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Subject: postage pre-paid
Date Posted: 2/5/2010 9:14 PM ET
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i am a little comfused about the postage on this site. is it cheaper to do pre-paid postage and do you have to use the confirmation of receipt? how often is the postage and weight on the books correct? besides convience what other benefits are from the print your own postage?

Subject: Prepaid postage
Date Posted: 2/5/2010 10:13 PM ET
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The main reasom is that you are supporting  PBS. Yes, you have to use the confirmation. I find that the weights are pretty close.  That is where it is helpful to have a scale at home, so you can check the weights. The is some extra costs, but the convience is what i use it for....print the label, wrap the book and drop it in the blue box on the way to/on the way home. Easy!

Date Posted: 2/5/2010 10:37 PM ET
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If you use PBS postage you pay a fee for it and in return you get your credit immediately and you can use the DC they issue to track the package.  If the book goes lost, you still get to keep the credit.

If you use other postage, like PayPal postage (https://www.paypal.com/shipnow), you don't pay a fee for it and still get DC you can use to track the package.  BUT, if the book(s) go lost, PBS will give the credits you would have received back to the person ordering the books.  This will happen even if you show them that the book was marked as delivered by the post office.

You need to make the determination which is right for you.  Some people swear by PBS postage because they like to get their credits immediately.  Other people (like myself) are more frugal and are willing to wait for the credit.

Date Posted: 2/6/2010 7:52 AM ET
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Hi Ann,

Welcome to PBS and the wonderful world of trading books. I second the idea of getting a scale which weighs by the ounce. The weights shown on PBS can be off by a little and sometimes by a lot. You can get reasonable scales at most local stores (WalMart, Target, grocery, etc.) or order them from PBS, Amazon, Ebay, etc.

Blessings,
Christina

Date Posted: 2/6/2010 8:01 AM ET
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I use PBS postage whenever possible and have never had any problems with the weights. Yes, it does cost a little more but I look at it as doing my part to support the site. The site owners have to make money to keep the site up and running so I think it's important that we all do our part.

Date Posted: 2/6/2010 8:50 AM ET
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It's really up to you what's best for you.  I personally don't use the PBS postage because I mail out a lot of books and that DC/postage printing free really adds up when you send out 20-30 books a month (like $100/yr just in fee to PBS).  I support the site in other ways like paying for a BOB membership I rarely use, donating credits to the site and recently having ordered from the new Marketplace). 

But I have time to go to the post office.  So to me it's worth it to save the printed postage fee and just go to the PO once a week.  I'm not in a hurry to get the credits because I always keep some on hand for WL books.  I figure that $100/yr I save by not using the printed postage can buy a lot of credits and used books to post here to cover any I might have lost.  So far I've had one book I've sent go lost out of around 1000 sent. 

If I had trouble getting to the post office I would probably use a combo of PBS postage and paypal.  Paypal because it's cheaper and PBS for like audiobooks and bulk orders where more than 1 credit is at stake. 

So it's really up to you. I would not trust the PBS weight system. In my experience the weights is off on a lot of the book.  The postage I pay at the PO is frequently less than what the label says it should be.

Date Posted: 2/6/2010 9:17 AM ET
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You got some great advice here.  I ditto the scale, it always comes in handy even if you use the Post Office.    I generally use delivery confirmation mostly  for a quick credit insurance and I am able to track the books.  When I am too busy to get to the PO  because of the shorten hours I will use PBS Postage - which i just did with the last three books. 

I have used paypal and there aren't any extra charges but,  YOU DO NOT receive a quick credit/credit insurance.  Only when you use PBS Postage or Delivery Confirmation does the credit insurance apply.

I have also sent many books w/o delivery confirmation or PBS postage and they all made it to their destination. 

Welcome to PBS!

Date Posted: 2/6/2010 12:34 PM ET
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On the advice of another poster here, I bought a scale that weighs up to 35 pounds from an E-Bay seller justpoundsandounces .  It was very reasonably priced and works great. 

Date Posted: 2/6/2010 12:52 PM ET
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I personally only print my postage if the book is going to weigh anywhere around 13 oz. or more.  It's worth it to me not to have to make the trip into the post office.  Otherwise, if it's a lighter book I just go with stamps and so far haven't had a problem with books going lost or anything like that.  So it's all up to you which way you want to go with it.

Date Posted: 2/6/2010 1:35 PM ET
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I use PBS DC when I'm mailing more than one book.  Worth it for me to get the credit.  And to be able to drop the books over 13 oz in a blue box rather than stand in the PO line.  PBS weights were running a little bit heavy for several months.  I'm now finding them a little bit light. 

I assume they are tweaking the software to deal with those oversized paperbacks.  In general, books that are not often sent seem to be the most inaccurate in weight.  Such as hardback nonfiction.   There is a postage chart on the help pages.

PBS postage page

Date Posted: 2/6/2010 1:50 PM ET
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Thank you for all your imput. you have given me lots to think about. ido have a scale. my husband is an ebayer and we bought that for him.  I am thinking if this really takes off for me then i am going to use PBS postage, i have only mailed 1 book and my second it waiting to go out.  thanks again for taking time to answer my questions. every here has been very sweet.

Date Posted: 2/6/2010 7:35 PM ET
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Otherwise, if it's a lighter book I just go with stamps and so far haven't had a problem with books going lost or anything like that.  So it's all up to you which way you want to go with it.

If you print your postage through PayPal, you can wrap the book, print the postage and then put the book in your outgoing mail for your mail person to pick up.  No need to buy stamps and no need to visit the post office.  I do this for all my books.  If the box is too big for my mailbox, I just stop at the PO, park in their 15 minute zone and run in to drop it in the box.  There's always a line in our small post office and I really don't like standing in line for things I can accomplish without standing in line.

Date Posted: 2/6/2010 7:39 PM ET
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On the page to select the style of label to print, there is a place to change the weight of the book before printing.   I always check the weight.  Even if I'm not using PBS DC.  The weight determines if the label prints as media mail or first class. 

If I'm mailing to an APO or over water (HI, AK, PR, GU) I'll tweak the weight to print out a first class label and pay for the extra postage.  Media rate often takes forever when going by boat.

Date Posted: 2/6/2010 11:06 PM ET
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also if you printed postage either PBS or paypal

you can then depoist the book into any collection box (even if the book weights oveer 13 ounces

you dont have to take to a post office to mail it

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 9:37 AM ET
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I use PBS postage whenever possible and have never had any problems with the weights. Yes, it does cost a little more but I look at it as doing my part to support the site. The site owners have to make money to keep the site up and running so I think it's important that we all do our part.

Yeah, what she said.