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Subject: Book weight on the Print Wrapper page?
Date Posted: 2/8/2012 12:27 PM ET
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I got a request for a book and went to print the wrapper this morning.  I wanted to use printable postage and have enough money in my PBS account to cover it.  The estimated weight for the book is 8 ounces.  This was determined by PBS, I did not enter that amount.  So I go to print it, but get a notice in red saying, "This book weighs over 13 ounces and must be mailed from the post office".  What gives?  It clearly stated the book weighed 8 ounces.  I even tried deleting and re-entering the weight, but it will still not let me print the wrapper.  I am not going to waste a trip to the post office when I can just have my letter carrier pick up the envelope at my house if the postage is on it.  Anyone else have this problem?

Date Posted: 2/8/2012 12:46 PM ET
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Never mind, I tried it again and it worked fine.

Date Posted: 2/8/2012 1:46 PM ET
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Gotta love those cyber-glitches *not*

Glad it worked!

Date Posted: 2/8/2012 8:51 PM ET
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If possible, invest in a scale.....never trust the printed postage weight.

Date Posted: 2/8/2012 9:28 PM ET
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PBS gets the weights from several different databases. Some are much more accurate than others.
Date Posted: 2/10/2012 10:23 AM ET
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I agree wholeheartedly with Toni B., if you are using printable postage, invest in a scale! The weights are often wrong...I often check the wts. on books when I receive them and so often people are paying so much more than necessary. I have gotten books with $5 of printed postage and they only weighed 8 oz. and last week I got a book that weighed 4 lbs and the sender only put enough postage on it for 1 lb. -- fortunately, it slipped through without the PO catching that the postage was not sufficient -- I would have been pretty teed off if that book had arrived with several dollars of postage due!

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Date Posted: 2/10/2012 11:12 AM ET
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I was getting ready to print the postage on a book awhile back and PBS stated it was 16 ounces. That didn't seem right and I weighed it with my postal scale and it was only 6 ounces.

Date Posted: 2/10/2012 11:37 AM ET
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Hmm...I only use printed postage and have always just used what PBS offered as the weight, as I don't have a scale.  Now I wonder how much more money I've spent than necessary.  I also don't like the idea of one of my books arriving at someone's doorstep with postage due!!  Any idea what a postal scale goes for?  I'll have to check into it....

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Date Posted: 2/10/2012 12:48 PM ET
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If you have a food scale that'll work to do a quick check.  A postal scale is better though.  Check out Amazon for a scale.  They have a nice one going for about $10.  I think I paid $25 for mine in an office supply place.  I've had it for about 10 years now.  I bought it when I was doing quite a few reports.

Date Posted: 2/10/2012 3:17 PM ET
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I agree, the weights are often wrong. When trying to print labels this week, I ran into 2 that said "you've entered less than an ounce" - well, I didn't, but that's what in the database. And I received a 5 oz book within the past few weeks with $3.53 on it. I see incorrect weights frequently - often on the high side - the scale will pay for itself in not too long of a time.

Date Posted: 2/10/2012 4:12 PM ET
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And if you find that a book you are sending/have received has the wrong weight on PBS which you have verified with your scale, you can click on 'More Options' and then 'Edit Book Data' to enter the correct weight!

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Date Posted: 2/10/2012 5:25 PM ET
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Well, I'm sold.  I'll be picking up a scale very soon!

Date Posted: 2/10/2012 6:02 PM ET
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LOL I had a paperback that said is weighed 12 lbs now that is a big paperback  !!