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Subject: Question about PBS postage and where to drop the book
Date Posted: 8/10/2008 10:15 PM ET
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I've been using PBS DC all along but for the first time today I'm using the PBS postage too. I'm a little confused.

I want to go drop some books in the post office - I actually chickened out earlier - but ... where do I put them? Three are media mail and one is first class and all are under 13 ounces.

Can I put them in the regular mail slot?  In the neighborhood mailbox? I was thinking we weren't allowed to do that and we had to hand them to someone but I read about people leaving them out for their postman to pick up. 

I'm confused. Hopefully someone can help me! Thanks.

Date Posted: 8/10/2008 10:52 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/10/2008 11:41 PM ET
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Julie is right.  If your PO has an APC machine with a larger drop for the machine, feel free to use it!

Date Posted: 8/11/2008 12:19 AM ET
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Thank you for the help ... I think I understand

I don't the post office I use now has a blue box but I remember the other one does. I can go there. And when you say PO drop box, do you mean just the regular slots inside the P.O. where I drop letters and such? 

Date Posted: 8/11/2008 2:38 AM ET
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My post office has a big bin drawer for large packages.  So I'd think that any regular sized PO would.  My substaion PO doesn't.


Subject: Where to mail
Date Posted: 8/13/2008 7:43 PM ET
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I normally drop books in the blue box by the post office.  The other day I had a thick hardback book that didn't fit in the slot, so I had to go to another blue box that had the larger opening.  I COULD have taken it inside the PO, but io was almost late for work and had to wait till after work to go to the other mailbox.If you use the printable postage, you can leave it on your mailbox at home...keep in mind that  you are suppose to be able to do that, but some mail persons will not pick up out going mail, no matter what it is....most will.  It is a mail delivery service..not pick up.....if you want to get technical about it!

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Date Posted: 8/15/2008 9:51 AM ET
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I remember the ad campaign the PO did at Christmas.  I believe they are required to pick up outgoing packages that are left in the mailbox at home.  You might want to check with your local carrier, but I've never had a problem with it.  I either leave my books for my carrier or drop them in a blue box, we have several around my neighborhood in addition to the PO's.  I've never had a problem.

Date Posted: 8/15/2008 5:09 PM ET
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I can only have mail picked up at my house if it contains at least one item of priority mail or higher and I have to schedule a carrier pick up.

I LOVE to print my postage at home and I do the drive by and drop off in the blue box right outside my PO. With 2 little kids it a pain to go inside. We don't have a lot of blue boxes around town anymore. The PO is not the far away and I like to use that one on my way to work because I've had all my packages with DC get scanned there. It is delivery confermation so it does have to be scanned untill delivered but for some reason they do scan all the ones I have dropped in that blue box. I love to track the books I've sent.

Date Posted: 8/15/2008 9:01 PM ET
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Subject: Question about PBS postage and where to drop the book
Date Posted: 9/1/2008 10:53 PM ET
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I was told by my local postal worker that ANY media/book rate had to be taken to the window, not dropped in a blue box or the big package drop at the post office. This makes using the PBS postage not worth it. Has any one else ever heard this or been told this? R
Date Posted: 9/2/2008 9:36 AM ET
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They were misinformed Roseanne. That is not true. Only if it is over 13 ounces and you used stamps as postage. If it is over 13 ounces and you used PBS postage, you can drop it off in any blue box. I leave mine in my mail box for my carrier to pick up.

Date Posted: 9/2/2008 9:38 AM ET
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Having to take Media Mail to the counter sounds like a local post office regulation, they may have a lot of media mail fraud (sending non-media items via media mail) and want to inspect them.  Though why they couldn't just do that in the back room is beyond me.  Certainly isn't required by the several post offices I use regularly in the Boulder CO area.