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Topic: Question about APO address, DC, and Quick credit...........

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Subject: Question about APO address, DC, and Quick credit...........
Date Posted: 5/17/2008 8:51 AM ET
Member Since: 7/19/2007
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I always use DC and printable postage for the ease of throwing the books in my own mailbox and very rarely go to the PO to mail books.  About a week ago I had to mail to my 1st APO address so I had to go to the PO to get a customs form.  I printed out DC on my wrapper from PBS and let the PO put postage on it.  I also took a few others at the same time that already had postage printed on them.  I thought that whenever you used DC from PBS you always received Quick Credit when you marked the book mailed.  The book that I allowed the PO to put postage on did not give me credit.  When I click for details under my Books I Mailed tab, it just says something to the effect of information received, like it was not scanned yet but I didn't think that mattered when you printed DC from PBS.  Is this because it's an APO address?  Is it because the PO put postage on it rather than me printing postage?  Or a glitch in the system?  I can't figure this one out!

Same situation, I was told by the post office that I didn't need a customs form for Media Mail if it was under 1 lb so I didn't get one.  Can anyone verify this?  He looked something up on his computer.

Date Posted: 5/17/2008 9:16 AM ET
Member Since: 7/29/2005
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you only get the instant credit when you use printable postage.  When you use just the DC you get the credit when the po scans the item.  This is for all items mailed not just APO. 

As for the customs form, I have no idea. 

Date Posted: 5/17/2008 7:52 PM ET
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I think if it is under a pound, it doesn't need one unless it contains something of value, i.e. a book.  The post office makes the assumption that anything over a pound is valuable.  I wouldn't worry too much about it.

Date Posted: 5/18/2008 11:40 PM ET
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PBS Postage = Instant Credit (received at the time of marking it mailed)

PBS DC only = Quick Credit (received when the book is scanned by the USPS system)

Date Posted: 5/19/2008 4:06 PM ET
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Thanks!  That cleared it up!  I did just yesterday receive my credit when the PO finally scanned it.