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Subject: how to pay for postage?
Date Posted: 9/27/2010 10:29 AM ET
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ok, im new here so dont laugh at my question.  i need to ship 3 books. when i go to print the wrapper it asks me for 27c in pbs money to pay for the delivery confirmation. but how do i pay for the actual postage itself? thank you.

Date Posted: 9/27/2010 10:42 AM ET
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You can either choose PBS postage (it's the choice above choosing DC), or you can pay via PayPal or go to your PO and buy stamps.  It's up to you.  If you want your credit immediately and want to be protected in case a book goes lost, then use PBS postage.  If you use their postage you immediately get your credit and if a book goes lost, you don't lose your credit like you would if a book went lost without PBS postage. 

Also, keep in mind that using PBS postage helps this site pay for itself.  It's not cheap running a site like this one and they need a source of income to keep it going.

I have a question for those "in the know".  If you use PBS DC but not their postage, do you get your credit immediately like you do when you use their postage?

Nevermind, I answered my own question by looking at the print wrapper page.  It says:

"Get Quick Credit when the barcode scan confirms that the book has been mailed."

So, by printing their DC you are sure you will get your credit when the book is scanned as delivered.  That's pretty cool.  Almost worth the extra 8 cents I would pay for PBS DC instead of PayPal DC (.19).  Unfortunately PayPal doesn't allow you to print postage without including DC. 

Last Edited on: 9/27/10 10:48 AM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 9/27/2010 10:42 AM ET
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Hi Donna,


You should see 3 different options in the additional services section the first is to add nothing, the second is the DC-only, and the third would be full postage. If you click on the circle next to the last option you should get the full postage option. If you don't have enough to pay for the postage and fees, it is possible that option is grayed out, but there should be a link to add money if that is the case.

Date Posted: 9/27/2010 10:42 AM ET
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You have a couple of options for mailing the package. When you go to print the wrapper you can select from 3 choices .... you need to pick the option that you want. (I think the one that you are looking at is the default option (#2).

1. You can print a wrapper by itself, and put stamps on it, or take it to the post office and let them weigh the package and apply the correct postage.

2. You can print a wrapper with electronic Delivery Confirmation (DC) on it .... in which case PBS will charge you 27 cents, and you need to add 19 cents (in postage) to the postage that you apply to your package. The 27 cents that PBS is charging you does not pay for the actual DC ... you need to pay for that on top of the 27 cents.

3. You can print a wrapper with postage and electronic Delivery Confirmation, which will cost you 43 cents plus 19 cents plus whatever the postage is.

I am off to find the help doc that describes mailing options for you. If you go to "Help Center -> Browse help Docs" and type in "print wrapper" you will see a bunch of applicable help docs.

Last Edited on: 9/27/10 10:45 AM ET - Total times edited: 2
Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 9/27/2010 10:43 AM ET
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You have several choices:

1) Online postage. To do this, go to the Kiosk (gray menu bar at the top of the page) and choose PBS Money. Purchase enough PBS Money to pay for all the postage you'll need. Then when you print the wrappers, make sure to enter the correct weight for your package and choose the green radio button to print postage onto the wrapper.

2) Delivery Confirmation. This is what you've got selected now. It's the yellow radio button on the wrapper setup page. You need PBS Money for this option too, but it only buys you a DC barcode. To add the postage, you either take the packages to the Post Office, or you put stamps on them. Remember to add 19 cents extra postage to pay for the USPS part of the DC fee.

3) No extra services. This is the white radio button on the wrapper setup page. if you choose this option, you either put stamps on the package or you take it to the Post Office and buy postage there. If you put stamps on a package that has no DC, and your package weighs over 13 oz, you must take it to the Post Office and hand it over the counter to a USPS employee.

ETA: LOL, there were no answers when I started typing this, but by the time I'd finished you had several. Obviously great minds think alike -- at the same time!

Last Edited on: 9/27/10 10:44 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/27/2010 10:45 AM ET
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If you are just purchasing Delivery Confirmation from PBS, the system assumes that you are going to take the book to the post office to mail, or affix postage stamps yourself (but be aware that all books over 13 oz. must be handed to a post office employee, which means if you put stamps on it, you still have to take it to the post office and hand it to a counter clerk -- this is one of the homeland security rules.) You could also purchase your postage and DC through PBS, and print out the label with printable postage. You will see that as one of the label options. You would pay for that with PBS money, which you can "buy" throuugh paypal.

Personally, I know from experience that the weights that come up through PBS, and especially for multiple books, are not always accurate. So I would buy the DC through PBS (that way you get quick credit when the book is scanned at the post office) and then carry the books to a P.O. to be weighed and buy your postage at the counter and make sure you send it media mail!