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Subject: Handwritten package
Date Posted: 2/17/2009 12:12 PM ET
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I'm kind of new to paperbackswap.  I've sent books out before, but that was with the PBS wrapper.  Now, I'm sending it out in a padded envelope with the address handwritten.  So, what I want to know is if I'm required to write "media mail" somewhere on the package or if just telling the p.o. workers that it's media mail is sufficient.



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Date Posted: 2/17/2009 12:18 PM ET
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If you plan on sending it Media Mail then you have to write it on the package, else you'll be charged First Class rates.

Date Posted: 2/17/2009 12:19 PM ET
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Is there any place in particular to write it or can I write it anywhere on the package?

Date Posted: 2/17/2009 1:34 PM ET
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I would write it somewhere on the front of the package.  I used to write mine with a big black marker.

Also, let them know that you want the Media Mail rate.

Make sure there is nothing anywhere else that says "First Class" because that would negate the media mail you wrote on it.



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Date Posted: 2/17/2009 2:11 PM ET
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Thanks!

Date Posted: 2/17/2009 6:59 PM ET
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Is there a reason your not using the PBS envelope label?  Makes it much easier and no worries about copying the address incorrectly.

Date Posted: 2/17/2009 9:29 PM ET
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My post office will stamp it Media Mail.      Some of us don't like having to waste the paper to print the label if we are just going to tape it onto a padded or poly envelope.

Date Posted: 2/17/2009 10:42 PM ET
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I don't use the wrapper because I don't want to turn on my computer that has the printer attached to it.  I just use brown postal wrap and hand write the address.

Date Posted: 2/17/2009 11:12 PM ET
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I started hand writing my addresses a while ago when my mom killed my computer and now I have to use hers.  I HATE her printer (and it hates me back) and can't afford the ink for it anyway.  I just make sure I put the Request ID number on the package, in case there is a problem (usually up by the return address)

Date Posted: 2/19/2009 12:01 AM ET
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That answers that question!  I've received books that were delayed because the address was hand written...incorrectly.  Personally, I feel better knowing if there's a problem with the label it isn't because I made an error transferring the information.  Don't always trust myself that way!

Date Posted: 2/19/2009 7:04 AM ET
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Heather, if your PC is dead, why not just use your printer on your Mom's machine?  You can have more than one printer on a PC.  It's especially easy if one of them is USB

Subject: Media mail
Date Posted: 3/26/2009 3:05 PM ET
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    Alisha , I have already mailed a book Media mail and just wrote it on the package and had no problem .

 

                                              Dolores H.