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Subject: question on printing and mailing
Date Posted: 2/20/2008 2:29 PM ET
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i printed a book to ship out and i didn't get to the post office till the next day and they would not accept it because i did not do the same day ?? i have been mailing books for almost 2 months and i have never gone the same i day i print it ? so, i lost 3 bucks in shipping - is it a chance that i just got caught is it really a rule ?? i am confused !

 

Date Posted: 2/20/2008 3:17 PM ET
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Yes, it a regulation that sometimes catches the public un-awares. The exception is dropping your book in a blue box--that gives you a grace period of the next day. And sometimes the local PO will not accept 'stale' dated mail from these either.

I would advise you to take your book back and ask them to put a 'zero meter' strip on it. They'll put the current date on it without adding any postage.

Date Posted: 2/20/2008 3:23 PM ET
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great thanks for the advise -

i personally think they hate seeing us coming : )

but, my thought that is what they are there for and get paid for : )

thanks again !

Date Posted: 2/20/2008 6:53 PM ET
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It used to be a rule that the date had to be correct. If it was not, go home get a refund on that label and print a new one. After enough problems with that mess, we were told to accept them but ask customer to print label with the correct mail date. I usually put a zero label on the them or round date them and show the accepted on the date I get them. Post office watches how long mail takes to get where it is going. If the delivery confirmation shows you sent Monday but you really sent Tuesday or Wednesday makes it appear to take longer for delivery.

I have not printed a label with postage from this site yet so out of curiosity....Can you change the date on the label? Also, can you change the zip code you are mailing from? The default date is the current date and the zip code of your return address. If you drop off your packages at a different post office, they do not get credit for the work.

P.S.  I don't hate anyone coming! I like my job and the more work the merrier in my opinion. My favorite time to work is December!

Date Posted: 2/20/2008 7:57 PM ET
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Yes, Patti, you can change the mailing date on PBS-printed label. You can't change the zip code mailing from, though. And, unless there are some highly unusual circumstances, you can't get a refund for your PBS-printed postage.

Date Posted: 2/20/2008 8:09 PM ET
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thanks for the info -

i reprinted a label and will chalk it up to a lesson learned i guess.

i have a big stack going tomorrow and i feel bad for them : )

please know that i am not disrespecting any postal workers -

i always worry they want to run when they see me coming !

happy reading everyone !

Date Posted: 2/21/2008 1:59 PM ET
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I didn't think you could change the date after it's been printed and paid for though.  I think I tried that once and it wouldn't let me. I accidentally printed postage up un a Sun evening before a Mon holiday.  So they had Sun date on the postage but weren't mailed until Tues. It wouldn't let me change the date. I put them in the Blue Box on Mon and they were delivered with no problem.

Date Posted: 2/21/2008 3:19 PM ET
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No you can't change the date after it's printed--that isn't what I meant. You change the mailing date before you print and pay for the postage--just as you can change the weight of the book and whether it's wrapped or not.

Date Posted: 2/22/2008 6:39 AM ET
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Once I discovered you could change the date, I always wind up picking at least a day ahead. It's very rare that I can actually take my mail to the post office and get it on the day I print it (unless it's a Saturday before noon). I think, from what I've read, that you can mail it before the day that is on the postage. At least, they've never said anything to me, that I can't do it that way.

Date Posted: 2/22/2008 8:29 AM ET
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so where do you change the date at ??

and that is only if you select to pay the postage from the website and for delivery confirmations ?

Date Posted: 2/22/2008 9:59 AM ET
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that is only if you select to pay the postage from the website and for delivery confirmations

That's right, Wendy. When you choose to use PBS printable postage with delivery confirmation, you're able to change the book weight, whether it's just a book or wrapped book and the mailing date. Changing the date and weight are only available on the first printing of the wrapper, though. They're greyed out if you need to reprint the wrapper.

I think you can pick a date up to 3 days in the future--I'll check this when a Wish LIst hold request I have is accepted. And all these options are available when you click on the Print Postage and Delivery Confirmation directly onto the book wrapper option.

edited to correct 'mailing date' option: The option gives you 8 days to choose from--the current date that you're printing the wrapper and a week in the future.



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Date Posted: 2/25/2008 5:42 PM ET
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Wow!  I've always printed my label the day before I put it in my mailbox.  I've never had a problem and I didn't change the date.  Or, is putting in my mail box the same as putting in the blue box.  I really don't see any difference in that and taking it to the P.O.  Guess I had better start changing the date!

Subject: Changing the date for pre paid postage
Date Posted: 3/1/2008 4:50 PM ET
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I have a hard back book that I probablt can mail Monday, but said Wednesday to give my self a little cushion of time.  I almost always remember to change the date, but a few times i didn't  but the books still got though w/o a problem