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Subject: PBS Postage - SO worth it around Christmas!
Date Posted: 12/18/2012 4:57 PM ET
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I don't think I've ever bought PBS postage in my life. I use a PO Box and go to the PO all of the time anyway. Now that we've moved back to the city, going to the post office is a lot less pleasant than it used to be. I don't mind using the APC for my books, but lately it's been partially broken and not printing the small postage, only the huge labels. 

Yesterday I used PBS postage on my books. The line at the post office was EPIC. Soooo worth the extra money I paid to not have to stand in line for 30 minutes+ probably.

Date Posted: 12/19/2012 9:39 AM ET
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The other option is to put your shelf on vacation hold for a couple of weeks.

Date Posted: 12/20/2012 10:30 AM ET
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PBS postage is worth it to me all year. I can print it out when it fits my schedule and then just drop it in the blue box.

Date Posted: 12/20/2012 10:06 PM ET
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I have an online business and have to go to the post office pretty much every day to ship stuff, so it's not a big deal for me to go there, I just don't want to wait in epic lines when I am there! 

Date Posted: 1/15/2013 6:27 PM ET
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I would like to start using this, but when I was new, I read that the weight for *all* books might not necessarily be correct. What would happen if I didn't put enough postage on? Would it be delivered postage due? Or would it me returned to me (Although then I would have to pay all the return postage, correct?) 

Date Posted: 1/15/2013 8:21 PM ET
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I would like to start using this, but when I was new, I read that the weight for *all* books might not necessarily be correct.

This is true. If you would like to avoid the post office, investing in a postal scale would be wise. (They are not very expensive; some people use a digital kitchen scale.) 
Sometimes the weight is too low (and it might be postage due or returned to you postage due) or too high.Soemtimes discrepancies go undetected.  I recently had a book mailed to be at the 4 oz rate which I weighed at 7oz.
It's all a matter of what the time (and/or money) getting to the post office and waiting in line vs. getting a scale and paying slightly more for postage is worth to each person.  
Date Posted: 1/16/2013 8:44 PM ET
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I would like to start using this, but when I was new, I read that the weight for *all* books might not necessarily be correct.

What Sophia said yes

I weigh my wrapped book, then enter the correct weight on the print wrapper page.  (I toggle the menu from "book weight" to "wrapped book weight.")

Date Posted: 1/17/2013 6:24 PM ET
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ahh, if I'm lucky I mail out a book or two a month-- it probably wouldn't be worth it to invest in a scale. I just decided to start writing the amt of postage it made it to me with, but now with rates going up... I don't think that would work either.

Date Posted: 1/18/2013 3:58 PM ET
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Thanks for the additional information. If you are only planning on shipping out books that you have received through the mail, you can convert the postage back into the weight at the time you received it. You might perpetuate any errors though. 

Postal scales are in the range of $15-30. If you make special trips to the PO, considering gas savings etc. it might be still worth it.