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Subject: Printing postage
Date Posted: 2/20/2010 12:40 AM ET
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Have a question - have some unpostables, that I offered up for free. They are not listed in my bookshelf. I'd like to be able to use my pbs postage money to print postage and mail out these books. Could someone give me guidance if this is possible, and if so, how? Thanks!

Date Posted: 2/20/2010 1:04 AM ET
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If they are books available in the system, you can just post them to your shelf, click on the book, and use the Mail to a Friend option. If they are Wish Listed books, then you will need to use a different book because those will go into Wish List hold before you can do anything. Many people will use a heavily posted book like an old John Grisham and post that. You'd just need to be able to weigh the package to adjust the weight when you print the label.

Date Posted: 2/20/2010 4:26 AM ET
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Lorraine - I'm assuming you'd like to mail that book with another one? (as it's an unpostable you're offering as freebie with order?)

If that's the case, then you should print the wrapper for the postable book you're sending and then adjust the weight so it includes the unpostable book too. So it let's say your postable book is 7 oz. and you know the unpostable is 6 oz. you should adjust the weight to 13 oz. :)

Date Posted: 2/21/2010 12:13 PM ET
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Thank you for the tips - they are all unpostables. Great suggestion on "listing" a heavily posted book!

Date Posted: 2/23/2010 10:34 AM ET
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I have a question regarding this, too.  Someone ordered 2 books from me and she's also taking 2 others for free.  Three of them are hardcovers, and one is a paperback.  I've removed the 2 giveaways from my Bookshelf, so she will not be "charged" for them and I'm thinking about putting all four in a small box and mailing them together...  If I change the weight of the package that will come up when printing a label, the price will also adjust accordingly?  Thanks in advance for your help.

Another question - I have a book I'd like to mail to a friend.  It's not listed in PBS at all.  Is there a way to print labels with postage from PBS without having that book in the system.  The friend is not a member of PBS, so I'd also have to enter her name/address for the shipping label.  Is this service available in PBS?

Thanks!
~Pam

Date Posted: 2/23/2010 11:58 AM ET
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pam:

1.)  yes, changing the weight on the wrapper will update the price and the label will print accordingly.

2.)  PBS does offer that service, but you will need to post the book to mail it.  as mentioned earlier in this thread (with regards to WL books), you can post a heavily posted book (old john grisham, james patterson, nora roberts, etc are all good choices) and then go to your bookshelf and click on "mail to a friend".  you can print out postage through PBS, but remember to adjust the weight of the book so that you have the correct amount of postage.  :)

Date Posted: 2/23/2010 1:54 PM ET
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Great!  Thanks so much for your swift answer!

Pam

Date Posted: 2/23/2010 5:37 PM ET
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Sorry for the bother again...  I can't seem to find the "Mail to a Friend" option.  I feel real stupid.    Can you help?

Thanks again,

Pam

Date Posted: 2/23/2010 5:39 PM ET
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Never mind...  I found it!

Thanks!

Date Posted: 2/23/2010 5:53 PM ET
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I received a book today that came postage due --  $2.57.   The sender used PBS printed postage and it shows $2.43 for First Class, but the book is a hardcover which is why that postage was not enough to cover the first class postage.  I don't know if maybe when she did the printed postage it was basing the cost on a paperback weight? 

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Date Posted: 2/23/2010 7:01 PM ET
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Dawn, unfortunately not all the listings in PBS have the correct weight associated with them, that is why it is best to confirm the weight before printing the wrapper.  It seems like the hardcover ISBN for this book is incorrectly listed in the system as having a weight under 7 ounces, and that's probably why the wrapper printed a First Class mailer.

If possible, it would be a kindness to other members if you'd submit an edit for that ISBN correcting the weight.  (Or PM me with the ISBN and I will research and submit revision.)