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Subject: printing postage and envelopes
Date Posted: 3/29/2009 8:41 PM ET
Member Since: 3/21/2009
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Because I had a bunch of unused bubble envelopes, when I joined a few weeks ago, I thought I would use them up instead of using pbs postage wrappers.  Well...five books that I've sent out...have yet to reach their destination...and I'm out credits so I think it maybe more beneficial for me to use pbs postage w/ dc so I can have instant credit...i have a ton of books on my lists!!!  :}  

nyway....my question is:

Can I tape the postage paid wrapper to the front of bubble envelopes...or should I just face my fears and wrap the darn book already?

jacque...Thx so much!

Date Posted: 3/29/2009 8:43 PM ET
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I do that all the time. Just select the 1 page label option.

Date Posted: 3/29/2009 8:44 PM ET
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The 3rd label option is for taping onto other packaging like bubble envelopes. It prints the label on the top half and the info to insert with the book on the bottom. Just cut that part off and insert, then tape the mailing label to your envelope and you are good to go.

Daniel T. - ,
Date Posted: 3/29/2009 9:08 PM ET
Member Since: 10/22/2008
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I use self adhesive Avery 8126 or office store generic half sheet labels with option 3 Melanie mentioned above. I also purchase PBS Printable Postage. To avoid printing on the second label, I've set up a printer profile to print only the shipping label area of the PDF. The profile is also set to greyscale in order to reduce use of yellow ink for the logo and to automatically switch from cassette feed to top feed.

Date Posted: 3/29/2009 9:49 PM ET
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Be sure to check the date for the postmark.  It prints the date you're printing unless you change it, so if you aren't mailing today - change it to another day!


Date Posted: 3/29/2009 9:53 PM ET
Member Since: 6/26/2007
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I love printable postage. I reuse lot of bubble wrappers I get from other members. I just tape the label on . I love it when I can see the person who had the wrapper before me reused it also.

If I don't have a envelope to put my books in and I have to use the PBS wrapper, I still use a plastic bag to wrap the book in first (often recycled bags from work or the newspaper delivery). Lots of rain or snow the books may have to travel in.

Date Posted: 3/30/2009 4:51 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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I do it all the time, use label #3 (DC & postage optional) and tape it to the bubble mailer. My climate is wet, so I use plastic inner wrap and use a very clear packing tape over the mailing label.  Works good!

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 3/30/2009 7:35 PM ET
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That's what I do, lavel #3 and either reuse an envelope or I have some envelopes left over from another project.  I wrap the bottom part of the label with the book in plastic, tape the label to the envelope - off it goes.

Date Posted: 3/31/2009 3:10 PM ET
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I use the Avery labels for this - bubble mailers, boxes, or wrapped bundles.  You can get them at an office supply store and somebody posted a thread in this forum recently on how to make the most efficient use of them, because they come two labels to a sheet, and there are printer settings etc. that you can use to keep from wasting the second label on the packaging instructions or PBS logo that wants to print across a full sheet.  If you print on regular paper and tape it on, I use cardstock and cut it down to just the shipping label with a paper cutter.  It's just more durable than a label printed on regular all purpose paper, because you really shouldn't put tape over the barcodes.  That can sometimes cause the USPS to be unable to scan them - especially if it gets creases or air bubbles under it.  With cardstock, you can tape all around the barcode without covering it, and it doesn't tear or get too warped to scan as easily as printer paper.