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Subject: Hand adressing packages..
Date Posted: 9/5/2007 11:39 AM ET
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Is there something wrong with hand adressing packages?  If I hand address, I can use just one piece of packing tape over the address.  If I use the PBS wrapper, I have to use three.  In the interest of saving some money, I've switched to hand addressing. 

I'm just wondering if that's going to be a problem, since PBS asks about it when you mark book recieved. :)  All my books are wrapped in plastic, so water damage is not a concern.

 

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 9/5/2007 11:41 AM ET
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You can hand address packages. I always assumed they ask that on the survey so they could see if it has an effect on the speed at which packages travel. The automatic sorting equipment should handle printed packages faster, especially with the postnet barcode.

Date Posted: 9/5/2007 11:53 AM ET
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You can hand write the address on the package. Some members have to do this because they don't have printers, or they may be out of ink or paper at the time a request comes in.

Diane

Date Posted: 9/5/2007 12:00 PM ET
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I always hand write the address I do so because I'm cheap I dont want to use up my printer ink lol

Date Posted: 9/5/2007 12:14 PM ET
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I usually print mine out.

Date Posted: 9/5/2007 1:19 PM ET
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Cool beans, thanks ladies. :)

Date Posted: 9/5/2007 1:21 PM ET
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Keep in mind, if you had address the package you must include the REQUEST ID on the package. :)

Date Posted: 9/5/2007 1:35 PM ET
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Bernie, why do we have to put the request ID on the package?   What is wrong with just the mailing and return addresses?

 

I usually print out addresses, but lately my printer seems to be possessed, so I've had to hand write addresses.

 

Donna B

Date Posted: 9/5/2007 5:28 PM ET
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I've always hand-addressed my packages (I put them in bubblewrap mailers), but had no idea we had to put the request ID on them. Yikes. I'll start making sure to do that.

Date Posted: 9/5/2007 6:08 PM ET
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I don't know why or how I know this. A random bit of trivia from  when I first joined.. This is all I could find in the FAQs about it:

If you choose to hand-write the address on your package:

  • Please include the Request ID# as part of your return address
    • this is not crucial, but it helps us locate the request if you need to communicate with us about it.
Date Posted: 9/5/2007 6:55 PM ET
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You have a great memory, Bernie.  Thanks for the tip!  I'll start doing that, at least until I can exorcise my printer.  :)

 

Donna B

Date Posted: 9/5/2007 8:24 PM ET
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I think that was especially important in the earlier days when more people used the PBS address for a return address, and PBS would have to figure out what was going on if the book returned - they could look up the request ID and get info that way. 

I suppose if a package was misdelivered and someone actually took the time to log on here and send a message asking what to do with the package (well, it could happen!) it could help that way, too.

I hand address often, and I think the books go just as fast  - but that's just me.  :)

Date Posted: 9/5/2007 8:49 PM ET
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From what I understand hand addressed packages can move slower and are more likely to get lost than typed addresses.  There are more chances to make a mistake and a greater chance that some person or some machine will not be able to read what you wrote.

Just as an aside it took my sister's wedding invitation (which was really just a souviener, since I knew I was invited) took forever to get to me.  Plus, it was mangled because it was thick and an odd size.  It was caligraphied and spelled both North East and Avenue.  The post office machines prefer printed NE and AVE. 

However, it's not clear that it is much slower or that there is a much greater chance of it getting lost.  Part of this depends of course on the quality of your handwriting.  If you can block print well it's probably not a problem.

 

Date Posted: 9/5/2007 9:06 PM ET
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I hand address mine except when using the PBS postage for heavier books.

Date Posted: 9/5/2007 10:12 PM ET
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I do both but I am beginning to do more hand addressing now because our ink cartridges for our printer are so danged expensive!

 

Date Posted: 9/5/2007 10:57 PM ET
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I'm forced to hand address my books for a bit .... our printer is being repaired. But as soon as we get it back, I'm going back to printing out the address info, mostly because I usually use DC on my books. But...also because my handwriting is terrible!!

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 9/6/2007 2:59 AM ET
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No problem hand addressing - just make sure you write legibly.  I never include request ID#, FWIW.