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Subject: PBS suggests double postage?
Date Posted: 4/22/2008 7:18 PM ET
Member Since: 4/19/2008
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I have a 13 oz book that is 14 oz after wrapping, but PBS suggested that I put $4.85 worth of postage for media mail!  Now, maybe I'm not reading http://pe.usps.gov/text/dmm300/ratesandfees.htm right, but it seems to me that it would have to be over 9 pounds to cost this much and it should really cost $2.13.  PBS had the weight as 13.6 oz although it was 13, but even if it were over a pound it should only be $2.47.  Any insight into why this happened?

Date Posted: 4/22/2008 7:26 PM ET
Member Since: 9/18/2005
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Katherine, here is a link to the Help Center on whether or not the PBS postage is correct..and what to do if it isn't.  Hope this helps:  http://www.paperbackswap.com/help/help_item.php?id=197

My guess is that the information was inputted wrong and that is the reason for the error.

Date Posted: 4/23/2008 3:13 AM ET
Member Since: 8/26/2006
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Yes, sounds like the book weight is wrong.  I once had postage come up as over $90 dollars.  Hee hee hee!

Date Posted: 4/23/2008 7:50 AM ET
Member Since: 8/30/2005
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You can correct the weight that shows on the printing screen, and it will adjust the postage amount.

Date Posted: 4/23/2008 8:32 AM ET
Member Since: 2/28/2007
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One thing to know about the postage is that it is the suggested postage (or as in your case, is just blatantly wong), and you should always double-check the weight of your book before sending it out.  In fact, yesterday, I was instructed to put $1.85 on a book and ship it first class when it was actually heavier than the first class rate they quoted, bumping it up to $2.13 and media mail. 

Date Posted: 4/23/2008 12:24 PM ET
Member Since: 2/20/2008
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That happened to me one time, so i went back to look at it before buying postage.  It had the book weight (standard MMPB) at like 8 pounds and like 6.5 ounces or something.  I didnt see the 8 pounds before, because it was a small book why would I look?  Anyway, just make sure pounds is 0

Date Posted: 4/25/2008 8:12 PM ET
Member Since: 5/27/2006
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The guy at my PO always looks to see what PBS said the postage was.  He gets a kick out of it being wrong.