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Subject: Print Label with Postage from PBS for Book Not in System
Date Posted: 2/14/2011 9:47 AM ET
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Is it possible to print a media mail label for a book that is not on my bookshelf using the PBS system?  I found a feature that allows you to print the delivery confirmation label for a book but not how to print a label that includes the postage as well?

I tried the post office and they don't have this as a Click N Ship service yet so trying to figure out how to do this?

Much appreciate it.

 

Susan

Date Posted: 2/14/2011 10:57 AM ET
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Date Posted: 2/14/2011 12:01 PM ET
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You won't get the PBS credit, but you can print the postage via PayPal. Just make sure you have a scale and know the exact weight of your wrapped package... which you really should be doing anyway if you are using PBS postage since the system weights are often wrong. 

You always pay extra to use online postage for first class or media mail. For many it is worth it for the convenience of not having to go to to the P.O. or to get the instant credit, but just keep this in mind. 

Date Posted: 2/14/2011 4:04 PM ET
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"You always pay extra to use online postage for first class or media mail."

 

Not on Paypal.  Just if you use one of those stamp companies (stamps.com, etc) or a service fee like with PBS.

Date Posted: 2/14/2011 6:44 PM ET
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Yes, you pay more to use the Paypal postage than if you took the same package to the post office if for no other reason than Paypal requires you to pay 19 cents for delivery confirmation and you have to get it. 

It's more expensive to mail the same thing if you purchase DC at the PO, but the PO is cheaper if you want to forgo the DC. 

Date Posted: 2/15/2011 3:46 PM ET
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Yes, you pay more to use the Paypal postage than if you took the same package to the post office if for no other reason than Paypal requires you to pay 19 cents for delivery confirmation and you have to get it. 

It's more expensive to mail the same thing if you purchase DC at the PO, but the PO is cheaper if you want to forgo the DC.

 

While you cannot print a label at Paypal WITHOUT the DC, it's not more expensive.  The 19 cents Paypal charges is the standard electronic DC fee, and much cheaper than the 80 cents at the Post Office.  Also cheaper than PBS printed labels with postage, since they charge a printing fee on top of the 19 cents DC fee.  Since the original poster was asking about printing a label WITH POSTAGE, which you cannot do without printing electronic DC, then Paypal is the cheapest option--and you don't have to leave home to do it.  If the postage is printed on the label, you can mail from home or drop in a blue box.

I believe some people have also used USPS Shipping Assistant for the same purpose.  I think it's the same price as Paypal, just the actual postage cost plus 19 cents DC fee.  I personally have never used it, I use Paypal instead.

Date Posted: 2/15/2011 5:26 PM ET
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Shipping Assistant doesn't print postage, unless you have it hooked up to a postage meter.  It only prints the labels with the DC.  So you'd need to have the stamps handy (for a package under 13 oz) in order to avoid a visit to the post office.

I use PayPal for everything but PBS, I don't mind the small fee I pay to them in exchange for having the trackign # attached to the book order.  (How I wish they would let us enter one in manually instead... but then less people would use their fee-based postage.)

Date Posted: 2/15/2011 5:39 PM ET
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Shipping Assistant doesn't print postage, unless you have it hooked up to a postage meter.  It only prints the labels with the DC.  So you'd need to have the stamps handy (for a package under 13 oz) in order to avoid a visit to the post office.

 

No wonder I usually use Paypal.  Much simpler. Thanks for the info!

Date Posted: 2/15/2011 7:25 PM ET
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Is it possible to print a media mail label for a book that is not on my bookshelf using the PBS system?

Yes it is possible to print a media mail label for a book not on your Bookshelf using the PBS system. 

If it is a Wish Listed book and that is why you can't post it, then go to the book details page, click on More Options and select Mail To a Friend. Once you enter the address you will find the book on your My Account page and can print the label from there the same as any other label you print from PBS.  You can even get bulk labels as long as you enter the address exactly the same.

If it is a book that is just not listed in the PBS system at all, then you'd need to use another book to get the label, just be sure to adjust the weight accordingly. Many people use a Grisham paperback as there are a lot in the system. Don't use a book on your Bookshelf because that will cause it to be removed from your shelf and you'd lose your place in line. You could select a book on your TBR if you use that and go into the More Options to use the Mail To a Friend option.