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Subject: I'm confused about buying postage online here
Date Posted: 1/21/2008 4:10 PM ET
Member Since: 2/9/2007
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I'm shipping a book that is cheaper to ship first class. PBS claims the first class rate is 2.15. It's only 1.98. they want me to pay the 2.15 plus the .43 fee. Am I looking at this wrong?

Date Posted: 1/21/2008 4:13 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2007
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i think they estimate it and i dont think there is anyway to override it. i could be wrong though, since im pretty new. i have gone back adn forth w/ the shipping from pbs vs. PO but i have found that sometimes PBS overestimates and sometimes they underestimate (i found this out by taking approx. 30 books to the PO and getting them to calculate for me..its not scientific or anything)

Date Posted: 1/21/2008 4:19 PM ET
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This just burns my bum. I bought PBS money because I wanted to avoid using stamps or going into the PO. But Now its going to cost me more to ship the book. Why even bother to have this system if its going to charge you more then the PO would.

Date Posted: 1/21/2008 4:21 PM ET
Member Since: 8/9/2005
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2.15 is for a 7 oz package. 1.98 is for one weighing less than that. I think its the rate for a 6 oz package.

ETA if your using PBS postage you should really get a scale so you dont have to rely on the estimates which are just estimates and not always accurate. I got an accurate kitchen scale for $5 that I use.

ETA again: you can change the weight when your printing the wrapper. The estimate is not set in stone.



Last Edited on: 1/21/08 4:32 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 1/21/2008 4:22 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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Double check the weight for the book. They might have the wrong weight listed.  I have a small kitchen scale I use.  I find most of the time the PBS weight is accurate but not always. So double check the weight then adjust it in selection screen where it gives you postage and label type options. You can adjust the weight that PBS has listed.  So if you're adding an extra book or the weight is wrong it can be changed. 



Last Edited on: 1/21/08 4:23 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/21/2008 4:24 PM ET
Member Since: 8/9/2005
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AHA I found the postal rates in the HC underlines are my own:

Not over 1 ounce..............................$1.13

Not over 2 ounces..............................1.30

Not over 3 ounces..............................1.47

Not over 4 ounces..............................1.64

Not over 5 ounces..............................1.81

Not over 6 ounces..............................1.98

Not over 7 ounces..............................2.15

Not over 8 ounces..............................2.32

Not over 9 ounces..............................2.49

Not over 10 ounces............................2.66

Not over 11 ounces............................2.83

Not over 12 ounces............................3.00

Not over 13 ounces............................3.17



Last Edited on: 1/21/08 4:25 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 1/24/2008 9:12 AM ET
Member Since: 8/14/2007
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First class now has a size scale as well - my very light books almost never are less than 2.15 first class.  The exception are books that fit into the mail slot.

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 9:25 AM ET
Member Since: 4/27/2007
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I don't have a scale to check weights with yet, and I have used PBS postage quite a bit and never had a problem so far. 

Even if you decide not to use your PBS money for postage, you can still get the DC cheaper and have your credit ensured, as well as take advantage of Quick Credit.

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 9:36 AM ET
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There are extra fees for using printable postage that are not charged by PBS.  Is that what you are looking at perhaps?  That's why I don't use it.  I would love to use it, but it would cost me too much in the long run.