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Subject: I've just discovered the joys of Paypal shipping....
Date Posted: 8/1/2007 8:37 PM ET
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...and I gotta tell ya, it feels phenomonal!!!

Love it, love it, love it----especially with the new postal regulations now in effect (concerning packages with stamps on them).

I've already had my Paypal account for years due to eBay, so I was already familiar with the site.  I just ordered a 5 lb. kitchen scale from Target, so I can weigh my packages and be sure of the postage (even tho Amazon posts the weight of the book---I'd feel better if I could see it with my own eyes once I've packed it in plastic, the envelope, etc.)

Now, I can print my labels at home, take them with me to work in the mornings, and have the postal carrier pick them up with the rest of our mail/packages....no worries!

Does anyone else use Paypal, stamps.com, click-n-ship, or any other online postage site?  How do you feel about it?  Pros and cons....???

Date Posted: 8/1/2007 9:58 PM ET
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I have used paypal for all of my books and I love how I can track, I often know it was delivered before my sendee clicks that they have received, because I check on them.

It is so easy and stress free, like online bill pay.  I love that I can do so many things via the internet these days!

Date Posted: 8/1/2007 10:18 PM ET
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Can you help a poor old PBSer out here about this?  How exactly do I go about using PayPal shipping for PBS books?  I've been a member of PayPal for quite a while but can't find out anything on the PayPal website of how to go about it. 

T. -
Date Posted: 8/1/2007 10:20 PM ET
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I would NOT participate in PBS if it wasn't for PayPal.

Here is the link, Lynn.  Bookmark it so you will have it because it is impossible to find on the Paypal website.

https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_ship-now

Date Posted: 8/1/2007 10:34 PM ET
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Thank you, thank you, thank you, Tammy!  You're the greatest!  (Wonder why PayPal hides it so well on their site?  Oh, well.)

Lynn

Date Posted: 8/2/2007 12:28 AM ET
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OK, so how do you do it?  I would love to know!!

Roxanne

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Date Posted: 8/2/2007 1:00 AM ET
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Does anyone know if I can print the postage for MediaMail + Delivery Confirmation that I purchased via PayPal, then replace the Delivery Confirmation code with the one generated by (and paid extra 27c to) Paperbackswap?

I seem to recall seeing messages on other topics in this forum saying people do this, so I assume it's ok.

I'd like to do this so that the delivery confirmation credits my Paperbackswap account automatically, which is worth 27c to me.  I assume that the original delivery confirmation code that was generated via PayPal will never get used (and I don't really care).

Date Posted: 8/2/2007 11:41 AM ET
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I have a pay pal account but can't figure out how to set up using PAYPAL postage.  could one of you provide a link that takes me to the set up or at least explains how to do it?

Date Posted: 8/2/2007 12:06 PM ET
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https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_ship-now should do it for you. Note: you'll need to re-enter the address and everything, since PayPal provides a shipping label, not just a stamp.

 


Date Posted: 8/2/2007 12:17 PM ET
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my sticker paper doesn't match the options given to me by paypal.  What do i do?  My sticker takes up the top half of an 81/2 x 11 sheet of paper.  Which option is closest to what I already have a whole package of....that was free by the way. 

Date Posted: 8/2/2007 12:27 PM ET
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Flat well.....at least you were able to print the label. 

About your problem  I'd just cut out your PBS  DC but include enough of a border so as not to have to tape over the barcode and tape it over the one from PAYPAL ;) 

Date Posted: 8/2/2007 12:32 PM ET
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Tessie: most people I know who use Paypal just print it on plain paper and tape it on, like with a PBS label?

Date Posted: 8/2/2007 2:04 PM ET
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cool....since my  "sticker" paper is the top half of the page now I just have to figure out how to insert the paper according to the way Pay Pal has their label set up.

Date Posted: 8/2/2007 4:12 PM ET
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1) You can use PBS DC, just like Tessie said. I do it routinely with no  problems. Just replace the Paypal DC with the PBS DC.

2) Tessie, my labels are 2 up, basically top half of 8.5 x 11 sheet is one label, and bottom half is another. The Paypal label only ever prints on the top one, so choose the 2-label option and you should be fine...

 

Date Posted: 8/2/2007 7:08 PM ET
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Thanks everyone for helping on this.  I occationally use PayPal to ship boxes to grandkids (free DC on Priority) but I don't use it for PBS since I'm in the PO everyday anyway... :-)

Most of my customers who use PayPal shipping just print it out on plain paper.  That's what I do and thats what I recomend to customers who ask about it.  Just make sure it is taped down securely.

Date Posted: 8/2/2007 7:15 PM ET
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So if we use these labels, can we drop them in a blue box even if they are over 13 ounces?

Date Posted: 8/2/2007 7:16 PM ET
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I just now had a chance to check in----thanks to everyone who replied and supplied the link to those who asked for it!

I too just print out the label on plain paper and tape securely with shipping tape, just like I had been doing with the PBS labels.

I'm so happy that so many others are on board!!!

Date Posted: 8/2/2007 7:47 PM ET
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If we use these labels, can we drop them in a blue box even if they are over 13 ounces?

Date Posted: 8/2/2007 8:06 PM ET
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Heather, it will probably depend on how your PO interprets the new rule. Every PO seems to interpret all the rules differently, so it may vary. Supposedly, you should be able to, since it is a trackable postage endicia, but none of us can guarantee it.

For those wanting to use labels. We use the 2-up on the 8.5"x11" sheets, and go into settings and tell it not to print the receipt, I think that's what it's called, It's merely a record for you to keep, and really not important.

Anyway, the first label you put your label sheet in one way, and for the second label, you turn the paper around to print on the other end. Test this using plain paper the first couple times (there's a "print test" button after you've set up & proofed your label, right after you hit the first print button, so you can try it a couple times).

Also, if you want to spend the extra to get PBS-DC and have the assurance of the guaranteed credit (and sometimes quick credit) you simply tape it on top of the PayPal DC. I know another member that does it all the time. So, she's paying nearly full price for her DC (.63) BUT she has the guaranteed(and sometimes quick) credit assurance, along with the convenience of not standing in line at the PO :)

Date Posted: 8/2/2007 8:46 PM ET
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Actually, if she's paying $.63, she's overpaying. You have to buy DC with Paypal, but you're buying the postage, not the actual code. That $.18 postage you pay for DC doesn't care if the DC was generated at PBS or Paypal. So all you should be paying, even if you replace the Paypal DC, is $.45 ($.27 to PBS plus $.18 postage)

I know this sounds confusing, and I apologize.

 

Date Posted: 8/2/2007 10:01 PM ET
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All those links just take me to the member log in page. I tried to understand the paypal shipping but it seems you have to be a ebay seller to get it to work.
Date Posted: 8/2/2007 11:06 PM ET
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That's correct---the link will take you to the login page; you need to be a member of Paypal to use the website link. 

Date Posted: 8/3/2007 9:55 AM ET
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I use PayPal shipping for almost all my PBS packages (unless I have to go to the post office anyway, which isn't often), and it's never been a problem here dropping them in the blue box, even the oversized ones.  I really like this option!  However, I'm a bit confused about using PBS DC on a package with PayPal shipping.  I guess I  don't understand how you would not be paying the .18 DC charge twice.  It seems like I'm paying that .18 upfront, when I print the paypal shipping label.I f anyone could clarify that for me I'd really appreciate it! If I have to be using DC anyway when I use paypal, I'd much rather be doing it through PBS.

Thanks!

Date Posted: 8/3/2007 11:37 AM ET
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When you print out a label on Paypal on plain paper can you tape over the part that has the postage?  I wasn't sure if this needed to cancelled somehow by the post office like they do with stamps.

Teesa

 

Date Posted: 8/3/2007 1:05 PM ET
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When you pay for PBS DC, you are paying PBS the $0.27. The other $0.18 you pay as postage.

If you're mailing Media Mail or First Class, Paypal never gives you the option of not paying the postage for DC. You pay that $0.18 whether you use it or not. For instance, I very occasionally use Paypal to print a postage label for a 1st class flat envelope. The PO won't scan DC on an envelope less than a certain thickness, so I just cut the code off my label. I've still paid that $0.18 in extra postage, though, whether I use the DC or not. Likewise, I can pay PBS the $0.27 for a PBS DC. Then I go to Paypal and print my postage label and pay $0.18 extra for DC. The PO doesn't care which DC code you use or how the extra postage gets there - they just want their $0.18. If I print Media Mail or First Class postage thru Paypal, the extra postage is already in there, so all you have to do is tape the PBS DC bar code over the Paypal DC barcode. You DON'T have to add another $0.18 in stamps or whatever.

I know this is confusing and again, I apologize. I didn't design the system; however, I do use it as described above and have gotten my credit and no postage due.

Teresa, they discourage you taping over the postage bar code, as tape can make it unreadable by scanner.

edited to add: The link requires you to log in to Paypal, so you have to have a Paypal account. However, you DO NOT have to be an ebay seller. Anyone can join Paypal. Here's the link again: https://www.paypal.com/us/cql-bin/webscr?cmd=_ship-now



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