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Subject: Hey....you can change the date!
Date Posted: 10/22/2007 12:02 AM ET
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I haven't sent any book for awhile. This evening I printed off two wrappers for two different book and you can now change the date you are going to mail it, using PBS DC. WOW!  It takes so little to impress me!!



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Date Posted: 10/22/2007 1:06 AM ET
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They did that a few wks ago.  People were having packages returned because they would print the postage out at night to mail the next day. So the postage date wouldn't match. I don't know why this is such a big issue but apparently the date has to match the actual date of mailing.

Date Posted: 10/22/2007 1:29 AM ET
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apparently the date has to match the actual date of mailing.

That is weird.  I use Endicia for my postage and the date means nothing.  The PO isn't supposed to take the package before the date, but they can take it any time after the date.  Wonder what the story is.

Date Posted: 10/22/2007 6:14 AM ET
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From the Help Center under Printable Postage FAQ:

 

What is the significance of the postmark date on the Wrapper Settings page?  Does it matter what date I choose there?
  • Yes, it is important to choose the date properly--you need to mail the book within 48 hours of that date.
  • It is okay to mail it earlier than the date; your package may be returned to you if you mail it later than 48 hours after that date.
Date Posted: 10/22/2007 8:45 AM ET
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I know that at work we are not allowed to run stuff through our meter and then sit on it in the office.  For example, if we are sending return envelopes with postage, we need to turn the date off on our meter.  Apparently, the PO uses the mailing date to help rate their delivery times.

Date Posted: 10/22/2007 11:52 AM ET
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I had to check because I really do send out packages late now and then.  Turns out I shouldn't, but I can print with no date, so I guess I should do that.  PBS's FAQ is a little off.  This: It is okay to mail it earlier than the date.

According to the USPS, you CANNOT mail earlier than the date on the postage.  If you do, they should refuse it until that date.  Since I never post-date, I don't know that they will refuse it, but they say they will.

And this: you need to mail the book within 48 hours of that date

The USPS says that you must mail on the date on the postage, not within 2 days.  Again, I've been late several times and had no problems, but just because I've gotten away with breaking the rule doesn't mean the rule doesn't exist.  Oops!!!  Well, now I've learned somethin' new!

Date Posted: 10/22/2007 1:00 PM ET
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Well I know I've printed postage out here and not stuck it in the blue box until the evening well after pick up time. I haven't had a problem. But I've seen people post here that they printed postage out at night to mail the next morning and had it come back. I think you can just take it into the PO and have them adjust the date. But I don't know for sure.  So it's good that you can now adjust the date and get everything read the night before.   

Date Posted: 10/22/2007 10:51 PM ET
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It is good that you can change the date. I was one that never had a problem. I printed at night and sent it off 12 hours later...everything got to where it was suppose to go, as far as I know.  I can't turn the computer on in the morning.  Like I am JUST going to print a couple labels...yeah, right!  PBS sucks  you in and all of a sudden it is going on 9:30 and I have to be at work in 30 minutes.