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Subject: Mail to a friend if not on bookshelf?
Date Posted: 10/4/2007 9:34 AM ET
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Question y'all....I bought my sister a gorgeous cookbook for her wedding anniversary.  I am not wanting to post it because it is wishlisted...and sorry, folks, it's not for you!

Can I still use "mail to a friend" somehow?  Maybe I should just put in a "dummy" book and then use mail to a friend, like my office dictionary or something?  I would hate to post it only to disappoint a wishlister.

Thanks for any help!

Date Posted: 10/4/2007 9:40 AM ET
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Why not just mail it directly to your sis, and skip the PBS system entirely?

Date Posted: 10/4/2007 9:58 AM ET
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I don't get why you need to go through PBS. Just to print out the postage?  Just wrap it up and take it to the post office.

Date Posted: 10/4/2007 10:03 AM ET
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You can send it using the Custom DC feature on your account page.

Date Posted: 10/4/2007 10:17 AM ET
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Can we use the PBS postage with the Custom DC yet?

ETA: Just answered my own question.... YUP! So get in there and use the Custom DC to do it!



Last Edited on: 10/4/07 10:18 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/4/2007 11:54 AM ET
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I'm totally confused.  Why would you want to put a book on PBS that you are giving to your sister?  Am I missing something?

Date Posted: 10/4/2007 12:42 PM ET
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Nicole.. I think she wanted to generate the printed postage and label to mail the book.

 

Date Posted: 10/4/2007 1:02 PM ET
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oohhhhhhhhhh.  okay.

Date Posted: 10/4/2007 2:04 PM ET
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Sorry if I wasn't clear!  I want to generate the pretty mailing label with the bar codes on it. 

I generally take my own books to the PO, but the pretty mailing label speeds things up, in my opinion!

Thanks for any suggestions.

Date Posted: 10/5/2007 5:20 AM ET
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I suppose you could post it as if it did not have an ISBN #, so if it is wishlisted it doesn't get grabbed up, and then quickly go to your bookshelf and do the "mail to friend" thing.  Just brainstorming here.

Date Posted: 10/5/2007 7:03 AM ET
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In the future, you should just post a book that is already in the system.  You don't need the book in front of you, you just need the ISBN of a book such as a John Grishman or Nora Roberts book to use.  Then go to your bookshelf and click on Mail To A Friend.  You can now use PBS postage and DC. 

I do this when I have a book that is over 13 oz and I don't want to go to the PO. 

Date Posted: 10/5/2007 8:54 AM ET
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Thanks all.  Kristen, that's exactly what I ended up doing.  I posted a copy of Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow that was lying on my file cabinet because it was a book club edition.  I knew no one would be salivating over it. 

I think the computer generated label with the handy dandy bar code is likely to move my package faster and perhaps even more reliably than a hand-written label.