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Subject: Custom Delivery Confirmation Labels
Date Posted: 9/9/2008 9:01 PM ET
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I was wondering if anyone uses Custom Delivery Confirmation Labels, printed through PBS site, that aren't associated with PBS?

Date Posted: 9/9/2008 9:41 PM ET
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I use them with any package I ship now. (not that I do a lot of package shipping!) I like getting the nice neat label and being able to track it. All of my PBS shipping is done through the regular book order/shipping process so I wouldn't use it at all of I didn't use it for non-PBS stuff.

Date Posted: 9/9/2008 10:05 PM ET
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Thanks for the info :)

Date Posted: 9/10/2008 9:51 AM ET
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I have also used it. I would have liked to be able to put in package specifics (weight, media mail/parcel post, etc) and actually pay-and-print the postage like I do with my books.

Date Posted: 9/10/2008 5:33 PM ET
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Here what I learned today about Custom Delivery Confirmation Labels.  It is not pay and print  the postage but it is cheaper to go this route for Delivery Confirmation than what the PO clerk quoted for DC yesterday .  I was shipping 18 books that I swapped through another site and she told me it would be $.75 when visiting the PO yesterday. I still find that hard to believe but I did have them in a box. 

Date Posted: 9/10/2008 6:17 PM ET
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electronic delivery confirmation is only $.18, "regular" at-the-post-office kind is $.75.

Date Posted: 9/10/2008 8:14 PM ET
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Thanks dappledart !! That clears that up.  Tell me, is there any online postage that I don't have to pay a monthly fee that has Media Mail? 

Date Posted: 9/11/2008 11:48 PM ET
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Jill,

Try PayPal.

Date Posted: 9/14/2008 8:39 PM ET
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But can I buy postage via PayPal without selling and collecting money through PayPal?  If so does anyone have a link?

Date Posted: 9/15/2008 5:41 AM ET
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Here's the link, Jill. (No selling required)

PayPal link for mailing

 

Date Posted: 9/15/2008 8:11 AM ET
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You can print shipping labels at the post office site. I don't remember about paying for postage...

https://sss-web.usps.com/cns/landing.do

Date Posted: 9/15/2008 9:23 AM ET
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The post office site will not let you print media mail. It only does priority and express. You can download a free program that will print labels without postage. It will do the customs forms, discounted delivery confirmation and a bunch of other stuff.

Date Posted: 9/15/2008 3:23 PM ET
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I use PayPal for all my postage (PBS, stuff to family, eBay, etc).  It's easier for me to keep track of things because it lets you add all kinds of info.  I've used PBS DC in the past when mailing a package, but it didn't keep track of all the info I needed.  And since the change to the 13oz rule for mailing, it's just so much easier to not bother with stamps or make trips to the post office.

You can use a PayPal account for postage and have it charged to your credit card or taken directly from your checking account.  No money left in limbo.

 

Date Posted: 11/17/2008 5:27 AM ET
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Can someone please explain HOW to use paypal to get postage???

I have seen several people mentioning they use it, but I do NOT have this option in my paypal account!

I would really really like to check it out. Does it cost money?

I would rather not pay the PBS fee to do this as I find it unreasonable. Especially since I don't care about DC! I just want to be able to print postage and wrap my book and send it!  My paper, my ink, my money paid for the shipping, so why am I being charged a fee? I tried looking everywear online to be able to print postage, but you either have to pay a monthly fee or media mail is not offered, neither of which makes any sort of sense to me.

 

Anyway,  sorry, Connie, that link takes you to a page that says to go back (error page basically). I would love some help on this though.

 

Thank you.

Date Posted: 11/17/2008 6:01 AM ET
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Sita: https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_ship-now

It's not obvious, but if you save the link you can use it.

Yes, it costs money.  It's the price of mailing plus 18 cents for DC, but there are no extra fees like there are at PBS.



Last Edited on: 11/17/08 6:02 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Subject: Bookmark the Paypal Link
Date Posted: 11/17/2008 7:42 PM ET
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The link Britney gave is good. Here it is again: Paypal Mailing Link

The only cost is that you MUST use (and pay for) e-DC, so they get you for $0.18. They don't care if you actually use it or not, and I have in the past pasted a PBS DC over it successfully. (Not the most cost-effective technique now, but this was before you could print postage at PBS)

I have been using this link for years, as have other members. BOOKMARK IT - you'll never get to it again otherwise.

Edited to Add: No, Paypal DC won't get you Quick Credit - for that you must pay the PBS fee.



Last Edited on: 11/17/08 7:45 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/17/2008 11:22 PM ET
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Thanks guys.

So to clarify, I am actually saving 43 cents by using paypal verses PBS!

 

If I ship __ books in a year, I will save __.

50 books - $21.50 saved or $1.79 a month

20 books - $8.60 saved or $0.71 a month

 

I have been here for about two months, I have only just wrapped my first book to be sent tomorrow. Now, I haven't put anywhere near all of my books on my shelf yet, but I don't imagine I will ever send 50 books in a year!

However, I have no idea what to expect! How many books do people on average send? It seems the savings would be worth it IF you sent enough books. Otherwise the convenience of not typing out the address and going to another website might be worth the very small savings.

 

I like to look at the monthly numbers. Cause personally, I know that I will blow that yearly estimate on SOMETHING anyway. In which case, I am not really saving anything. I am not really a penny pincher, but I do like to make sure I am getting the best cost balanced with satisfiying convenience.

Date Posted: 11/19/2008 4:10 PM ET
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Thanks for the link!

Date Posted: 11/20/2008 1:30 AM ET
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Sita, it will really depend on the number of books you post and the kind of books you post.  There folks who have shipped thousands of books in their time here.  Then those like me who have shipped around 300.  That averages to about 8-9 books a month.  Some of those would have been bulk orders.

Just as info sharing, of the 61 cents that is charged for using the printable postage here:

16 cents is the charge from the company that provides the service.

27 cents goes directly to PBS

18 is the USPS fee for e-DC.

I use DC on nearly all the books I send through here.  It usually gets me my credits a bit sooner and I figure that 27 cents is worth having this site.  It helps to keep it free from membership charges.  I don't usually use printable postage because I am cheap enough to not want to pay that 16 to Endica (the company that provides the service for PBS.)

Just something to think about.