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Subject: Printed postage for freebie book
Date Posted: 1/6/2009 7:43 PM ET
Member Since: 9/20/2008
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I sometimes like to send a freebie book along with a requested book. I also enjoy using PBS postage so I don't have to go into the post office. Is there a way to get the total postage for both books without having the requestor request both books?

One time I asked the requestor to request both books from me, which charged them two book credits. I then could print the correct amount of postage for both books. Then I sent back one book credit to them. This worked great, but the requestor may not always want to do this or may not have two credits.

Also, If I had a postage scale and could figure the correct amount of postage, could I get PBS to print the amount of postage that I requested?

Any suggestions would be very appreciated.

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 12:14 AM ET
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I can answer the last question.

I have a postal scale and it gives me the pounds and ounces.   I enter that into the PBS before I print the label and it adjusts the price accordingly.  FYI... you add about .2 ounces for taping the label on.

I often mail more than one book as well... and the ability to weigh and edit the weight before printing PBS Postage Label has been great. 

Before I got the scale, I would always take my books to the post office to "make sure" of the postage amount.

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 1:43 AM ET
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Lita,

Thanks so much. That sounds like a plan. My next step is getting the scale. LOL

Debi

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 7:50 AM ET
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You can also check the weight at Amazon.  Enter the ISBN of the extra book and in Amazon's description of the book it will give the weight.  It is usually pretty accurate.  Add the extra weight to the book you are sending and you have the total weight.  Media mail rates are in increments of pounds, unlike first class and priority which are in increments of ounces, so you have a lot of leeway. 

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 12:42 PM ET
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Thanks, Terri. Sounds good to me. I'll try it!

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 8:34 PM ET
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I got a cheap kitchen scale at Walmart for less than $20.  It goes up to 5lbs and shows oz.

Date Posted: 1/8/2009 1:37 PM ET
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My husband got me this one and I really like it:

http://www.amazon.com/United-States-Postal-Service-PS100/dp/B0006G1IEU

Date Posted: 1/13/2009 2:01 PM ET
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Terri, What a great idea! I also have been going to the P.O. to make sure the postage is right if I'm adding an extra book. What's the saying "Live and Learn"? Thanks much.