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Subject: How do you submit an Idea to PBS
Date Posted: 5/22/2008 9:13 AM ET
Member Since: 4/17/2008
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There are many occasions when the cost of shipping a book first class is only slightly more than shipping it via media mail. However I generally don't know this until after I've printed the label (which is marked media mail) and  taken it to the post office. I don't mind paying a few cents more to ship first class but since the package is all ready marked media mail the post office discouages me from changing it to first class saying it will most likely end up going media mail anyways since that is what it's marked.

My question/suggestion is for having an option to print the label with first class postage OR media mail rate.

Date Posted: 5/22/2008 9:23 AM ET
Member Since: 8/9/2005
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All you have to do is cover up media mail and write first class on it. My post mistress puts a blank label over it and then charges me for the first class rate.

Anywhoodles to send in a suggestion use the contact us link at the bottom of every page. Sellect suggestion as your feedback type and send it in.

Date Posted: 5/22/2008 10:43 AM ET
Member Since: 8/30/2005
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Diane, if your book weighs 7 ounces or less, FC will be cheaper and the wrapper will print out as FC.  Media Mail starts at $2.23 and an 8-ounce book will be $2.36 by FC.  So the smallest difference is 13 cents, and it goes up from there.  When you get to a 13-ounce package (the limit for pkg weight using FC parcel) the cost is $3.21 FC, so that's 98 cents more than the same pkg Media Mail.   Yeah, if you're willing to pay the difference, you can cut out or obliterate the MEDIA MAIL on the PBS label.

I can't get used to the new rates--have to keep checking them.  Remember when it was $1.48 for MM for a pound or less?  Ah, those were the days.

Date Posted: 5/22/2008 4:22 PM ET
Member Since: 1/14/2008
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I was wondering about that too. Most of my paperbacks are only a few cents more  to send  FC. The post office just has me cross out the media mail and write FC on it, but I hate to bug them like that. Seems I am making a trip every other day lately.

I also wish that we could print a label with no price guess in the corner. It just seems so inaccurate

Date Posted: 5/22/2008 6:51 PM ET
Member Since: 11/8/2007
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I have had a couple times where my book suggested weight was under 7 oz so first class printed on label and I was sending two books as part of book bazaar deal and wanted to send media mail.  I just cut off the bottom of the label and attached to package.  Since then I pay more attention and just adjust the weight when shipping packages to be more or less than 7 oz if I want to ship another way so the correct postage (media mail/first class) prints on package.  If you are going to post office doing this is fine cause they weigh it for you and you pay them. 

Date Posted: 5/23/2008 10:52 PM ET
Member Since: 12/9/2007
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Amy, I got a book today where the sender just printed off a label with no DC and no postage and just cut off the part where the stamps would go or the paid postage when printed would go.  Not sure why this was done because it came MM .  So apparently you can alter your label easily and the PO will accept it. 

I just hate not to buy the DC and the postage with PBS.  It's such a small amount that could go to PBS. This way they aren't making a cent.  I also like the DC because I've had a box with 4 books in it get lost in the mail - and if I hadn't had the DC - I would have lost the credits, too.

Date Posted: 5/24/2008 6:42 AM ET
Member Since: 4/17/2008
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Thanks for the suggestions. I guess the post office I got to is just being picky. The lady there said they would rather not have me cross out the media mail and write first class. She said it was confusing.