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Subject: do I need a printer? I don't have one, but can I buy stamps?
Date Posted: 12/22/2009 1:18 PM ET
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saw questions here about printed postage but I have no printer, so I can't do this unless I can use stamps.

Just found this site and it looks good

Date Posted: 12/22/2009 1:27 PM ET
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No, you don't need a printer!  You can print the address label to Adobe and handwrite the address :)

Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 12/22/2009 1:28 PM ET
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What Rhonda said

Date Posted: 12/22/2009 3:04 PM ET
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Just be aware that any book over 13oz has to be handed to a postal clerk and can't be put in the Blue Box or your mail box with stamps. 

Date Posted: 12/22/2009 3:48 PM ET
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Hi Alice, welcome to PBS!  Your first stop should be the help center--if you hover over the Help Center link above and click on Browse Topics, a page comes up with FAQs for newbies.  It'll help you get off to a good start.

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 12/22/2009 4:10 PM ET
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Plus you have a Tour Guide of your very own.  I know you got an automated message saying welcome.  You can ask them questions or ask all the questions you want right here.  I found when I first joined the people in the forums were terrific about answering my dumb questions - I don't mean your question was dumb but mine sure were.

Also when I first joined I couldn't find the answers to my questions in the Help Center.  Maybe because I wasn't asking the right questions but the people here on the forums sure understood and answered completely.

Now, I'm a TG and try to answer questions whenever I can either on the forums or one on one in the Live Help (LH) center.  You have questions, feel free to PM me..

Date Posted: 12/22/2009 5:33 PM ET
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Welcome to PBS Alice!

Date Posted: 12/22/2009 8:11 PM ET
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Just be aware that any book over 13oz has to be handed to a postal clerk and can't be put in the Blue Box or your mail box with stamps.

Do you mean this regarding stamped packages or all packages?  Because I do this all the time and have never had my mail-woman complain about it.  She will even stop by my door if I leave her a note because a package I am sending is too big to fit in my mailbox.

And what are they going to do with it if you drop it in one of their blue boxes?  Are they going to throw it in the trash or something?  I doubt they would ever do something like that.

 

 

 

Date Posted: 12/22/2009 8:24 PM ET
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They often return them.  All packages that are over 13 oz has to have a record of where it is from.  The APC postage, the printed postage, or a clerk at the PO all count as a record.  Stamps do not.  All packages over 13 oz also have to have a return address.  Putting the address of where it is going does not count.

 

And welcome to Alice.  One of the help pages that I really needed when I was a newbie was the Glossary. 

http://www.paperbackswap.com/help/search.php?terms=glossary



Last Edited on: 12/22/09 8:27 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/22/2009 10:37 PM ET
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Kate, Are you using printable postage?  If so, then you can send packages over 13 oz. without handing it to a postal clerk. 

Date Posted: 12/22/2009 11:01 PM ET
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Do the window clerks actually require I. D. (and keep a log) if you hand them a stamped package, before adding a zero strip? Otherwise, it seems a rather pointless exercise.

Date Posted: 12/22/2009 11:10 PM ET
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APC and printed postage are ok to put in the blue box or mail box over 13oz.  But postage stamps aren't.  It's the law that they have to be able to trace it and has nothing to do with media mail.  Some areas are really strict and people have gotten books that are only 10 or 11oz back for having stamps on them or even 13oz + books back with postage from a postal clerk back. 

I never saw the reasoning behind being able to put stamps on a package and hand it to a postal clerk. I mean someone who is sending a bomb or Antrax through the mail is not likely to say that's what they're doing when they bring it to the clerk.  And how likely is it that a clerk would remember who brought the package to them?  I mean a criminal can just make up a false address, slap some stamps on a box and hand  it to a postal clerk at a PO they don't normally use.  But it's the rule.

Date Posted: 12/23/2009 3:05 AM ET
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Our clerks will not even take them handed to them with stamps.  But I have been able to buy a 1 cent metered stamp and get packages sent that way.

Date Posted: 12/23/2009 10:16 AM ET
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"Our clerks will not even take them handed to them with stamps."

This sounds like another example of a postal clerk (or individual post office) making up the rules as they go.  They are supposed to accept them.



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Sianeka - ,
Date Posted: 12/23/2009 12:41 PM ET
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Welcome Alice to PBS!  Also would like to point out in case you're interested, often times libraries have printers that can be used with library computers to print out a label inexpensively, in case you wanted to utilize PBS Preprinted Postage or wanted to print out your request wrapper.