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Subject: Book received Postage Due
Date Posted: 7/5/2012 6:02 PM ET
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I'm sure this has been discussed before but I need to ask again.  I had a book sent to DGS who lives in another state.  It arrived, apparently in good condition, but with $.15 postage due.  I marked it received, and did send a PM to the sender about it.  Fifteen cents isn't that much and it doesn't bother me to pay it, but for future reference should it have been marked RWAP or did I do i right?  Thanks. Pat

Date Posted: 7/5/2012 6:52 PM ET
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You should have marked the book RWAP - Insuficient Postage. That way the sender has the RWAP in their record and the would be more careful with the postage in the future.

This is of course assuming that the person you sent the book to didn't move and the package wasn't forwarded.

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Date Posted: 7/5/2012 7:51 PM ET
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Nope - no one moved and the package wasn't forwarded.  Did tell DD (who paid the Postage Due) that in the future she could refuse the book, but her son was looking forward to it.  It really wasn't a big deal, but wasn't sure I'd done it right.  Will know for future reference.  I did send a PM to the sender to let her know about the PD and that in the future others might not pay it.  Thanks. Pat

Date Posted: 7/5/2012 7:52 PM ET
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Or the postage might have fallen off. Was it in stamps?

Fifteen cents is an odd amount to be off by, if she purchased PBS postage. Its not enough to be a pound difference in the Media Mail rates.

More likely it was in stamps, and either she didn't calculate it correctly, or a stamp fell off.

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Date Posted: 7/5/2012 8:53 PM ET
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It used to be that we could not mark books sent to another address as RWAP. Has that been changed?

I do think postage due is something that PBS should be told about.

Date Posted: 7/5/2012 10:33 PM ET
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I suppose a stamp could have fallen off.  DD said it was stamps but didn't know how much, just that 15 cents was PD.  I did ask her.  Pat

Date Posted: 7/5/2012 10:34 PM ET
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Unfortunately, telling them sometimes doesn't mean anything.  I did a RWAP, postage due on a package (member actually cut out uncancelled stamps from one of their shipments and taped to my order).  The RWAP doesn't allow for any markings regarding whether the issue is resolved (of course this person never replied and neither did the PBS team when I sent in feedback). 

Date Posted: 7/5/2012 11:49 PM ET
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I received a book postage-due!


Subject: postage due
Date Posted: 7/7/2012 10:57 PM ET
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I had a book I sent out returned to me by my own post office as Postage Due.   I had used PBS postage, so I took the book as it was back to my PO, had them weigh it again and they said it was fine as originally posted.   No explanation.  Go figure.  

Date Posted: 7/18/2012 5:40 PM ET
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I don't think I would rwap for postage due if it was a small amount.  It was probably not intentional.  Sometimes the PBS weights are off. Sometimes stamps fall off.