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Subject: Encyclopedia of Country living
Date Posted: 2/6/2009 11:43 PM ET
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Ok My mother wrote the above book and I have a few extras laying around the house. The problem is...it is a huge book! The postage and packaging will be at or over the price of a credit. This book is highly wished for. It is a paperback...but huge (I know I'm repeating myself). Does anyone have any ideas how to solve this conundrum? Dolly

Date Posted: 2/6/2009 11:52 PM ET
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You can always request heavy heavily WLed books with the credits to get the same return, but you can never ask for anything above and beyond 1 credit for a book on PBS. If you do not think the one PBS credit is worth sending them, you will need to trade/sell them on another site.

Subject: Pardon Me....But I'm still confused.
Date Posted: 2/6/2009 11:56 PM ET
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Are you saying that I can ask for credits up to my mailing costs....but nothing more. Or are you saying 1 is all I can get no matter the cost. I'm sorry to be so dense about this. Dolly

Date Posted: 2/7/2009 12:26 AM ET
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Or are you saying 1 is all I can get no matter the cost. - This one. PBS values all printed books at 1 credit, (all audio books at 2). You cannot ask anyone for anything more than that.

For the most part, it usually equals out in the end. We may spend more to send out a heavy book, or send out an expensive book, but we can also request the same type of books for those credits we earn from them.

Date Posted: 2/7/2009 12:38 AM ET
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I rarely see people swapping books over one and a half pounds. I'd sell it for $15 on Half.com, and then use that money to buy 4 PBS credits.

Subject: Thank you very much!
Date Posted: 2/7/2009 12:40 AM ET
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Thank you both for your time and explanations! It's good to understand. Dolly

Date Posted: 2/7/2009 9:32 AM ET
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Date Posted: 2/7/2009 10:30 AM ET
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Dolly, how much does the book weigh?  You can send a book up to 2 pounds for $2.58 media mail, and a book up to 3 pounds for $2.93.  I've sent out a few really heavy books because I would rather have them go to someone who wants them instead of them sitting around my apartment.

Date Posted: 2/7/2009 10:31 AM ET
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How much does it weigh? I sent out a heavy sewing book that weighed close to 3lbs one time.  If I remember right it only cost about 3.50-$4 to mail media mail.  You can look up the cost to send it on the post office website.  It may not be as much as you think.  So while I could have bought a credit from another member cheaper-I figure that credit could have gone to one of the deals I got where I got 3 or 4 books for 1 credit.

Also I've sent out a lot of audio books that only cost me around $2 to mail and I received 2 credits.  I've also gotten a lot of WL books here that would have cost me $15 to buy so it evens out.

Date Posted: 2/7/2009 3:00 PM ET
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Dolly, I love that book.  Your mom did great work.  I can't find my copy right now, or I'd weigh it.

Media Mail rates per pound are listed below.  It might help you to decide what to do with the remaing books.

 

1   $2.23

2   $2.58

3   $2.93

4   $3.28

5   $3.63

6   $3.98

   
   
   
   
   
   
   


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Date Posted: 2/7/2009 3:02 PM ET
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My book must have been 4lbs then. Because I remember the postage being over $3.  But really it's not as bad as you would think.

Date Posted: 2/7/2009 3:27 PM ET
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This book weighs 52 ounces. It's height is 11 inches, width 8.5 inches, thickness 1.8 inches. 928 pages.

I don't deny NewRuth's media mail prices, but I think my post office is messing with me. A few times I was charged higher amounts than the MM standards indicate. Their defense was that my "container (envelope) was too big". Does that sound under-handed? I thought media mail was all about weight...and envelopes weigh near nothing.

Anyway, I'd factor in your personal costs for packing materials too. That book does sound like a monster to wrap (several layers might be needed). And if you use a bubble mailer, you might need one of those massive 12x18 inchers that drug stores sell for around $3 individually.

Always try to recycle old envelopes from previous transactions. Doing so is a huge cost saver

 

 

 

Date Posted: 2/7/2009 9:03 PM ET
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I don't deny NewRuth's media mail prices, but I think my post office is messing with me. A few times I was charged higher amounts than the MM standards indicate. Their defense was that my "container (envelope) was too big". Does that sound under-handed? I thought media mail was all about weight...and envelopes weigh near nothing

If the envelope wasn't secure to the book, they may have charged you a "non-machineable surcharge."   Media mail has to meet the regular specifications at the DMM link below (section 3) , and I'm guessing that they considered it an irregular or outside parcel.  The section on regular parcel post (not media mail) mentions insecurely wrapped parcels (7.2(e)) as needing a non-machineable surcharge.

http://pe.usps.com/text/dmm300/101.htm#wp1014524

 

 

 

 

 

Date Posted: 2/10/2009 9:26 AM ET
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I just threw away 2 technical books on Windows NT because they were so heavy. Probably around 5 lbs, I figured postage would at least $5 each, so I tossed them.

 

Date Posted: 2/10/2009 10:07 AM ET
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That's sad Chuck, don't you have any thrift stores you could at least donate books too?

Date Posted: 2/12/2009 5:15 PM ET
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I guess I spoke too soon. One day after my pessimistic post, I found a 2 pound book I've been searching for. A while back I sent the Freakonomics large print that straddles the 2 pound mark. And I know someone else who received a very heavy Suicide Girls picture book. So I guess the heavy books are listed ocassionally...we just have to be lucky to find them...and giving them away always feels good too.