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Subject: mailing
Date Posted: 4/15/2016 1:30 PM ET
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if mailing without printable postage, do you still get a tracking number? 

Date Posted: 4/15/2016 2:19 PM ET
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at my p o the receipt I get from the clerk has a tracking number on it. I don't know if everybody gets this or not.

Date Posted: 4/15/2016 3:37 PM ET
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Yepp Adrienne. .tracking is included in media mail. I work next to a PO, I always bring my books there and on my receipt is the traking number.

Date Posted: 4/15/2016 3:50 PM ET
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thanks.... I always used custom dc but now that isn't available anymore, so I do printed postage, but the money goes a lot faster since I used to only pay for pbs dc and pay the actual postage at the PO... anyway I'm down to $.72 and have a book I need to mail out by next week for a game so I need the tracking... but as long as the tracking is included if I just print the label -no postage- and just add stamps, I'm good!  Another week or two I should have enough swagbucks to get a paypal giftcard and  then use it to put more money here for postage, lol

Date Posted: 4/15/2016 6:03 PM ET
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You won't get tracking by printing out the label, they add it at the post office with a sticker, then scan the sticker so the numbers are on your receipt. PBS Postage and Paypal will both print it on the label though.

Date Posted: 4/15/2016 11:18 PM ET
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oh, well that won't work since I don't have a car right now I was planning just to put in in my mailbox, sigh

Date Posted: 4/16/2016 12:00 AM ET
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There are free USPS tracking stickers available that you can use without going to the counter at the PO. I don't always use printable postage so they're great to use with stamps or endicia, etc.

Date Posted: 4/16/2016 1:55 AM ET
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free USPS tracking stickers??

where do you get them??  Does the postal carrier have them in his truck??

Date Posted: 4/16/2016 1:25 PM ET
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You have to order them from the USPS. Set up an account at their website and order 'Label 400'. The labels come in books of 50, I think. They're nice because they have a small receipt strip you keep for your reference. You can also order all different stamps and supplies and they'll be delivered right to your mailbox. You can also print Priority Mail labels (but not Media, first class, etc.) and order boxes and mailers.

Date Posted: 4/16/2016 7:44 PM ET
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can you also buy them at the po

Date Posted: 4/17/2016 12:38 AM ET
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Date Posted: 4/17/2016 8:27 AM ET
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for your situation you could start a paypal account (free) and buy postage labels (free/no fee) and put the label on your package and give the package to you mail carrier. You can also put the package with label on it into a p o blue box wherever you find one.

Date Posted: 4/17/2016 11:37 AM ET
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just ordered from stamps.com

free   & free shipping  yes

thanks

 

Date Posted: 4/17/2016 6:12 PM ET
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I second the paypal account.  That is what I use.

Date Posted: 4/18/2016 12:23 AM ET
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I like getting instant credit from pbs but there was no S&H from stamps.com

Date Posted: 4/18/2016 12:29 PM ET
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There are free USPS tracking stickers available that you can use without going to the counter at the PO.

I was thrilled to learn about these stickers through the forums here at PBS.  I use them plus postage bought in advance at an APC and can mail a book with tracking from a blue box.  I used to be a faithful user of PBS Printable Postage to get instant credit, but now that tracking is included as a free feature of Media Mail, I can't justify the additional $0.55 per transaction.

Date Posted: 4/18/2016 1:29 PM ET
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I never thought of that... especially  with mail to a friend where you don't get a credit.

Date Posted: 4/18/2016 3:24 PM ET
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There are free USPS tracking stickers available that you can use without going to the counter at the PO.

I was thrilled to learn about these stickers through the forums here at PBS.  I use them plus postage bought in advance at an APC and can mail a book with tracking from a blue box.  I used to be a faithful user of PBS Printable Postage to get instant credit, but now that tracking is included as a free feature of Media Mail, I can't justify the additional $0.55 per transaction.

 

+1 for this entire post...except I mail from the office since we have a postal scale here.