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Subject: Question about mailing numerous books
Date Posted: 6/6/2008 1:27 PM ET
Member Since: 5/22/2008
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Ok, I just did a 2 for 1 offer on some kids' books on my shelf.  So, someone wants 6 of the books and I am mailing her 6 more.  All the books are pretty much the same...Clifford, paperback books.  Is there a way to add the other six books to her order so PBS can figure out the exact amount for shipping?  I don't have a scale.  The other thing I was thinking is just doubling the weight, but that kind of makes me nervous.  Any suggestions on how to get the correct weight so I print out the correct postage?


Date Posted: 6/6/2008 1:42 PM ET
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I don't think there is a way to get all the ordered ones on one label. The best thing might be to wrap them up and go to the post office.  You can print just one label. For the others you can just access the address and them mark them all as mailed. 

Or you can grab a cheap kitchen scale from Walmart (or somewhere) to check the weight and use the printed postage.  A cheap scale is worth the investment because the PBS weight is not always right. 

Also you could try this: weigh yourself. Then weigh yourself again holding the wrapped box.  Just a thought. You can adjust the weight on the label to include the extra books and use the printed postage.  So I suppose you could look each one up on PBS and add all those weights together.  But like I said: the PBS weight is not always accurate.

Last Edited on: 6/6/08 1:43 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/6/2008 1:48 PM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2008
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You could also try to edit the books. When you edit the book data (the links at the bottom of the page), it gives you all of the current details including weight. You'll have to add the weights together yourself, but if you have nothing else, it should work.

Date Posted: 6/6/2008 2:06 PM ET
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Oh, wow, I didn't know about the "edit book" button!  This site just keeps getting cooler and cooler!  Thanks for the info......

Date Posted: 6/6/2008 2:33 PM ET
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Frankly, I don't ever trust what PBS says for the weight.  I either weigh packages myself- got a cheap digital scale at Target that weighs up to 2 pounds in ounces and grams- or I take them into the PO and have it weighed there.  The weight is off way too often for me to trust what PBS has in the system.  Besides that, I usually use DC if I am sending multiple books, and I have to go in to the PO anyway to have it scanned, so might as well let them weigh it accurately.