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Subject: New here with a question
Date Posted: 1/23/2009 10:40 AM ET
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Do most people mail books and elect for delivery confirmation?  Or just direct mail? I ask because I already have five books to send out. I would like to get them out no later than tomorrow so I am looking for quick feedback.



Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 1/23/2009 10:45 AM ET
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It's entirely up to you. I personally use PBS Printable Postage, because I like the convenience of dropping books in the drive-by mailbox on the way to work and prefer not to spend my time waiting in line at the Post Office. One of the side benefits is that I get Instant Credit as soon as I mark the book mailed, so I can immediately order a new book. I also like being able to see roughly where in the postal system my books are.

If I were not using printable postage, I would not bother with the DC only option. I sent over 100 books without any tracking before printable postage became available, and only one of them was ever lost. It did eventually show up about 4 months later.

Date Posted: 1/23/2009 10:47 AM ET
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I just mail my books by direct mail. I've sent out almost a hundred books and I've only had one go lost, so I figure that's worth it in terms of money not spent. However, if you are in a hurry to get some credits, you might want to go with PBS DC. If you don't, you might have to wait a week or two for the other members to get your books and click the received button.

Date Posted: 1/23/2009 10:51 AM ET
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I don't usually use the DC.  I've sent out over 300 books. I haven't had one go lost.  If I had used the DC on all of them I would have spent way more that what it would have saved me in losing a book.  You pay .27 to PBS for the DC then .18 to the post office-over 300 books that's $135.  It just make sense to me.  I use it on books for games because it's required and if I'm shipping a bulk order.  Like last week I sent 4 books to someone and I used the DC. 

I use the printed postage if I only have 1 book to mail and don't want to go to the PO. But most weeks I have several to mail and so it's worth going to the PO.

I always keep a few credits in reserve incase a WL offer comes in so I don't have to worry about getting a quick credit. I help support PBS by donating credits back to the site.

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Date Posted: 1/23/2009 10:54 AM ET
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Date Posted: 1/23/2009 11:09 AM ET
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I do not use printable postage or DC because of the cost and I don't have a scale (and the weights are not always correct when you go to print the wrappers)

I am lucky to have an APC machine at my post office, so I weigh it on the scale there and then buy the stamps in the appropriate amount.

Date Posted: 1/23/2009 11:21 AM ET
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I just bought a scale.  I've wanted one for a long time.  I can't go to the PO myself, so the PBS postage is a good thing for me.  I buy the PBS DC because it gives me a better record of the details (usually, not always) and because some of it  goes to PBS.  Someday I'm going to be enough credits ahead that I can donate some back to PBS!  I like the different services available and the convenience of it.


Date Posted: 1/23/2009 11:27 AM ET
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I use PBS postage for many of the books I send out for credit., esprcially if it's a multibook order where losing the credits would be more of a pinch.  I generally use paypal postage for swaps.  I know that the cost is probably more than a lost book, but the ease of use is key.  I probably could use paypal for everything, but it's not that much cheaper, since I still have to buy DC (and not have a gauranteed credit), and it supports a site I use a lot.  If I have a chance I will mail at the PO, but those chances are few and far between, since I'm currently never anywhere near a post office during the hours they are open.

Date Posted: 1/23/2009 1:38 PM ET
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I almost always use DC partially because I want my credits quickly and partially because it gives me piece of mind.  I know that if I had a book out without DC that was taking longer to be marked recieved than I thought it should, I would stress about it.  For me it is worth the $0.45 a book to eliminate that possibility, especially when I am saving so much money not having to buy new books all the time.

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Date Posted: 1/23/2009 1:47 PM ET
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Really, it is a cheap way to have peace of mind for some things!  Wish it were as cheap and easy for other things in life!


Date Posted: 1/25/2009 12:30 PM ET
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Date Posted: 1/25/2009 3:32 PM ET
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I use PBS with DC as well. I didn't for the longest time and had just as good luck. My reason for switching had nothing to do with reliability and being able to track ... mine had to do with getting the credit up front. I got tired waiting for some prograstinating people to mark it received. This way I don't have to wait.

Date Posted: 1/25/2009 3:37 PM ET
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I've mailed out over 300 books without DC and had one get lost.  That one credit cost me a whole lot less that the DC for 300 books!   Just not that smart moneywise for me.  I've never used PBS postage and don't even know how.   I have a scale and can weigh my books plus I have a post office within a mile of my house.

Date Posted: 1/25/2009 4:14 PM ET
Member Since: 11/22/2008
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I go to the Post Office, they weigh it, I pay and mail it!!  No hoping the postage I've paid is correct.

Date Posted: 1/25/2009 7:06 PM ET
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I don't use printable postage or DC either.  Most of my books are under 13 oz so I just stick stamps on them and put them in a blue box.  Anything heavier, I use Paypal postage for but that's not many things.  I've never had a book go lost but the savings in DC fees would more than pay for a few credit refunds.

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Date Posted: 1/26/2009 5:50 PM ET
Member Since: 2/24/2007
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I only use DC for swaps. I have 3 PO's between my home and work so I go to the PO. I have been tempted to use PBS postage only because I'd get the credit instantly and it would support the site but I have horrible luck with printers. LOL

I don't think I've ever had a book I've mailed go lost but I have had several that have gone lost on their way to me. Some have arrived late but some are still out there somewhere.