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Subject: delivery confirmation - newbie question
Date Posted: 4/22/2008 4:01 PM ET
Member Since: 4/19/2008
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Is delivery confirmation required for each book sent?  I tried to search for the answer, but don't have the patience to wade through all the hits. 

I'm really new at this and appreciate any  help! Thanks in advance.



Date Posted: 4/22/2008 4:11 PM ET
Member Since: 1/25/2007
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DC is not required but recommended. Only DC purchased through PBS will allow you to still get your credit if a book is lost. Plus if you use the PBS DC you get your credit as soon as the book is scanned the 1st time instead of when the book is received.

Date Posted: 4/22/2008 8:37 PM ET
Member Since: 2/28/2007
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DC is not required.  If you are looking for opinions on whether to use it, I'll give you mine:  Don't bother.  In over 100 books mailed, I've yet to have one go lost.  I know that it happens occasionally, but to me, the extra fee is not worth it to cover the 1 in 100 chance that a book goes lost.  I know other people will tell you differently, and others have had different experiences, but that's mine.

Date Posted: 4/23/2008 11:03 AM ET
Member Since: 4/19/2008
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Thanks so much for the input.  It seems I'll just have to decide what's best for me.   I would imagine it'll depend on my finances at the time whether to spend the extra $$$.  I'm just glad to learn it's not required after I send out a couple of books without it.


Date Posted: 4/23/2008 6:47 PM ET
Member Since: 8/27/2005
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I've also only had 2-3 books go lost in sending out around 500!  There are other members who don't have the same ratio, though.  If you are just starting out and don't have any credits and one goes lost, it probably hurts more than it would later on when you build up some spare credits!

Subject: Delivery Confirmation.
Date Posted: 4/26/2008 5:06 PM ET
Member Since: 1/11/2006
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For the tracking infromation to be available, the DC code must be scanned at the Post Office.  I have a book that the map shows that it is at my PO for 2 days.  But when I check the PO tracking web site, it shows only the DC was purchased but item is not in the mail.  So remember to have clerk scan your packages to active the DC.  So the person waiting will know what is where.

Subject: free delivery conformation labels
Date Posted: 4/29/2008 11:34 PM ET
Member Since: 3/20/2008
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I was told by a post office employee that if you go to the post office web site (USPS) that you can print labels that have DC included, and that there is no charge for this.  It's true.  I went to the site, down loaded the label printing program (also free) and printed a label that included  DC.  You have to register to be able to download this program.  But when you need to print a label, your return information is already filled in.  All you need to do is fill in the recipient's information.  You can even print labels with the postage included - but that costs, and I don't have a scale to weigh the package for the correct postage.

OR  If you don't want to download the label printing program, you can just order the DC labels.  They are free, also.  There is a minimum of 10 and maximun of 500 that you can order at a time.  You don't have to pay for DC.

Date Posted: 4/29/2008 11:57 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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Nancy: the only problem with that is your credit is only guaranteed if you buy it through PBS.  So that free DC does nothing to help you get your credit if the book goes lost. ETA: I guess if you use outside DC and can prove it was scanned as being delivered-you can contact PBS and they will mark the book received if the account looks inactive. 

I've sent out over 200 books and have yet to have one go lost.  I use DC for Swap books as the games require the DC to be posted.  I also use the DC/printed postage for books over 13oz and audio CDs because they're worth 2 credits.  I figure between the DC cost and the printed postage fee-if I paid that on every book-I would have spent way more than the cost of the missing book.  The cost of DC is .18 which adds up to $36.00 for 200 books sent.  Way more than the cost of a missing book and a credit.  Especially since I buy all my books used or get them here.

Also if an account is closed or deemed inactive-the system will mark the book received for you and you get your credit. 

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