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Subject: Printing postage?
Date Posted: 9/28/2009 9:05 AM ET
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I was just wondering how many of you print the postage?  Is it worth it if you don't send out many books per week/month?  How does one go about setting that up? 

Date Posted: 9/28/2009 9:23 AM ET
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This link will provide you with all the information for using printable postage -   Printable Postage FAQs

Warning:  make sure you have a scale and weigh the book and verify the online weight is accurate or you may print too much or too little postage.  Also make sure you change the date you plan on mailing the date. 

I use it when hurry or I can't make it to the post office.  I use Delivery Confirmation on almost every book I send - then I bring the book to the PO for postage and then it will be scanned.  I guess it is just proof that it made it to my PO.  This is my preference.

Good Luck!

 

Date Posted: 9/28/2009 9:31 AM ET
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When you used deliver confirmation and a it shows that a book was received but it was marked by the recipient how do you go about getting your credit?  Has anyone ran into that problem?

Date Posted: 9/28/2009 9:50 AM ET
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When you use DC only you need to bring it to the PO for postage (unless you use one of the machines) and they will scan the barcode so they can add the 19cents to the postage.  Once the PO uploads the scan to PBS you should receive your credit (quick credit).

I always marked the books mailed when I got home or that night and received my credits instantly.  However, in another post it seems that the help docs indicates that the quick credit will not be given if the book is not marked mailed when the scan is uploaded.   You will need to wait until the next scan or when the book is marked received.  I have been looking into this to verify that this information is still accurate.  The next book I mail I am going to wait to mark it mailed just to test, but I would mark your book mailed just before you leave for the PO to be safe.   If you use printable postage the credit is immediate. 

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Date Posted: 9/28/2009 11:05 AM ET
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When you used deliver confirmation and a it shows that a book was received but it was marked by the recipient how do you go about getting your credit?  Has anyone ran into that problem?

 

If you use the DC that you purchase here, you don't have to worry about whether or not the requestor ever marks the book received. You get your credit when the USPS scans the book.

If you purchase DC elsewhere, then you don't get a guaranteed credit. If USPS says the requestor got the book, and she hasn't answered your PM after a week, then you can ask the PBS Team to investigate the situation for you, but you have to wait for the system action date (on the transaction it says "Please do not contact us before this date".)

Date Posted: 9/28/2009 11:29 AM ET
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I think using the DC/printed postage just for the credit guarantee is a waste of money.  The cost for PBS/DC on 10 books would be almost $10.  You could buy a book or 3 credits for that (4 if you bargain shopped in the BB).  I figured it out one time and if I'd used it on every book I've sent it would have been way over $100. 

But it's awesome if you don't have time to go to the PO.  When I ran a full daycare I used the PBS postage on anything over 13oz and just used the drive up blue box. 

I still us it occassionally if I don't have time to go to the PO and just have 1 or 2 books to mail. 

So it's up to you:  if you are going ot the PO anyway and just using the DC for a credit guarantee-you will eventually spend more on the DC fee than what a lost book or credit would cost you.   But if you really hate going to the PO or have to struggle to find the time-then using the printed postage for the convenience is worth the cost. 

Date Posted: 9/28/2009 11:40 AM ET
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I use printable postage as tend to mail in blue boxes.  It's worked out beautifully, so far.  If I know I will have time to goto the PO, I don't use it.

Subject: Printable postage
Date Posted: 9/28/2009 6:24 PM ET
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I also use it and like it aot.  I just drop it off in the blue box on my way to work. Very occasionally I will have a need to go into the post office, but very rarely.  I like it for the convience.

Date Posted: 9/28/2009 11:18 PM ET
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Using PBS printable postage, the credit should be immediate upon printing shipping label marking book mailed

PBS DC with stamps or PO postage, receives credit when USPS uploads the information - usually a few hours after the first scan (be sure to mark mailed asap)

Any other method requires waiting until the book is marked received
 



Last Edited on: 9/29/09 1:28 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/28/2009 11:37 PM ET
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Denise, the PBS printable postage credit actually doesn't happen until you mark the book mailed, not when you print the label.

I use it exclusively now, but not for the credit assurance, it's for the convenience. I can only get to the PO one day a week but using printable postage I can print, wrap and drop in the blue box in front of my work, even if it's a hardcover or large trade paperback over 13 oz--which, if you use stamps, you have to bring to a post office. I also do it to support PBS, as the extra fee you pay goes to the site to offset the costs of running the place.

Cheryl

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Date Posted: 9/29/2009 12:00 AM ET
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Since I also sell books online (not my PaperbackSwap books!), I use paypal postage for all my books.  I do have to pay the 19c for DC, but to me, it's worth not having to go to the post office.  I print the postage, then either put it in the mailbox or drop it in the blue box on my way to work.  No mess, no fuss.  No lines or dealing with Post Office people.   www.paypal.com/shipnow

Date Posted: 9/29/2009 1:31 AM ET
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Thanks Cheryl!

Peg - does Paypal work with PBS for the automatic credit transfers, or do you wait for the book to be marked received?  I receive a number of books mailed with Paypal or e-bay postage.  My post office has short lines and nice, knowledgable peeps.

Date Posted: 9/29/2009 1:54 AM ET
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 I print postage and I love it. Not only does it insure my credit from going lost, it SAVES me so much money trying to get to the post office and it saves me TIME. Time is money after all they say. Add to all this the fact that I like supporting PBS and I am grateful for all they do for us the fees are so very worth every little penny.

Date Posted: 9/29/2009 7:10 AM ET
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You only get a credit guarantee when you buy postage/dc through PBS.  So if you get it through Paypal it won't guarantee your credit. 
But Paypal only charges the .19 DC that the post office requires. It does not charge a printed postage fee. So if you are more concerned about the convenience of printed postage and not the guarantee-using Paypal will save you the servive fee.  The fee does help support PBS though.  (I choose to support PBS by donating credits back and paying for a BOB membership I hardly use)