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Subject: PBS postage and DC
Date Posted: 5/21/2009 11:53 AM ET
Member Since: 7/13/2005
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I don't use PBS postage very often and I was just reminded why.  When we do so, we MUST buy Delivery Confirmation also.  Why is that?  Why do we not have the option to buy postage either with or without DC?  There are two PBS fees attached to my postage purchase, one for the postage itself and another one for the DC.  This adds up.  I wish I could just buy the postage without DC because I don't usually use it when I mail from the post office, and I have had only one or two books go lost on me in over three years here.  I"m thinking I might just continue to buy my postage from the P.O. where I have the option of buying DC or not, unless there is soem really good reason why it's required when buying PBS postage.

Date Posted: 5/21/2009 11:55 AM ET
Member Since: 6/26/2006
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It's a USPS requirement.  All postage purchased online, regardless of the source (usps.com, endicia.com, paypal, PBS, etc) has to have delivery confirmation.

Date Posted: 5/21/2009 12:07 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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Next time you go to the post office stock up on some stamps. I have some $1 and various denomination stamps. I use them when I have just one smaller book to mail.  You can get the postage cost form the post office website.

Date Posted: 5/21/2009 12:18 PM ET
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Thanks to both of you for your knowledgeable responses.  I feel a bit better now knowing that there is a really good reason for the DC requirement.  I think in the future I will go the old fashionen route and take my stuff to the post office, I pass right by it on the way home from work.

Date Posted: 5/21/2009 12:27 PM ET
Member Since: 2/28/2007
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Does your post office have an APC (automated postal...something)?  If so, do what I do:  Stock up on electronic postage in the amounts of $2.38 (typical price for paperbacks) and $2.77 (typical price for hardbacks).  I buy 5 or so of each at a time, and then just stick it on as needed and drop it in a blue box. 

Date Posted: 5/21/2009 4:33 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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Is that the new rate Lisa?