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Subject: Cheapest?
Date Posted: 4/23/2009 4:04 PM ET
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Which way do you ship books? Do you use PBS shipping, which shipping, where you add stamps yourself or when it is scanned in you get credit, or after you pay and print. Or do you use paypal to ship? I'm trying to decide which is the best way to go.

Date Posted: 4/23/2009 4:08 PM ET
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THe best way is whatever works best for you.  The cheapest way is you have time to go to the post office and make a once a week trip.  I have time to go to the PO so paying for printed postage isn't worth it to me.  Sometimes with small books I just stick stamps on them and put them in the mail box.  But it's really what works best for you.

Date Posted: 4/23/2009 4:13 PM ET
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We're close to a post office and usually combine book shipments with other errands.  So it's cheaper for us at the post office counter usually about $2.23 per book.  Also the clerk knows when we can switch from media-mail to first-class for a small extra cost.

I may buy some $1 stamps and small amount stamps for a backup method.

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Date Posted: 4/23/2009 4:23 PM ET
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I use the PBS plus dc simply because the PO isn't close.  The closest is at the Meijer's store which is just under 10 miles from my house.  Sounds like I live out in the wilds doesn't it?  Not so, major shopping centers nearby, close to schools and hospitals.  A PO or a blue box almost non exsistant!  In fact within a 10 mile area there is one lonely blue box around!  The Post Office just doesn't like us...lol

They are building a new facility for distributing mail about three miles away though.  I think that'll get us another blue box.

As Mary and Marilyn say whatever works best for you.

Date Posted: 4/23/2009 4:24 PM ET
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Date Posted: 4/23/2009 4:24 PM ET
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Date Posted: 4/23/2009 4:25 PM ET
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sorry, computer is a little jumpy!  It's cheaper to go to the post office.  But for me, and my need to read...  I use PBS plus dc so I can have the instant credits when I have a bunch of w/l'ed books come up!  One day, I'm gonna be like all those people who sell their credits cuz they have so many!  Naaa....doubtful, there are too many books out there I want to read!

jacque

Date Posted: 4/23/2009 4:38 PM ET
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A trip to to the PO for me is 50 miles round trip. It works much better for me to print from home. I'd probably use PayPal shipping if I could because it is less expensive but for the last 2 months or so when I try to print labels a small portion of the right side of the label is truncated and I cannot figure out how to fix this. So, I have been using PBS postage. DC is worth it to me because I am a worrier and it gives me piece of mind.



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Date Posted: 4/23/2009 6:08 PM ET
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As others have said, it's what works for you. If you have a long drive to a post office, you have to offset the cost of gasoline vs. the printable postage fees.

I use the PBS printable postage because it's convenient, not because it's cheapest or because I feel I need a 'credit guarantee.' Before the printable postage was available, I sent my books the old fashioned way--with stamps or (for heavier books/multiple book orders, at the PO.) But my work hours mean that I can only get to the post office one day a week. I send a fair amount of hardcovers, heavy trade paperbacks and multi-book orders which I can't just pop stamps onto, and this is just much more convenient to drop all my books into the blue box in front of my work...I can send any day I work then, instead of having to wait for my day off.

I use PBS over something like PayPal postage because I want to support the PBS site--it's free to use and takes a fair bit of money to keep it up, I'm sure, so I look at the fees they charge as my way of supporting the site. But absolute cheapest is still just slapping stamps on a book and dropping it into a convenient mailbox or the PO, unless you have miles to drive to get to one.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 4/23/2009 6:32 PM ET
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Date Posted: 4/23/2009 6:52 PM ET
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I guess I'm lucky.  I have 4 post offices within a 15minute drive and all are near places I frequent: one next to my favorite thrift store (for books-whatelse?), one next door to my bank, one right near my daughter's school and one near my other bank and the grocery store.  (I also have 4 libraries within a 20min drive).

Date Posted: 4/23/2009 8:37 PM ET
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I use pbs postage and dc.  Post office is not that convenient for me.  Plus I like the quick credit.  

Date Posted: 4/23/2009 11:36 PM ET
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What you're paying for with PBS postage is basically convenience, which pretty much always costs you extra.  Paypal is just slightly cheaper, but of course you don't get the instant credit & credit assurance if something goes lost, or your receiver goes lost & never marks your book received:P  I like that, plus the convenience of not having to stand in line at the PO.  My carrier will also take things over 13oz, because he says that online postage is traceable through the USPS system, so they can take them in for you with no problems.  I don't do that when I have lots of them going out just because I can't stuff them all in the box and I'm usually picking my kids up from school when he comes by here, but my PO is close & open late, and as long as I can just leave them on the counter - which I can with PBS postage - I don't have to stand in line, so it's not a big deal to make a PO run when I use it.  With stamps or at the counter postage I could be in there all night:P

Date Posted: 4/24/2009 7:01 AM ET
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I live in a small town and the Post Office is two minutes away.  I can easily stop on the way home from work or first thing Sat. morning.  For me it makes sense to go there.....they weigh it and charge me whatever is less....Media Mail or First Class. 

As stated before......whatever works best for your situation!!!

Date Posted: 4/24/2009 10:56 AM ET
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For me, using PBS postage works best for me.  There is the extra cost, but I am terrible about getting to the post office on time, it seems like something always comes up, so for me, printing it and just dropping it in the mailbox works really well, and I'm able to get them out quicker. 

Subject: Cheapest?
Date Posted: 4/25/2009 10:51 PM ET
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I would also say what ever floats your boat......I use the PBS postage not becasue it is cheapest, but I use it to help support the site...AND I am lazy!  I can just chuck the book in the blue box by the PO on my way to work.  I prpbably have used it 99.9% of the time since PBS postage was introduced....before that I took books to the PO. and occaasionally used stamps and mailed from home.

Date Posted: 4/26/2009 11:34 AM ET
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Yikes, my small nearby Post Office is going to shut down.  I guess the USPS is cost cutting.

So I bought some $1 stamps, some .10 cent stamps, and some .02 cent stamps.

Date Posted: 4/26/2009 11:45 AM ET
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I use PBS postage most of the time so I can mail quickly by using the mailbox where I work at.   If I have a day off and won't be at work when I need to mail out, I go to the post office because it's close but on work days, their hours don't coincide with mine.  I do like the instant credit with PBS postage but to make my money last longer here, I will go to the post office when able to.

Date Posted: 4/26/2009 1:10 PM ET
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I use the printable postage when possible because I live in a small town where the post office is only open from 9am - 3pm and is closed over the lunch hour....not exactly convenient for someone who works full time. When I first started I saved up the pile and went on Saturday mornings but eventually the convenience factor won me over - my Saturday mornings are busy enough with errands without having to stand in line for 30+ minutes to mail the books.
Date Posted: 4/26/2009 1:46 PM ET
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I haul it to the PO and let them put postage on it because it's the cheapest.  The PO is on the way to most other places (and right next to one of the grocery stores I shop at), so it's not too bad to get to. Not interested in raising my postage costs with add-on extras.  Our mail route is also a walking route so I don't really want to leave books for our carrier to haul around.