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Subject: a few ?'s about e DC
Date Posted: 10/20/2009 10:55 PM ET
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ok so I am a complete nerd when it comes to DC.... I go to the post office and pay $ .80 for it.  My ?'s are these:

Can I use the pbs DC and still pay for my shipping at the post office?

Can I use my credit card for this?

Can I print out DC from pbs and pay for it ($ .18) at the post office.

Do you pay for  DC here on the pbs website

 

 Also is anyone having alot of problems with bar code scans at the post office? I guess I should try it once to see how it goes......But I am reluctant to try new things.....

 

"sigh" maybe someday I will go out and play with the other kids.....lol

Date Posted: 10/20/2009 11:04 PM ET
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1.) Yes

2.) Yes - buy PBS money

3.) Yes ($0.19)

4.) No - you pay PBS a fee to generate the DC but the DC fee itself is paid as part of the postage when you take your package to the PO.

Date Posted: 10/20/2009 11:09 PM ET
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Thanks for the answers.......

4.) you pay PBS a fee to generate the DC but the DC fee itself is paid as part of the postage when you take your package to the PO.

Can you tell me how much this fee is?

Date Posted: 10/20/2009 11:11 PM ET
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This should help you.

The fee is $0.27.

Date Posted: 10/20/2009 11:16 PM ET
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Ok thanks I will check it out......

Date Posted: 10/21/2009 12:13 AM ET
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The fee here at PBS is .27 to print DC only.  I use this feature frequently and purchase postage at my local PO.  And yes you can use a credit card.

In addition to the postage you buy at the counter, you will be charged .19 (instead of .80) for PBS electronic DC.  It's cheaper and PBS can track the transaction!

There are two DC charges, one from PBS and one from USPS.

Date Posted: 10/21/2009 4:37 AM ET
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I had an older printer that could not print a barcode that could be scanned.   (My new one is fine.  No more clogged heads!)  Be very careful if you tape over the bar code.  You have to make sure that the tape is smooth over the bar code.  Wrinkles can make it not scan.  (With my ink jet printer, the address disappears at the least hint of moisture.  I always tape over the address.) 

You can use the APC (Automatic Postal Center) for media rate with the DC.  Select first class parcel to get the weight, then back up to choose to buy a single stamp, with the DC fee added on.  I keep a rate chart with me as my post office does not post the media rate. 

The PBS system lets you reprint a label without paying twice, in case of a mistake.

Only PBS DC will get you quick credit.

Date Posted: 10/21/2009 6:55 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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Paying .80 for DC at the post office is a waste of money.  PBS will not give you a credit even if it says it was delivered. And you'd spend $8 for every 10 books you mailed out.  You could buy 2.5 credits for that or a brand new paperback. 

I only use the PBS DC when mailing audiobooks or bulk orders or for game books (DC is required in games).  If I'd used it on every book I've sent out I would have spent probably $100 just on the DC fees.  I'd rather put that money towards buying books to read and post to PBS.  The DC fee does help pay for PBS.  I just choose to support them by paying for a BOB membership and donating credtis back.