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Subject: first-time sender, book is over 13 oz
Date Posted: 2/28/2010 6:19 PM ET
Member Since: 2/27/2010
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It says when I go to print out the wrapper that my book is about 14.1 oz. I don't have a paypal account or a credit card to use. Is there some way that I can send this book using stamps? I tried reading the instructions on how to properly wrap/send a book but that left me a little confused. Also, how do I figure out how many stamps to put on each book?



Last Edited on: 2/28/10 6:30 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/28/2010 7:24 PM ET
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hi ashley,

welcome to pbs.

do you own a kitchen or postal scale? if so, verify the weight by weighing the book. if it is indeed over 13oz, then to mail it using only stamps you need to go to the post office and hand it over to a postal clerk.

you can just wrap the book, take it to the post office, and make sure you say you want it mailed via MEDIA MAIL. it should come up as the 1lb media mail rate, which is $2.38. you can use a combination of stamps to make $2.38 in postage, but you would still need to hand it over to the clerk.

there are many ways to wrap a book well, but an important step is to make sure the book does not move around in its wrapper or envelope. Use packing (not scotch) tape liberally to secure any loose corners, seams, etc. It's a hotly debated topic on PBS, but you might consider wrapping the book in some plastic you have lying around the house (eg grocery bag) first, as a water proofing layer.

good luck and feel free to ask any more questions. happy swapping! :)

Date Posted: 3/1/2010 1:19 PM ET
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The # of stamps needed depends on what stamps you have and what the postage costs. You can look up the postage rates on the USPS website.  A book 13oz or over has to be handed to a postal clerk if it has stamps on it. 

If you don't have a credit card or paypal then you'll have to start going to the post office for books over 13oz.  You can get postage from an APC machine but not all post offices have them and you'd need a credit card to pay-the credit card is what makes the APC postage trackable. 

It's possible that PBS might take a check or money order to stock your PBS money. I've never looked. IF they did it would take time for the check to get there and to clear.