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Subject: International buyers.
Date Posted: 10/5/2014 5:50 PM ET
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I am curious if this club is international or just the U.S.A.

Date Posted: 10/5/2014 5:54 PM ET
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Just for the USA and military addresses oversees. Postage rates are too high to mail internationally.

Date Posted: 10/5/2014 6:26 PM ET
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Thanks. That was my concern. I'm new here and have requests, but they do not tell me the location that I'm going to mail them to.

Appreciate the response.

Date Posted: 10/5/2014 7:00 PM ET
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In the United States, books can be mailed at the media mail rate, so up to a pound is $2.69; up to two is $3.17.

Date Posted: 10/5/2014 7:24 PM ET
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Thank you again. Do you recommend tracking as well.

zeke68 -
Date Posted: 10/5/2014 8:08 PM ET
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If you're paying for delivery confirmation at the post office, where it's much more than if you buy your postage online, then I don't recommend it. I've never had a book go lost either coming to me or ones that I've sent.

If you buy your postage online - I use paypal - the delivery confirmation is mandatory, but it's only 23 cents for media mail, I believe, which isn't that much.  It's free if you ship first class, which you can do with some smaller paperbacks.

However, delivery confirmation purchased outside of PBS does not guarantee that you'll receive your credit should someone say their book went lost.  The only way to guarantee to receive your credit is to purchase postage thru PBS.



Last Edited on: 10/5/14 8:09 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/5/2014 8:36 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I never pay for tracking unless I am using Paypal or PBS postage on heavier books or bulk orders for convenience. It quickly adds up to more than what a lost book/credit would cost. I had 1 book out of 992 sent go lost.  I forget exactly what PBS credit guarantee costs when you by the DC from them but it's about .50/book and if I had used it on every book I've sent, that one lost credit would have cost me $496.  So to me it doesn't make financial sense to pay for the credit guarantee on every order. 

The printed postage is convenient though if you need credits in a hurry or don't want to go to the postage counter on orders over 13oz. 

Date Posted: 10/5/2014 8:45 PM ET
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I do use tracking with bulk orders, or going over water. (FYI Guam takes forever.)

Date Posted: 10/5/2014 9:05 PM ET
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I use the PBS Printable Postage. There is a 55 cent fee for that but it is easier for me to just mail the book from my mailbox and not deal with going to the post office. I've never had a book go lost that I mailed.

 

Date Posted: 10/5/2014 9:46 PM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2007
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I use Paypal postage.  I don't mind paying the little extra for DC on everything.  I simply can not get to the post office so I wouldn't be able to swap books and play in games unless I could use online posatge and drop stuff off in the blue box.

Date Posted: 10/6/2014 12:39 AM ET
Member Since: 8/20/2007
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"Just for the USA and military addresses oversees. Postage rates are too high to mail internationally."

PBS is only for the USA, its Territories (Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, etc) and US military bases overseas. In addition to postage rates being higher for international mail, it is much more complicated to send mail internationally and you'd have to deal with issues caused by foreign post offices, customs delays and expenses, unfamiliar postal codes and addresses, and communication with members who may not be very fluent in English. I don't see international mailing being a viable option in the foreseeable future, except perhaps for Canada.



Last Edited on: 10/6/14 12:40 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/7/2014 11:49 PM ET
Member Since: 4/28/2009
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I rarely ever pay for DC for a pkg I mail out unless it's multiples or a costly WL book.