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Subject: How much PBS money should I buy?
Date Posted: 12/2/2008 11:53 AM ET
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I would like to try using PBS postage and possibly DC too. How much PBS money should I put in my account and how long does this take?

Thanks

Date Posted: 12/2/2008 12:02 PM ET
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It should be there immediately. I usually do $50 at a time and I only use PBS postage sporatically. There is a 0.50 fee for every transaction so I want to make it worth my while. I'd recommend at least doing enough to cover what you would spend in postage between pay checks.

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Date Posted: 12/2/2008 12:08 PM ET
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When I purchased PBS money with a credit card, the funds were immediately put into my account. I thought about how many books I would probably be sending at around $3.00 per book on average using the additional cost printable postage feature. I also considered the .50 cent funding transaction fee and how often I would need to add more funds to my account. In addition, there's the consideration of how much money you'd like idling in the PBS general ledger while your PBS balance sits in your account.

Date Posted: 12/2/2008 12:17 PM ET
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I usually only use the DC.  I use Paypal and put in about $50 at a time.  Put in what you can afford.  That $50 lasts me a long time when I just use it for DC on game books.  I have time right now to hit the post office at least once a week so I like to save the postage printing fee.  You have to look at what you normally spend in postage and what you can afford to have in there at one time.   $50 would mail somewhere around 14-17 books depending on weight.  I know Paypal charges .50 to transfer the money.  I don't know what it costs to use a credit card-if there's a fee or not. 

Date Posted: 12/2/2008 12:47 PM ET
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I only use it for delivery confirmation which is only 27 cents.  I put in 5 dollars at a time and it lasts me for 18 transactions.

Date Posted: 12/2/2008 3:56 PM ET
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Ohhh... so I could just use DC and use the little kiosk thing at the PO to still do the postage? Hmm, maybe that is what I'll do. That way I can still get instant credit, right?

Date Posted: 12/2/2008 3:57 PM ET
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Oh! and what is the difference between PBS-DC and custom DC?

Date Posted: 12/2/2008 4:55 PM ET
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Tiffanie,

You get Instant Credit when you hit "book has been mailed" for printed postage.

You get Quick Credit once the book's barcode has been scanned at a post office.  It can take a couple of days to show up, because your post office usually doesn't do a scan.  (My PO never scans them--she says they don't get scanned until they hit another PO.)

I believe custon DC is for mailing a book to someone that you have not had a request from.  I've never used it, but I use PBS DC and printed postage all the time.  I don't care that it costs a little more for printed postage, because that's what helps the site pay the bills :)



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Date Posted: 12/2/2008 5:31 PM ET
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Custom DC is just an option to get eDC for sending things not posted to your shelf. I use it all the time for sending stuff to people that I want to track. It is only printing thee DC and paying the PBS fee for eDC, you cannot use printable postage there.

Date Posted: 12/2/2008 5:37 PM ET
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Thanks! That clears it up! :)

Date Posted: 12/2/2008 9:40 PM ET
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There's a .50 fee per transaction to add money, whether it's funded by PayPal or credit card.  I have done both, and the money is always deposited instantly.  I usually add $25 each time.  Also, if you are buying something else (I love the Bookmates) at the kiosk at the same time, you'll be paying the .50 fee anyway, so it makes sense to add some PBS money to your order at the same time. 



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Date Posted: 12/2/2008 10:15 PM ET
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I just put how much I "budget" for PBS in my account and when it runs out, I just put my account on hold. This works well for me since my TBR pile is 100+ so it's not like I can't put my account on hold for a couple of weeks, and it keeps me on the straight-and-narrow with my budget, since I have a shopping hobby as well! :)

Date Posted: 12/3/2008 8:58 AM ET
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What are the bookmates?

Virginia, that's a pretty good idea :)

Date Posted: 12/3/2008 11:13 AM ET
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Bookmates are covers for paperback books -- keep them clean and untorn, hold the pages open while you are reading, and mark your place when you're not.  You can find them in the kiosk: BookMates I and BookMates II.  I had one of each but both disappeared after my husband cleaned up, so I bought another one of each size. 

Date Posted: 12/3/2008 11:56 AM ET
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How does it hold the pages open for you? I saw these in the kiosk but couldn't really tell what exactly it is :)

Subject: PBS-DC
Date Posted: 12/3/2008 7:37 PM ET
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I put $50 in my account in mind July and it just ran out this past week...then I put $20 in.  I use my debit card and it is there right away.

Date Posted: 12/3/2008 9:01 PM ET
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How does it hold the pages open for you? I saw these in the kiosk but couldn't really tell what exactly it is :)

They have a spring built into them, and the clear vinyl strap you can see in the picture holds the whole thing closed when you are not reading (like in the picture in the kiosk).  If you unsnap the strap, it springs open and flat, and you take the strap across the top of the book, and snap it to the other side which holds it open and the pages down.  So you can hold the whole thing with one hand and even turn pages one-handed.  I am a big fan of BookMates!

Date Posted: 12/4/2008 6:22 PM ET
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I bought PBS money for the first time this week ($20).  I thought I try doing some printed postage for times I don't want to drive to the PO.  It costs more though, but you get your credit instantly when you mark the book sent.  I sometimes am concerned whether ot not the recipient will remember to mark it received.  So far they all have.  For a few of my smaller books that I've mailed 1st class I've put stamps on the wrapper and stuck it in my mailbox.  That worked too.

Date Posted: 12/5/2008 10:03 AM ET
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I used to go to the post office to make sure the fee was accurate and it always was. After a day of spending a 1/2 hour to mail one book, I decided to take the PBS money route. I love it, no more post office lines - it's worth the extra fee for me because I never get out of my post office in less than a 1/2 hour. I buy $20 at a time and it could last for a month or two.