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Subject: Pricing Changes???
Date Posted: 3/22/2014 8:28 PM ET
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When did the cost of printing the label increase and/or price of going through Paypal increase?

I just noticed that printing my label and paying through paypal added $1.05 to the cost of shipping.  Thinking I may need to do my own labels and postage for a 33% increase.

Date Posted: 3/22/2014 9:37 PM ET
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The PayPal fee was waived for a couple years.  It has been added back.  (It was showing up, but crossed off.)

Postage went up January 26.

Date Posted: 3/22/2014 10:34 PM ET
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The cost of printable postage through PBS is $0.55, and has not yet gone up following the increase in postage rates implemented in January.

Date Posted: 3/22/2014 11:14 PM ET
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It is strongly encouraged to transfer money into your PBS account in lump sums instead of transferring just one label worth of money at a time. The 0.50 Transaction Fee (that was waived for a long time, but they began charging it again mid-January) is only fee for the transfer into PBS of money from Paypal. If you transfer say, $40, and print many labels from that it is one 0.50 fee and then the 0.55 per label PBS Postage fee, instead of doing each label at a time for 0.50 Transaction fee + 0.55 PBS Postage fee it works out to be a lot cheaper.

Just a note on being "cheaper" to do your own labels.  For some of the weights you get an online printed discount that can come pretty close to equalizing the PBS Postage fee. If you go to doing stamps, you will lose the opportunity to get that discount. You would also need to be careful of the 13oz rule requiring packages over 13oz to be taken to the post office to be mailed.

Date Posted: 3/23/2014 12:33 AM ET
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Thank you, Melanie. That's very helpful. It is better to buy PBS Money in amounts of at least $20 or more at a time because you will be charged $0.50 for every PBS Money purchase regardless of the amount purchased.

For me the additional $0.55 fee for PBS printable postage is well worth it. The benefit of using PBS printable postage is that you get trade credit for the book as soon as you mark it mailed. This mitigates any issues that may arise regarding lost, damaged-in-the-mail, or unusual situations in so far as getting your credit. You will have a tracking record for having sent the book and will also have already received credit for sending it.



Last Edited on: 3/23/14 12:47 AM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 3/23/2014 1:04 AM ET
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Some members use Paypal postage to avoid the charge.  But you do not get the instant credit then.  

 

Date Posted: 3/23/2014 2:31 PM ET
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Also, the site processes credit card payments through Paypal as well, so if you are adding PBS money to your account using a credit card, the fee applies there, too.