very helpful of PBS to explain this either in the email or when I printed the label that said I was mailing on Monday and printed on Friday and had a popup that said hey that's not going to be correct on Monday lol.  But, the first pickup from the blue box I use on Monday is 2pm, I will be dropping it at 7am, so it sounds like it should be ok since they won't know if I put the book in there on Saturday or Monday morning. 

Date Posted: 1/22/2012 10:29 AM ET
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ok another dumb question,  I just printed some labels with dc only.  It says delivery conf.  00.00.  Do I have to pay for the dc at the post office now??  and I printed about 20 labels earlier this week for mailing tomorrow. If I reprint those labels will the 19 cents still show or will it say 00.00??

 

This is so confusing LOL

Date Posted: 1/22/2012 12:12 PM ET
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It is my understanding that electronic delivery confirmation is now free as the cost was absorbed into the postage fee.

Date Posted: 1/22/2012 12:12 PM ET
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Bertie--as of today, the post office has done away with their charge for eDC--which means you don't have to pay anything.

Date Posted: 1/22/2012 12:50 PM ET
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 thank you all for your help