Discussion Forums - Questions about PaperBackSwap Questions about PaperBackSwap

Topic: Printable Postage on PBS

Club rule - Please, if you cannot be courteous and respectful, do not post in this forum.
  Unlock Forum posting with Annual Membership.
Subject: Printable Postage on PBS
Date Posted: 9/22/2011 10:37 AM ET
Member Since: 12/17/2006
Posts: 10,185
Back To Top

So I've been here almost five years now and I'm considering to start using printable postage. 

I've used the DC for years; but always go to the automated postage machine to put my postage on my books.  This morning the machine was down (again) and I thought why not try the printable postage and I can just drop in the blue box right down my street!

I already have a scale to double check weights.  I read it's only 16 cents more of a fee than the DC.  I already spend the postage anyway. 

I'm curious who uses this and if you like it?  Have you had any issues with returns?   Pros and Cons?

Thanks in advance~


Date Posted: 9/22/2011 10:42 AM ET
Member Since: 7/28/2006
Posts: 4,984
Back To Top

I am a recent printable postage user.  It took me a long time to get on the bandwagon despite the fact I've been using PayPal postage for years.  I think it was hard for me to commit to the extra fee.  But I have to say that having the quick credit is totally worth the extra 43 cents. 

The only thing I don't like is even when I choose the "label" option the page prints weird (my printer is screwy sometimes).  So I have to cut and tape the label onto my package instead of sticking it on like I do with my other shipping.  But that's a small problem. 

No problems with returns or delivery yet (knock on wood).

Lisa N. (LDN) - ,
Date Posted: 9/22/2011 11:44 AM ET
Member Since: 6/19/2007
Posts: 11,934
Back To Top

I love printable postage and I like the fact that it gives me my credit instantly and guarantees the credit even if the book goes lost.  The "extra" cost kind of bugged me right at first because I could use PayPal postage and still just put it in my mailbox to go out instead of going to the post office.  But, then I started thinking of it as just a way to help support PBS and so now it doesn't bug me at all.

Date Posted: 9/22/2011 12:40 PM ET
Member Since: 6/26/2006
Posts: 2,585
Back To Top

I love it.  With the hours that I work, it's hard to get to the post office (and the one with the APC is really out of my way).  I just print out the postage and label, cut it to fit my recycled bubble wrapper, and pop it in the blue box on my way to work.  Easy-peasy!

Date Posted: 9/22/2011 12:49 PM ET
Member Since: 10/22/2009
Posts: 1,452
Back To Top

I'm also a printable postage user here--have been since I joined.  I have a blue box outside of the office where I work, so printable postage makes it so convenient for me!  The extra 43¢ is well worth the hassle of not having to go to the post office!

Date Posted: 9/22/2011 12:54 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
Posts: 14,177
Back To Top

I use DC but not printable postage.  But based on what I've seen posted in discussion threads, I'll speculate and say PBS printable postage users have fewer return and postal issues.  Members who have undertrained local PO staff sometimes find themselves hassled at the counter.  With printable postage, their packages are taken from the blue box directly to the sorting center...thus bypassing potential local problems.

Date Posted: 9/22/2011 1:48 PM ET
Member Since: 7/19/2008
Posts: 15,485
Back To Top

Always check the date and the weight before printing.   Most of the problems are linked to those two issues. 

Date Posted: 9/22/2011 3:43 PM ET
Member Since: 4/7/2008
Posts: 15,690
Back To Top

Before the scale here at work broke (grumble, grumble), I was a printable postage user for multiple packages. Never had any problem and I definitely like the idea of just dropping the package in a blue box and getting my credits as soon as I marked the book mailed.

As others have said, as long as you double check the weight and make sure to mail the day you print the postage, then you should be fine.

Date Posted: 9/22/2011 3:44 PM ET
Member Since: 12/17/2006
Posts: 10,185
Back To Top

Thank you to all!  I think I'm going to load my PBS money and start doing it that way.

Subject: Printable postage
Date Posted: 9/22/2011 4:29 PM ET
Member Since: 11/18/2005
Posts: 5,448
Back To Top

I have been using it since PBS started doing it. It is so easy to print the label, tape it on the wrapped book and drop it in the mailbox on the way to work-or if it isn't too big to leave it for the mailman to pick up. The extra cost is small potatoes for me and another way to help support the site. I don't have to stand in line at the PO.

Date Posted: 9/22/2011 5:04 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
Posts: 15,226
Back To Top

One more incentive to use printable postage over PBS-DC only is that on books up to 8 ounces, USPS now has a discounted rate for online printed postage so for up to 7 ounces the extra amount of fee is just about covered by the discount in postage; and for the books between 7 and 8 ounces you send it at  FC instead of Media Mail.

Last Edited on: 9/22/11 5:06 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/22/2011 6:02 PM ET
Member Since: 1/1/2009
Posts: 1,924
Back To Top

 Love it and no down side except when I run out of ink!

Date Posted: 9/23/2011 6:09 AM ET
Member Since: 8/10/2005
Posts: 4,603
Back To Top

I love it and have never had any issues with it except the very occasional time when Endicia (the online postage company PBS uses) is down for whatever reason...usually it's not long before you can come back and print the labels. It's now super easy to just print, wrap, and drop books in a blue box instead of standing in the infernal PO line to mail those 13 oz and heavier books, which I can only get to one day a week because of my work schedule. The 'instant credit' is nice, but not even really a consideration for me. Yeah, I could buy my online postage elsewhere cheaper, but I like the idea of the fees supporting the PBS site.