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Subject: delivery confirmation
Date Posted: 3/28/2009 6:01 PM ET
Member Since: 2/26/2009
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How many ppl spend the money for delivery confirmation when sending out books.  Talking about from the post office, not pbs.  New at it and a little paranoid, so I did.

Please check out my bookshelf.  Appreciate it.

Date Posted: 3/28/2009 6:27 PM ET
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If you pay for delivery confirmation at the post office, you pay 75 cents and the only benefit is knowing when the book arrives. If you pay for DC here at PBS, you will pay far less plus you will receive your credit as soon as the book is scanned in at the post office. If the book gets lost in the mail, you would have to refund the requester their credit back though.

Now the other option is to pay the Printable Postage fee of 43 cents and pay for the online postage here. This gives you the following benefits. 1- Instant credit if you print your postage through PBS--you will get your credit when you mark the book mailed by clicking the "Book Has Been Mailed" button on the request. -which you keep even if the book gets lost in the mail. 2. You can drop the book, even if it weighs over 13 oz into any mailbox- no trips to the post office. This is what I now use. It is worth it to me to get my credit right away plus I am covered if the USPS loses the book and I never have to go to the post office now!!


Last Edited on: 3/28/09 6:33 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/28/2009 6:33 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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It's a waste of money to pay for it through anywhere but PBS in my opinion.  Only buyign it through PBS guarantees your credit.

Personally I think overall it's a waste of money anyway other than the fact that it helps support PBS. I choose to support them by paying for a BOB membership and donating credits back to the sight.  If I had used DC on all the books I've sent, I'd have spent around $100 just on DC fees-way more than the cost of a lost book and credit-of which I've had none that I've sent go lost in around 400 books sent out. Just not financially worth it to me. I only use it on bulk book orders or games where it's required.

Date Posted: 3/28/2009 6:51 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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Welcome Adrienne!

I frequently use DC, but it's because I like to keep track of my transactions & the early credit is nice.  If a book goes missing, it's handy to have access to all the info here at PBS.  And yes, the fee supports PBS.

Date Posted: 3/28/2009 11:10 PM ET
Member Since: 12/9/2007
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I use it and th printable postage from PBS because of the advantages mentioned above and for the other benefit - the requestor cansee you've mailed it and follow any progress the book makes when it is scanned.  Of course - for them to see that the book needs to be scanned at thestart of its journey when the only time the USPS is required to scan it is when it arrives at the destination PO.  But you still get your instant credit even if they don't scan it until it arrives.


Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 3/29/2009 9:21 AM ET
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I use the PBS postage almost always.  I have a rural mail route so I can wrap my books and put them in the mail box and they're on their way.  I can "watch" them move from my house to their new home.  I get the instant credit too.

I just can't throw the heavier books or boxes into my mailbox, anything over a pound.  You have to take those to the PO.  But, I still print the postage.  Less aggravation for me.  I can take the box to either the PO substation or Meijer's and drop it off.

It's just a matter of preference.

Date Posted: 3/29/2009 9:43 AM ET
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Actually with printed postage you can put those heavier books in your mail box-if they fit anyway.  If you just use stamps then it has to go to a postal carrier. But if you use printed postage it's ok to mail it from your mail box or a blue box.

Date Posted: 3/29/2009 9:45 AM ET
Member Since: 1/18/2009
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I use the pbs printed postage and delivery confirmation also. I know you pay a fee everytime you purchase and use the postage, but I figure I am supporting this site and it is so convenient not to have to make constant trips to the post office. I also like the added benefit of getting an instant credit as soon as I mail a book.