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Subject: Is the DC discount at the P.O. going away?
Date Posted: 5/7/2008 1:43 PM ET
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I just got back from mailing several book packages at the P.O., and the clerk told me that the DC discount was going to be discontinued.  She said we will have to pay the full 75 cent DC fee then, unless we use printable postage.  Does anyone know anything about this?  She couldn't tell me when this would be happening, though she said it would not occur with the upcoming postage increase.  I don't know that I will want to continue using DC if I have to pay that much more for it- though I guess that is an incentive to use PBS printable postage.  Just wondered if anyone here had heard of this and if there is any additional information about it.

Thanks- Lesley

Date Posted: 5/7/2008 3:13 PM ET
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the only way to get the DC for $0.18 was via printable postage here or paypal or something similar.  I've never been able to pay just $0.18 if I just went to buy it at the PO. always $0.75 (well since the last rate hike)

Date Posted: 5/7/2008 3:32 PM ET
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Sorry if I was not clear- I meant the DC that you buy here at PBS, apart from printable postage.  I know we pay a fee at PBS for that, and then it's only 18 cents at the P.O. currently, but she said that they are supposed to discontinue that discount, and will charge the full 75 cents, even if you print the DC yourself.  So I am assuming that we would then have to pay not only the PBS DC fee, but also the full 75 cent fee at the P.O.  That's what I am trying to confirm- hope that makes more sense. 

Date Posted: 5/7/2008 4:01 PM ET
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We currently pay 27 cents for DC regardless of whether we use printable postage, then another 18 cents at the PO, so it costs 45 cents total. I hope it doesn't go up!

Date Posted: 5/7/2008 4:07 PM ET
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Yes.   So what I heard at the P.O. today was that the discount at the P.O. will be discontinued.  We will still have to pay the 27 cents here at PBS, then another 75 cents at the P.O. instead of the 18 cents we currently pay.  That would then be more than a dollar for DC, and I'm sure a lot of us won't want to do that.  The P.O. clerk said that the only way around the P.O. fee is to use printable postage from somewhere else.  I don't use the printable postage here- only the PBS DC, so that's why I'm concerned about this.

Date Posted: 5/7/2008 7:37 PM ET
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Ask next time you go and find out where the information came from. I read nearly everything that comes through and have not seen this. They did change the click-n-ship program but you end up with more options rather than less. Now you are required to downlad a free program to print a label without the postage. The new program will allow you to print any class of mail and get the discounted delivery confirmation.

Date Posted: 5/7/2008 9:53 PM ET
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I haven't heard anything, but could see them getting rid of it unless you use printable postage. I bet a lot of eDC get missed because they are blue-boxed without enough postage and the machines scanning them can't check the amount of postage applied. If you had to use printable postage to get eDC, there's no way to miss paying for it. 

Leslie -if you are printing DC from here and the PO is charging you .75, they are ripping you off. Electronic DC costs .18 not .75 and I would refuse to pay.

Date Posted: 5/7/2008 10:26 PM ET
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Melanie, that's what I am saying.  CURRENTLY, I am paying 18 cents.  What they said is that in the future, they will charge the full 75 cents.  Even if I print it at home, through PBS, just like I am doing now.  The 18 cent rate is a discount that the PO offers for us printing our own DC- what I was told today is that that discount will be discontinued.  This is what I'm trying to find out about.  A lot of us will be VERY upset if this happens- it will not be worth it to do DC through PBS anymore, if we have to pay 27 cents to them, plus 75 cents to the PO.  The only way it will be reasonable is to do printable postage, and not everyone can or wants to do that.

Date Posted: 5/8/2008 6:39 AM ET
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As Patti has suggested, ask them where the information is coming from.

Date Posted: 5/8/2008 9:05 AM ET
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I just found this chart with the list of all prices in effect for May 12. Here's the listing for DC:

Delivery Confirmation

Delivery Confirmation

Fee

First-Class Mail (parcels only)

Retail

$0.75

Electronic

0.18

Priority Mail

Retail

0.65

Electronic

0.00

Package Services (parcels only)

Retail

0.75

Electronic

0.18

Standard Mail (NFMs and parcels)

Electronic

0.18

Parcel Select

Electronic

0.00

 

As you can see, eDC stays the same. I'll edit and post a link to the list which is available as PDF or HTML.

Price list of all USPS services effective May 12, 2008. (Delivery Confirmation is listed under Extra Services.)

 

After rereading the OP for the fourth or fifth time, I understand that this supposed elimination of the 18-cent fee will happen in the future and not with the current rate increase. I wouldn't worry about it now if I were you. Nothing is changing right now.



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Date Posted: 5/8/2008 10:20 AM ET
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Melanie, that's what I am saying.  ...Yup, the other Leslie that responded said she is being made to pay the .75 now.

Date Posted: 5/8/2008 10:42 AM ET
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Ahh, sorry Melanie.  Too late in the day, brain shut down.

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Date Posted: 5/8/2008 11:39 AM ET
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Connie -- I believe that "in the future" must be at least a year away, because the PO is only allowed to adjust rates every May from now on. Is that your take on it also? Or do you think they can adjust rates for extra services more frequently?

Date Posted: 5/8/2008 1:31 PM ET
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Oh I don't pay $0.75 because I don't use DC...well except once when I was shipping a box and don't have a scale so couldn't do printable postage and for one shipment no big deal!

sorry if I wasn't clear!  LOL

Date Posted: 5/8/2008 4:31 PM ET
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Yes, Cathy, that's how I'd interpret 'in the future'. USPS says they'll review every May--unless they decide to change the rules, LOL!! They have been known to do that in the past!

Date Posted: 5/8/2008 6:47 PM ET
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Press releases about the changes going into effect on Monday, May 12th have said the postage rates for competitve products will have more flexability. I do not know exactly what that might mean but I think it leaves an out for changing rates on packages and express mail. Additional services is more grey than the statement from the press release. I do think most changes will be yearly in May.

My 2 cents.

Linda S. (thk) - ,
Date Posted: 5/13/2008 7:44 PM ET
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I normally use the printable postage.  It is much easier for me than using either stamps, the PO line, or the APC.  Once I realized that it costs THE SAME as the PBS DC, I could not see a reason for me to do differently.  

If I had had a big stock of stamps, I might have made a different decision.