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Subject: Guessing the price of a book
Date Posted: 1/8/2011 1:13 PM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2008
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If I want to make a deal with three fairly good sized books...how do I guess how much the postage would be?  I guess I could go to my post office and have them weigh it and tell me or else bring them into Target and use one of their bathroom scales ;).  But is there any way to do a similar "ship to a member" and then have PBS tell me the cost? 


I am wondering because I want to know if I am taking a significant hit if I offer all three books for one credit or if I should do it for two.

Date Posted: 1/8/2011 1:17 PM ET
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Sometimes if I'm just trying to "approximate" the shipping cost, I'll check the shipping weights listed on Amazon.com just to get an idea of the package weight. Does your P.O. have an APC? I use the one at mine all the time... Saves me so much time, & I can use it 24 hours.
Date Posted: 1/8/2011 1:25 PM ET
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The APC won't do media mail though right?  Amazon is a great idea.  I'll try there...

Date Posted: 1/8/2011 1:28 PM ET
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You can do media mail on an APC you just have to create a stamp. 

I just use my cheap kitchen scale that goes up to 5lbs. 

Date Posted: 1/8/2011 1:30 PM ET
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You can print stamps at the APC with any amount on them, Erika. It's under "Stamps of a different denomination" or something like that.  All you have to do really is memorize (or write down) media mail rates per pound.  Weigh the package and then go back and type the correct amount for the stamp in.  Voila!

ETA: Mary, great minds... :-)

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