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Subject: Probably a dumb question, but...
Date Posted: 5/23/2008 3:08 PM ET
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I tried printing my own postage and delivery confirmation from PBS, after the lady at the post office said that it would be much faster to just print my own.  (I mailed out 9 books today and 10 on Monday...:-) )

Can I tape over the barcode with packing tape, or will the scanner not be able to read it?

One would assume that you can...

Kim (Mistry) -
Date Posted: 5/23/2008 3:18 PM ET
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I've always taped over the barcode and never had a problem.  I even checked with the Postmaster and he said it was fine, they can be read through the clear tape.

Date Posted: 5/23/2008 3:22 PM ET
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Thank You

Date Posted: 5/23/2008 4:32 PM ET
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Whenever I print the dc only, I don't tape over the barcode...due to our PO's scanners won't read thru it (even the clear tape you can purchase at the PO) Strange, I know.

If I'm printing postage and DC, I tape over the entire thing.  I've never had a problem with it yet.

Date Posted: 5/23/2008 4:38 PM ET
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I've almost always gotten scans on my packages enroute, and I tape over the bar codes on mine. But I do make sure that I only use one layer over the bar code, just in case.

Date Posted: 5/23/2008 4:38 PM ET
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If the scanners have a problem with it just tape over part of it. That way theres a strip that isnt taped for the scanners to read and a part that is taped (preferably the side with numbers) in case it gets wet or smudged.

Date Posted: 5/23/2008 4:57 PM ET
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I think I read somewhere here that taping over it is fine, but watch out for wrinkles in the paper itself and wrinkles in the tape.

Date Posted: 5/23/2008 6:18 PM ET
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when i first starting using PBS-DC, i thought i read not to tape over the barcode part of it, or at least use only one layer of clear tape - and be careful to get it flat.  so in general, i try not to get any tape on the barcode itself, though i tape over the numbers most of the time.

Date Posted: 5/23/2008 6:30 PM ET
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It is prefered that you do not tape over the entire barcode. The scanners will usually read it anyway but sometimes it will reflect off the tape and have to be typed in. As was already mentioned, wrinkles and smudges also are a problem. I tape over the human readable numbers below the barcode and half or less of the barcode itself.

Date Posted: 5/23/2008 6:44 PM ET
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My post office guy actually told me to tape over the bar codes so they can't be smudged or smeared. With inkjet printers a raindrop could cause it to become unscannable.

Sianeka - ,
Date Posted: 5/24/2008 6:13 PM ET
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I routinely tape over mine with clear packing tape and have never yet had a problem.

Date Posted: 5/24/2008 9:15 PM ET
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Everytime I have taken them to the post office the scanner never reads it with or without tape, They type it in manually.  When I asked they told me not to tape over it, but doesn't seem to matter still needs to be typed in.