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Subject: PBS postage and DC
Date Posted: 1/9/2012 9:12 AM ET
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I think I've confused myself with all the docs. and posts about PBS postage so I thought I would ask you guys because you guys usually give straightforward answers :)

I've been thinking of adding PBS money and using the preprinted postage. My question is can I then just put the package in a blue box (given the package is not over 13 oz)? Second question, if I use PBS DC, do I still have to go to the post office? If I use both the preprinted postage and DC, can I just put it in a blue box or my mailbox or do I still have to go to the post office?

Thank you :)

Date Posted: 1/9/2012 9:16 AM ET
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If you are using PBS postage you can definitely put it in the big blue box, regardless of weight or give it to your mailman -- the reason for that is that PBS postage is "trackable". Some mail carriers can/will refuse to pick up Media Mail because it is a rule that they do not have to pick up non-priority mail. My mailman has never had a problem with it, at least that I know about, but I also try to mail the bulk of my books myself and ask him to only pick up the odd package.

Date Posted: 1/9/2012 9:47 AM ET
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I've been thinking of adding PBS money and using the preprinted postage. My question is can I then just put the package in a blue box (given the package is not over 13 oz)?

If you use PBS postage, you can put the package in a blue box even if it's over 13 oz. When you use pre-printed postage, the package can be traced back to you and this rule was instituted for National Security purposes after all those scares after 9/11.

Second question, if I use PBS DC, do I still have to go to the post office?

Well, you'll still need postage. :) So if you don't add any stamps, then you'll need to go to the post office. If put stamps in the package, then you can put it in the blue box, provided the book is less than 13 oz.

Date Posted: 1/9/2012 9:52 AM ET
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"Second question, if I use PBS DC, do I still have to go to the post office?

Well, you'll still need postage. :) So if you don't add any stamps, then you'll need to go to the post office. If put stamps in the package, then you can put it in the blue box, provided the book is less than 13 oz."

I don't think I worded that the way I wanted lol. I meant if I have the preprinted postage and PBS DC, can I just drop it in a blue box then? But I think the answer is yes :)

Date Posted: 1/9/2012 10:46 AM ET
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Yes, if you use PBS DC and preprinted postage, you can just drop it in the blue box, even if it's over 13 oz.  This is the sole reason I use it - yes, it costs more, but it's well worth the convenience for me.

Date Posted: 1/9/2012 10:55 AM ET
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Thank you everyone for the responses! I think I got it now :)

Date Posted: 1/9/2012 11:49 AM ET
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There are actually 2 services you can buy with PBS money. PBS postage and PBS-DC only.

PBS postage can be mailed from anywhere no matter what the weight. It gets you Instant Credit as soon as you mark it mailed and you get Credit Assurance in case the book goes lost. PBS postage includes a DC barcode too.

PBS-DC only needs the postage applied. You can mail it from a blue box if it is under 13 oz or you apply some other traceable postage like an APC strip or a meter strip. If it is over 13 oz and has only stamps, it needs to go to the counter at the post office. PBS-DC gives you Quick Credit as soon as it is scanned by the USPS and gives you Credit Assurance if it goes lost after it has been scanned.

Date Posted: 1/9/2012 1:11 PM ET
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Sounds like you have it figured out. smiley  Just wanted to add that when you are printing out postage at home, you'll need a small postage scale (or a kitchen scale that measures ounces) to weigh your package.  You then enter the actual weight of either the book only, or, better yet, the wrapped book, on the bottom of the "print wrapper" page.  The PBS estimated weight is often correct, but  not always.