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Subject: Oops! Mistakely assumed DC was paid for when bought @ PBS...
Date Posted: 1/22/2008 5:35 PM ET
Member Since: 12/26/2006
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I have been a member here for some time now, but only just recently have been able to use the option to print DC on my labels. (hence, I am new to the use of printed DC at PBS) And up until VERY recently, I  mistakenly had the assumption that when I paid for it here, that detail was taken care of. My questions are-while still mixed-up about this, I sent out a couple of books with the printed DC, but only stamps enough to cover the usual postage.. will my books arrive with postage due? What should/can I do?

Date Posted: 1/22/2008 6:11 PM ET
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Rebekah, it's quite possible your books will be delivered without anybody catching that the postage amount is wrong.

Date Posted: 1/22/2008 6:12 PM ET
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What I recommend is:

a) In the future, do the right thing and put the appropriate amount of postage on.

b) For the packages already mailed, don't worry about it too much - from other's reports of having difficulty getting USPS counter workers to scan the DC and charge for it, it is likely the packages will pass though the system without anyone noticing the postage due.

c)  However, ...  If the requestor sends you a PM about postage due, offer to mail them a stamp to cover the cost.   After the books are received and any postage due issues resolved, you can go to your local post office and offer to pay for the others (though that might cause some confusion) - or just buy that amount in stamps and destroy them. 

Date Posted: 1/22/2008 7:19 PM ET
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I will be adding the extra postage, in the future. Thanks for the info!

Date Posted: 1/23/2008 9:33 AM ET
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I am confused by this as well.  Does PBS printed postage cover the cost of the DC?  I usually print mine out and pop them right into my mail box.

Date Posted: 1/23/2008 10:03 AM ET
Member Since: 11/18/2005
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You can do PBS DC which is just the delivery confirmation...still have to add postage


you can do the PBS prepaid postage which includes the DC with it, as well as the postage


hope it helped clear it up, or did I confuse you more??!

Date Posted: 1/23/2008 10:08 AM ET
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Kinda still confused, lol.  I'm just wondering if this "extra postage" you have to include for DC is included in the PBS printable postage.

Thanks!  :)

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 1/23/2008 11:10 AM ET
Member Since: 12/27/2005
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If you purchase printable postage, the amount of postage on the wrapper includes the 18 cents for DC.

I just double checked my Mony Registry and verified this. If you are sending a Media Mail package of less than one pound, the amounts deducted from PBS money will be:

43 cents Postage Printing Fee

$2.31 Postage

The $2.31 = $2.13 + .18, which is the actual postage for 1 pound of media mail plus the e-DC charge.

The 43 cents = .27 + .16, which is the PBS fee that they keep (it's the same as if you only purchase DC without postage) plus the fee they pay to Endicia for the postage

Date Posted: 1/23/2008 12:00 PM ET
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Awesome - thanks!  I'd hate people to be getting my packages with postage due!

Date Posted: 1/28/2008 12:54 PM ET
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It says right on the printed label that you have to add the .18 +the amount of postage and the total of the 2. 

Date Posted: 2/9/2008 11:43 AM ET
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I knew about owing the $0.18 in addition to the postage rate, but I sitll messed this up recently on the DVD swap site.  I paid for postage and DC online, but since I had never mailed a DVD before, I wanted to make sure the weight estimate was correct, so I went to the PO and used the APC machine to check the weight. When it was off, I added a stamp to make up the differnece.

Except, I didn't remember (until I got home later that day) to subtract the .18 from what was printed on my label when trying to figure out how much more postage was needed. 

I PM'ed the people I had send DVDs to and let them know about my error.  I offered to pay the difference if it was received postage due.  To my surprise everyone wrote me back saying things such as "No big dea" and "not to worry."  It is wonderful how understanding and friendly people can be when one is upfront about a mistake.

Date Posted: 2/29/2008 10:05 AM ET
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Ok My question is, if it costs me 2.13 to mail a book and I print DC on it, can I just add .18 cents to my postage making it 2.31 and not have to go in to the post office at all?

From what I've read I can but wanting to make sure before I do that lol!

Date Posted: 2/29/2008 5:08 PM ET
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If it is over 16 ounces and you are using stamps, yes you have to go to the post office. If you use the preprinted postage then no. Other way is to write a check out to the USPS for the postage and give it to the carrier to take in for you.

Date Posted: 2/29/2008 10:17 PM ET
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you can aslo use the APC (automatic postal center) machines at the post office

then you can just mail it offf (no need to get in line)