Discussion Forums - Questions about PaperBackSwap Questions about PaperBackSwap

Topic: Please Help - About mailing books that hold an extra book

Club rule - Please, if you cannot be courteous and respectful, do not post in this forum.
  Unlock Forum posting with Annual Membership.
Subject: Please Help - About mailing books that hold an extra book
Date Posted: 9/9/2008 12:22 PM ET
Member Since: 1/29/2007
Posts: 131
Back To Top

I have had a request for three books for two credits.  I have agreed to do it but am now stymied.

I usually use PBS postage but can't as the amount would be wrong.  How do you handle the mailing for this.  All I can think of is going to the post office for mailing. 

Any suggestions?




Date Posted: 9/9/2008 12:35 PM ET
Member Since: 5/10/2007
Posts: 5,526
Back To Top

you have to weigh the books anyway, right?  just weigh all 3 and change the weight.  Although depending on if they are hardbacks or paperbacks it won't affect it too much.  my guess is that it will be 1-2 lbs unless they are hardbacks

Date Posted: 9/9/2008 12:36 PM ET
Member Since: 2/8/2008
Posts: 3,898
Back To Top

Unless you have a postal scale, you should go to the post office to make sure you get the postage correct.

Date Posted: 9/9/2008 12:38 PM ET
Member Since: 1/8/2007
Posts: 8,139
Back To Top

I use my kitchen scale. It weighs up to 5 lbs and I've not had a single package arrive postage due. If it's more than 5 lbs. I weigh everything separately and then add it up.

Date Posted: 9/9/2008 12:51 PM ET
Member Since: 4/29/2008
Posts: 182
Back To Top

I don't have a postal scale.  What I do is go to Amazon and look up the isbn, on the book description they have the weight listed.  I add up all the weights and then put that number in.  I've noticed that PBS postage only does it at the pound rates, (1, 2,3 pounds etc...) so even if my books are a little over its okay. 

Date Posted: 9/9/2008 12:54 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
Posts: 26,510
Back To Top

What to you mean at the pound weights? You can put oz in the PBS weight box.

Date Posted: 9/9/2008 1:11 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
Posts: 15,220
Back To Top

You can still go to Amazon and find the weights, add them together, and enter it into PBS. That's the same (though not as accurate) as using a scale and weighing all the books together. Doesn't matter what number of book(s) you are saying you mailed, just so long as you enter the weight for all of the books. As Mary said, you enter both pounds and oz in the PBS system. They are just entered in two different boxes.

You need to manually remove the free books from your shelf.


Off on a tangent, I wonder if PBS does use the entered weights to calculate book weight and the high quantity of deals offered is why some of the book weights are creeping up? The weights use to be right on almost every time, now days almost all are off and most on the high side.

Date Posted: 9/9/2008 2:03 PM ET
Member Since: 3/11/2008
Posts: 1,716
Back To Top

You can stop at the post office and use the scale that's out in front if you don't want to talk to a postal worker.

I belive most POs have that option. All of the ones around me, do.

Date Posted: 9/9/2008 2:12 PM ET
Member Since: 1/8/2007
Posts: 8,139
Back To Top

Mary, I think she means that the postage only goes to the higher pound. So if you enter 2# 4 oz. you'll get the 3 lb rate (because the rates are up to a certain pound). So getting it down to the ounce is not really critical unless you're right at the cutoff. Even then, it's not much to go up one lb to be safe.

Last Edited on: 9/9/08 2:12 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/9/2008 3:47 PM ET
Member Since: 7/7/2007
Posts: 4,815
Back To Top

Just for the record, Amazon weights are often wrong.  A number of folks who enter book data there enter "8oz" for any paperback, regardless of actual weight.  So, don't trust anything except a scale or the post office. :-)



Date Posted: 9/9/2008 5:00 PM ET
Member Since: 5/23/2005
Posts: 6,059
Back To Top

When I went to print postage the other day for a very thin trade paperback, PBS showed it at about 4 1/2 pounds.  Just try to check your weights before you print.  If I hadn't noticed how high the postage was for such a tiny book, I might have clicked print and walked away and been out a few bucks.

Date Posted: 9/9/2008 8:44 PM ET
Member Since: 1/29/2007
Posts: 131
Back To Top

Thanks everyone who answered


Date Posted: 9/10/2008 6:18 PM ET
Member Since: 7/12/2008
Posts: 1,181
Back To Top

I just use a digital kitchen scale that I got in Target for about $20. It weighs in pounds and ounces, or in grams. Got it initially to keep track of portions, but it works for weighing books, too. (LOL) Post office has rates based on pounds, I think, after it passes 13 ounces. Or use the PBS calculator and just change the weight.