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Subject: Question about using online postage
Date Posted: 11/28/2007 9:47 AM ET
Member Since: 2/26/2007
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I have never done this before, but recently I've had too many books being lost in the mail. I want to be able to use delivery confirmation all the time.

I don't mind occassionally taking a book to the post office and have them do it all, but our post office is small for the size of the town, and I hate waiting, then making others wait for more than 2 books.

I would like to use online postage, but noticed that I will either be charged 47 cents extra or 28 cents extra. Why the extra cost? I do like that whoever I send the book to can see that I am using DC. Can I go through the usps website, and if so I am going to see the label look different, is this right.

Is there a place on pbs that discusses all this! lol

Date Posted: 11/28/2007 10:13 AM ET
Member Since: 1/14/2007
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Brenda;  Here is the breakdown to printable postage from PBS:

Electronic DC fee $0.18 (This is added to the postage amount and is paid to the USPS)

Amount to site $0.27

Fee to endica $0.16 (This is the actual fee that endica is charging PBS to use their service).

This is a great feature because you get Instant Credit when you click you mailed the book.

If you get DC through USPS, you do not get  "credit assurance"; in other words, if a book is lost, it does not guarantee your credit. Only if you use PBS-DC, you will get that assurance.

IMO: it is certainly worth the extra cents to get instant credit and not worry if a book gets lost, you'll lose the book AND the credit. Also, you support PBS by using PBS-DC!  That's a good enough reason for me!!

Last Edited on: 11/28/07 10:14 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/28/2007 10:19 AM ET
Member Since: 2/6/2006
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Brenda, the USPS website doesn't offer online postage, but paypal does. The label will look basically the same due to USPS regulations. I'll edit a link to the paypal postage page. But I'd like to echo June in advising using PBS postage. The use of the 'quick credit' option assures you your credit should the book go lost!

ETA link: Be sure to bookmark this link because it's really hard to find PayPal postage link

Last Edited on: 11/28/07 10:25 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/28/2007 10:43 AM ET
Member Since: 2/26/2007
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Thank you both, that's great information! I like that having the assurance that if it does go missing, I'll still get my credit! I think  iwill go ahead and do that from now on.