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Subject: printable postage
Date Posted: 4/14/2017 11:37 PM ET
Member Since: 2/11/2011
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Is there no way to get it to print just so I can use the tracking number to get credit for the credits to hit my account for mailing the tooks. I am mailing eight books and would like to be credited for them to my account with my "free one month tracking."  I don't have the money available and don't want to add any more money because I am sick of being hit with fees for every transaction on here, especially when I can print the exact mail amount from paypal now.  I just need the credits on my account and want access to the one free tracking number.



Last Edited on: 4/14/17 11:42 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 4/15/2017 12:00 AM ET
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To print a trackable label you have to buy the shipping through the site... if you've got a free monthly fee then that'd be $0, but you would have to have the PBS money in your account for the shipping.

Date Posted: 4/15/2017 12:27 AM ET
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You will always have to pay for postage here. The free 1-per-month transaction is only giving you a fee-free postage purchase. And only the postage paid through the site will give you instant credit when the book is marked mailed.

If what you want is tracking you can use the free USPS form "Label 400" or the sticker affixed at the PO when you buy postage there. But that won't give you an instant credit here. If you use "myUSPS.com" you can add all your tracking numbers and be notified when scan events occur. If you need instant credits then you can buy them from other members and when they transfer them put them back into the system by ordering more books and when you do get the credits for the books you sent you can turnaround and sell them yourself to even out (or get more even books, lol).

Date Posted: 4/15/2017 12:37 AM ET
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I cannot help you with instant credits but you can get free tracking at the Post office.  

You can also use the free tracking 400 label LInda mentioned.  You can order them free from the USPS and they will mail them to you for free.  

 

 

Date Posted: 4/15/2017 10:53 AM ET
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Oh, it's too bad you don't have postage money in your account so you could get the instant credits and no fee.  

Date Posted: 4/15/2017 6:31 PM ET
Member Since: 8/19/2007
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Before the changeover (a couple of years ago?) you could print out the postage, pay it at the PO and get the instant credits, but not any more. I used to do that all the time, but since the changeover I don't do it because I send out too many books to keep that kind of money in PBS. Pat

Date Posted: 4/18/2017 10:31 AM ET
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I added the amount amount of postage this time.  I won't anymore.  I get free tracking with paypal--having to pay "for tracking here" is ridiculous.

Date Posted: 4/18/2017 11:22 AM ET
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To be fair, you're also paying for the instant credit feature, which is one of the features you wanted to use...

Date Posted: 4/18/2017 12:58 PM ET
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If you mean that you are mailing an 8-book order to one member, then using PBS postage WILL get you instant credit for all the books. 

Things to know about using PBS Printed Postage to send a bulk request:

  • All of the books in the shipment (all of the books listed on that wrapper) will earn Instant Credit when the shipment is marked mailed. 
  • All requests submitted by a requestor that are going to the same address will be combined by the system UP UNTIL the time that the sender accesses the address and prints postage to send the book.
    • If the requestor adds more books to the request after the sender has printed postage, the additional requests will be submitted as individual requests needing separate postage.

 

But you are, in effect, insuring your instant credit by purchasing PBS postage. 

If I have 6 cars and only insure one of them, I can't make a claim for damage to one of the others....

Date Posted: 4/18/2017 4:12 PM ET
Member Since: 8/26/2008
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I understand the no "instant credit" without paying PBS for insurance. Using PBS figure of $3 per credit, the insurance costs 6%. Every merchant, credit card company and even the IRS uses USPS d/c confirmation as proof of delivery - so why not PBS. Could it be that D/C on media mail messed with their business plan? The post office via d/c now provides proof of delivery.



Last Edited on: 4/18/17 4:16 PM ET - Total times edited: 2