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Subject: postage on PBS
Date Posted: 2/20/2014 9:56 AM ET
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Hi, How do I sign-up to mail through the PBS site and does it include the DVD site as I  am a member there too. I can't find anything where I have to sign up and start doing the postage through here.

Date Posted: 2/20/2014 10:10 AM ET
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You do not have to sign up.  You are in it.  You have to buy PBS money to pay for the postage.  That said, some warnings:

The money is site specific.  You cannot transfer between PBS and DVD sites.  

There is a Paypal charge to buy PBS money.  I think 50 cents per transaction.  So buying in larger amounts can make sense.  

The money is only good for postage, credits, or Market books.

ALWAYS check the weight and date before printing.  These cannot be changed.  I do not recommend the postage if you do not have a scale.

There is a PBS charge for each label.  This includes a credit guarantee.  This makes using postage on bulk book orders really cost effective.  We can also reprint the label without charge, as long as we do not make any changes.  



Last Edited on: 2/20/14 10:14 AM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 2/20/2014 4:44 PM ET
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As Emily says, you do not need to sign up. What happens is that when you print the PBS wrapper or label with the requestor's address, you are given a choice to (1) print postage which includes tracking (delivery confirmation), (2) print tracking (delivery confirmation) only, or (3) add no extra services. If you choose either of the first two, you will be asked to buy PBS money using Paypal -- and PBS (not Paypal) will charge you a fee of 50 cents for the transaction.

Option 1 - PBS Postage with DC will cost you 55 cents, deducted from your PBS account, in addition to postage. You can drop your package whatever it weighs in any blue box. When you click that you have mailed the book, you will receive Instant Credit.

Option 2 - Delivery Confirmation Only will cost you 50 cents in addition to postage -- a 30 cent PBS fee (deducted from your PBS account) and a 20 cent USPS fee (which, if you're putting stamps on yourself, you pay by putting an additional 20 cents worth of stamps). If the package weighs more than 13 oz, you need to take it to the post office. You will receive Quick Credit after the first scan (wherever that may be).

As Emily recommended, be sure to check the weight before printing.

Hope this helps.

 

Date Posted: 2/20/2014 5:29 PM ET
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I didn't know you could use pbs money for market books, good to know, thanks Emily. I have PBS money that I can never use because I don't have a scale and am always too scared to risk mailing something out without knowing the weight. 

Date Posted: 2/21/2014 4:44 AM ET
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thank you guys for all this information. I did not realize there were charges involved and I will have to mull this over, again many thanks for the help

Date Posted: 2/21/2014 8:02 AM ET
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Should add that buying tracking at the post office (for media mail) will cost you about 90 cents in addition to postage -- so IF you want tracking, buying it from PBS costs less and provides the guaranteed credit.

Date Posted: 2/21/2014 12:50 PM ET
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The fees for the credit guarantee quickly add up to more than what a lost book/missed credit would cost. (I've only had 1 out of over 1,000 every go lost) But it is handy for heavier books in that it saves you from having to go to the post office and it does help to fund the site.  The fee they collect on PBS postage for all the transactions that go well help cover the cost of the credit refunds on those that don't.  I forget what the fee is off hand because I use the printed postage so rarely but let's say it's .50/transaction.  That's $5 for every 10 books mailed and you can buy at least 3 credits in the book bazaar or a couple of used books at a thrift store for that.  Since most of the books I mail are under 13oz, I just slap stamps on mine and stick them in my mail box and just use the PBS postage on bulk mailings and the rare heavier book.

You can get postage through Paypal for no additional fee but it comes with no credit guarantee. 



Last Edited on: 2/21/14 12:51 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/21/2014 3:28 PM ET
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I use PBS postage for convenience. I never have stamps on and and i never go to the PO. I believe the time I save and the frustration avoided is far more valuable than the fees.

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Date Posted: 2/21/2014 7:39 PM ET
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I used to use PBS postage for the convenience until I did the math, like MsRight.  With never having a book lost, it just wasn't cost effective to pay for the credit assurance.  Now I use paypal since the convenience level is the same.

While the postage supports the site, so do other things, like donating credits back.  I've done that and when I quit using PBS postage, I donated the remaining couple bucks in my PBS postage account.

Date Posted: 2/21/2014 9:39 PM ET
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It really is great for books that weight more than 13 ounces.  Or multiple book orders that weight more than 13 ounces.  I love avoiding the post office lines.  

One postage fee covers all the books in an order.