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Subject: Please Scan Stickers
Date Posted: 11/13/2007 8:31 AM ET
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https://www.labeluniverse.com/store/index.cgi?cart_id=1194959647675976&session_id=&function=item&pid=302&cat=Pre-Printed_Shipping_Notification_and_Instructions&prod=Pre-Printed_Labels

I just found this.  If I'm reading it correctly, you can order a box of 250 labels for only $5, plus $4.60 Priority Mail. 

Maybe this will help get postal workers' attention and get those DC scans sooner.

Date Posted: 11/13/2007 11:34 AM ET
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Good link!  You should post this in the "questions" forum too as people complain a lot there about their packages not getting scanned.

Date Posted: 11/13/2007 2:49 PM ET
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You can often get those as round labels, as well as red ones that say "Scan Me!", on eBay.

That said, it won't help the folks who think their DC should be scanned when they drop a book off at the PO. DC is DELIVERY confirmation; that is, the delivering carrier should scan the package, and it may be scanned by automated scanners as it travels, but the sending PO is not expected to scan it. The issue comes when some clerks scan it, doing their customers a favor, and suddenly everyone wants their DC scanned when they drop it off.

Edited to add links to 2 ebay vendors: http://stores.ebay.com/Melrose-Stamp-Co and http://stores.ebay.com/LABELS-AND-MORE



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Date Posted: 11/13/2007 4:36 PM ET
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And as a carrier who picks up some of these packages, I'm not allowed to scan them then, either. We've been told not to do it (and they can see if if they check the information uploaded into the system when we cradle the scanners at night.)

Date Posted: 11/13/2007 6:55 PM ET
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I could see where a postal employee might even be annoyed by such a sticker.  I would assume the sticker is requesting a DC scan at the originating post office, which is a service that the Postal Service does not offer, and has asked its employees not to do.

Date Posted: 11/13/2007 9:06 PM ET
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I've been reading postings and some people have said their packages never get scanned, even when the package is delivered.   Someone, I think on the Questions board, said to get a green high-lighter and draw a border around the DC part of the label.  The theory is that postal workers would be able to notice the DC because it looks more like the DC forms at the PO. I'll also put the links up on the Questions board.

Date Posted: 11/13/2007 11:40 PM ET
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Our P. O. usually draws a border around the DC and thatīs exactly what I do with all of my packages. Out of 20 maybe one isnīt scanned. Usually those shipped First Class.
Date Posted: 11/14/2007 1:10 PM ET
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let me get this clear, the DC labels we print here are NOT being scanned by the PO?? What's the point of buying them, then??

Date Posted: 11/14/2007 7:10 PM ET
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All of my DC labels printed on PBS have been scanned....usually at a substation along the way.

Date Posted: 11/14/2007 7:50 PM ET
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I've never had a problem with mine not being scanned either.

Date Posted: 11/15/2007 4:45 AM ET
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All of mine get scanned eventually. I've had a few come to me unscanned entirely.

Date Posted: 11/15/2007 5:43 AM ET
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 I would assume the sticker is requesting a DC scan at the originating post office, which is a service that the Postal Service does not offer, and has asked its employees not to do.

Huh? I can see a carrier not scanning something they pick up, but not scanning at the actual PO seems odd. That's the only way they can charge me for e-DC, so telling them not to scan it wouldn't work. One of the guys at my PO said to bring in any that I used the on-line postage for too, so that it gets marked as mailed on that date since that is what most people use them for.

Date Posted: 11/15/2007 10:16 AM ET
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oh good!!  I'm a newbie here and haven't had any problems yet, either :)

Linda S. (thk) - ,
Date Posted: 11/19/2007 8:39 PM ET
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If you are buying a PBS DC for the Quick Credit, it may be simpler to go ahead and use printable postage (unless you have a big supply of stamps already).  It does not cost any more than DC, and you get the credit shortly after you mark the book mailed.  So it does not matter at all when or whether the PO scans the DC.

Date Posted: 11/20/2007 12:26 AM ET
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Actually printable postage does cost more. To print just DC, the fee is 0.27, to use printable postage it is 0.43 because 0.16 is tacked on for the provider.