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Subject: need help pronto: how to add books to already printed wrapper
Date Posted: 3/28/2009 8:45 PM ET
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After printing the wrapper for a requested book, I've realized I have two advance reader's copies (ARCs) by the same author, which I'd like very much to include in the package (as a gift, of course). My problem is, the postage printed on the wrapper, only covers the weight of the requested book. So how do I reprint the wrapper to indicate the increase in weight and thus increase in postage? I have a scale and have weighed all the books, so I have a figure I can punch into the weight fields in the form.

                                                     --thanks in advance,

                                                                   Fiona Webster

Date Posted: 3/28/2009 8:55 PM ET
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Date Posted: 3/28/2009 8:57 PM ET
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The postage amount listed on the wrapper doesn't have to be right. You can use the USPS website to figure out the correct postage and apply it. If you bought postage online, you can just add stamps to make it correct, or if you didn't then you can just apply the correct postage when you know the amount.

Date Posted: 3/28/2009 9:55 PM ET
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You can add stamps to it with no problem.  They can trace the package through the barcode. I have added stamps to the printed postage before when I've forgotten to increase the weight for extra books.  Just make sure you don't cover the printed postage part or the barcode.

Date Posted: 3/28/2009 10:21 PM ET
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Unfortunately, if your package weight is 13 oz. or more you'll have to mail from the PO. - This is not true. You can mail a book with a combination of online postage and stamps from any where. It is packages that only bear stamps that must be taken to the retail postal counter.

I am pretty sure you cannot reprint the wrapper just to add postage, you will have to repay it all to increase the weight in PBS postage. You can add the postage with stamps on your own, or take it your PO and have them calculate the difference and add it.

Date Posted: 3/28/2009 10:25 PM ET
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You can't void and get refunded for the postage already paid on the wrapper.  Just add stamps to make the amount of postage paid correct and drop the package in the mail.

Date Posted: 3/28/2009 11:54 PM ET
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Date Posted: 3/29/2009 4:05 AM ET
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Thanks, folks! I'll do the thing with (1) going to the USPS website to see how much postage I need, then (2) adding stamps next to the pre-paid label. I even have some old commemoratives that are fun to look at.  =grin=

Those were some really important points y'all brought out, too--that there's no way to start over and print a new label with part of the postage already paid for, and that you can mail a package with a pre-paid label plus stamps without having to go to the post office.

Bad ol' Ted Kaczynski--strange, isn't it, how we have to live with his legacy, every time we remember we can't put an all-stamps package in a blue p.o. box... Like most solitary nutcases, he wanted power, and he did wield a dire, fearsome power for awhile. I'll bet he never figured, though, on the kind of power he has now, and will continue to have, for a long time to come. There's a weird kind of symmetry to it (if you don't mind my exaggerating to make a point): once he frightened every receiver of a package, and now he annoys every sender of a package.


I wonder, though, if the Ted Kaczynski Rule is protecting us anymore, against a similar threat. I mean, if someone wanted to mail package-bombs now, could they buy postage-paid labels for them on the Web in such a way that their financial info was anonymous? through Pay Pal? a P.O. Box? What about the postage-printing machines you can buy for a small business? how do you put money in those things?

                                           --thinking too much about all the wrong topics,


Date Posted: 3/29/2009 1:20 PM ET
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If you print postage from PayPal, you CAN actually cancel the postage label (directly from USPS) and start over, ordering a new label. It takes a few days for the cancellation to go through, as USPS has to make sure you did not use the postage after all. Then they refund your credit card. via PayPal. I've done this a couple times.

Date Posted: 3/29/2009 1:31 PM ET
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Yes, you should be able to add stamps to printable postage, but don't be surprised if the postal employees just see the stamps and return it.  I added a stamp to an APC stamp once and the package was returned to me...sometimes when you do something out of the ordinary the employees are not familiar with the rules.  Now that I think about it, I noticed that the wording on our blue boxes say "packages with stamps", not "packages with stamps ONLY".  I wonder how it is worded in whatever documentation the postal employees look at.