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Rick B. (bup) - ,
Subject: Creating a Label for a non-credit book?
Date Posted: 6/18/2009 7:54 AM ET
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If I want to mail a book to a member, but am not charging a credit for it, is there a way to create a label on PBS?

Date Posted: 6/18/2009 8:22 AM ET
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I don't think so - the wrappers are generated by the request. I searched the help docs and nothing mentioned alternate wrappers.

If you choose to hand-write the address on your package:

  • Please include the Request ID# as part of your return address
    • this is not crucial, but it helps us locate the request if you need to communicate with us about it.
  • Be sure to mark your package conspicuously MEDIA mail if that is the rate you are using to mail it.
    • If your package weighs less than 6 ounces, it will be less expensive to send First-Class.

 

Date Posted: 6/18/2009 8:22 AM ET
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Last Edited on: 6/18/09 8:40 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/18/2009 9:16 AM ET
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Yes there is. You can use Custom DC if you want to pay for DC.

What I do for Game books is I post the book to my shelf (if it's not a WL book) and then I use the Mail To a Friend Option.  Put in the address (you have to get this from the member yourself) and it creates a non-credit transation for the book.  You have to mark it received when they get it as the book shows up in your Books I've Mailed and Books Enroute to me tabs. 

If it's a WL book then I post a dummy book (usually Stephen King or Danielle Steele since I read neither of them) to my shelf and then use the Mail to a Friend option.  Just adjust the weight to the book you have if you are using the PBS postage.

 

Date Posted: 6/18/2009 9:21 AM ET
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Here's what the Help Docs say:

If you would like to send a book which is currently Posted as available ON YOUR BOOKSHELF to a friend (PBS member or non-PBS member):

  • Go to your Bookshelf
  • Find the book you want to send in the list
  • Click the book title to see the Book Details page.
  • Click mail to a Friend on the upper right
  • Fill in the name and address where you want the book sent
    • Print out the wrapper and send the book as usual
    • The transaction will appear on your account page on the "Books Sent to a Friend" tab
  • When your friend receives the book, mark it received from this tab.
  • This is a non-credit transaction. No credit will be deducted, or granted, for sending your book out this way.

 

Again, like the person above stated, if it IS a wishlisted book, you could create a "dummy" listing -- something with jillions of copies in the system -- and then use the option of sending it to a friend. Just type their address in and the label will be generated. Again, make sure you adjust the weight..

Another option is to just have them order it from you and then you can buddy the credit back to them when they get it and the credit posts to your account.



Last Edited on: 6/18/09 9:22 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/18/2009 10:51 AM ET
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Geez- looked in the wrong place in help docs - for sure- sorry for the misinformation

Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 6/18/2009 11:13 AM ET
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Thanks everyone. It's not on my bookshelf because it's not postable.

I guess I could post a dummy book with a zillion copies, but I've already hand-written the label.

Thanks~

Date Posted: 6/18/2009 11:30 AM ET
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Rick, what I've done in the past is to buddy a credit to a person with which to order the book. Then I just send it via the PBS system. (I use the PBS postage, so I get my credit back right away.) If you use the "send to a friend" you have to mark the book received to yourself.

I've found that if both parties agree in advance, it's not been a problem to just use the PBS system if you have a spare credit or two.

The dummy-book system works well too, but then you have no record of the book you sent (though you can use the "notes" feature to log what books you mailed using the dummy-book option. Keep an ongoing tally that way. I've sent "Angels and Demons" MMPB to quite a few people, LOL!)

Date Posted: 6/18/2009 12:53 PM ET
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That's my Dummy" book, too, Jane!  There are a LOT of Dan Brown in the PBS system!!  LOL!!

Ruth

Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 6/18/2009 2:51 PM ET
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Thanks for more suggestions. I happen to be out of credits right now, but I'll remember these.