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Subject: PBS postage vs. Stamps.com
Date Posted: 2/12/2014 2:48 PM ET
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I have no problem when a book meets the weight requirements for media mail. My issue is when the book is lighter weight. Today I had a book which weighed 4.6 oz unwrapped and 4.9 oz wrapped. According to stamps.com the postage should be 2.09, according to PBS the postage should be 2.68. This has nothing to do with using PBS postage, because I never do. I always use metered postage from home. So does anyone have an explanation why PBS is so out of line with my postage meter provider?

Date Posted: 2/12/2014 3:16 PM ET
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Between 4 and 5 ounces..............................2.68.. $2.09 with Printable Postage

Until you have told the system that you are using Printable Postage, you don't get the online postage discounted rate. The 2.09 rate is ONLY available to printed postage.



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Date Posted: 2/12/2014 5:31 PM ET
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seems like Sharon is also pointing out that Stamps.com will be cheaper once you pay the fee to load money into a PBS printable postage acct, right?

Date Posted: 2/12/2014 7:43 PM ET
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Yes. Stamps is less expensive; however the team will not recognize the tracking if anything comes up. Basically, the extra to PBS is just like an insurance of your credit.

Date Posted: 2/12/2014 8:08 PM ET
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The numbers Sharon posted are purely a difference in postage amounts due to printed postage discount the PBS fee is not in those numbers, though yes PBS Postage does also have the fee. But the last time I looked you had to pay at least 15.99 a month for Stamps.com service. Unless you already have an account there you aren't avoiding a fee, you are just paying it up front in a monthly fee. As long as you load your PBS money into the account in one transaction so you only get one of the 0.50 fees, you can mail 28 books a month before you wrack up 15.99 in fees to print your postage on PBS. PBS charging per transaction lets you pay only as you need it. The only site I know of that lets you print postage free of fees is PayPal, but as Melissa points out you do lose Credit Assurance.

Date Posted: 2/13/2014 11:56 AM ET
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thanks for the complete explanation........when I recently mailed out books at my PO, they told me it was FREE to use their printable postage online.....nothing was said about a minimum amount, though maybe since they know how much I mail out all the time, they KNEW I'd use at least $15.99 per month.???

Date Posted: 2/13/2014 2:08 PM ET
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I've tried to find a free option a few times and never found a way to sign up without agreeing to the monthly fee.  I'd like to be able to set up an account for at work when we want to print postage and not use our mailing service, but not for a monthly fee since we don't need it that often and I'd prefer not to use my PayPal. If someone has found a free option I hope they will post it.

If people would like to pay a monthly fee on PBS instead of the per transaction fee because they send a lot, send in Feedback. Maybe they will set up a monthly membership or add a level of GoldKey that includes postage. 

Date Posted: 2/13/2014 2:23 PM ET
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I've used stamps.com for years. I pay $9.99 a month & they provide an electronic scale. I LOVE IT!!! Many of the book weights provided on PBS are incorrect, so I've saved a ton of money by having an accurate weight when I mail.

Yes. Stamps is less expensive; however the team will not recognize the tracking if anything comes up.

There have been a few times I've contacted PBS with my tracking info for a book and they've followed up, with excellent results.

I do at times regret the fact that I don't get instant credit, but all my books seem to get where they are going within a week or two so I'm good with that.

Date Posted: 2/13/2014 8:22 PM ET
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A Dymo stamps account is free. You just keep a small balance there and print stamps as you need them using the dymo printer/scale and labels. You tell it your package type and it calculates the postage for you. I think you have to 'trick' it to get certain amounts since it doesn't recognize media mail, but if you know the dollar amount of postage plus DC, etc. you can print it as needed. It's traceable so you can put it in a mailbox, no PO required.

Date Posted: 2/13/2014 10:32 PM ET
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PBS will check on the tracking once your non PBS tracking reaches the point of being "lost".   But you do not automatically receive the credit.  

Date Posted: 2/14/2014 7:06 AM ET
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Date Posted: 2/14/2014 8:57 AM ET
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Click N Ship on the post office's website is free.  But you can't do media mail, only Priority or Express.

Date Posted: 2/14/2014 4:07 PM ET
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Date Posted: 2/14/2014 5:09 PM ET
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I would have seen only Priority and Express available on Click-N-Ship and not even clicked through to see if it was free or not.  I can't see that as an alternative to PBS, send just a handful books at Priority or Express and you've paid enough higher postage costs to cover a month of services on any other provider.

Date Posted: 2/18/2014 10:53 AM ET
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If you have a Paypal account, Paypal MultiOrder shipping works great, (you can just buy postage for a single package).  I can mail my books from the box in front of my house.  Only disadvantage is that they add delivery confirmation, which adds 23 cents to the cost of shipping.  I see is as a very small cost for the convenience.  Just another option for you to consider.
 

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Date Posted: 2/19/2014 11:12 PM ET
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I'm another one that loves paypal.com/shipnow .  You can do Media Mail with no problem, then drop it into any Blue Box or put it in your own mailbox.  Yes it costs 23c for tracking, but to me it's worth 23c to be able to print my postage at home, plus not having to park my car, go up the six steps in front of the post office (I have bad knees), stand in line, walk down the stairs, then back my car into traffic. I highly recommend it!!!