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Subject: Question regarding packing tape/postage
Date Posted: 6/21/2010 12:44 PM ET
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Hi everyone,


I know you can't place packing tape over postage stamps.  I usually print out a mailing label with postage from PBS.  Is it okay to place packing tape right over that label...bar code, postage, etc?


Date Posted: 6/21/2010 12:52 PM ET
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I always do when I print label from pbs. never have gotten any complaints from the p.o. so i guess it is okay

Date Posted: 6/21/2010 1:02 PM ET
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I thought I had read somewhere not to cover the DC bar code- so I usually tape over the number portion of the DC.

Date Posted: 6/21/2010 1:51 PM ET
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I think the issue with the barcodes is if there are ripples in the tape.  But even then they can just input the number by hand.

Date Posted: 6/21/2010 2:19 PM ET
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I cover the whole label in tape, including over the barcode because I use an inkjet printer and if it got wet it would likely cause the barcode to run and not be scannable. I use the heavy packing tape and make sure it's smooth and have never had any issues with it.


Date Posted: 6/21/2010 2:25 PM ET
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This has been a highly debated issue here...but I've always taped over the whole label including the barcode.  Like Cheryl, I make sure that the tape is smooth.  My packages have always been successfully scanned along their routes.

Date Posted: 6/21/2010 2:26 PM ET
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I generally tape over where the postage is going to go, and haven't had any problems. (I use an automated machine at the post office to weigh the envelopes and buy my postage that way. It's open 24/7 and often shows rates a little lower than what PBS estimated!

Date Posted: 6/21/2010 4:14 PM ET
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Yuppers, a controversial topic  smiley

I tape over the entire label (add postage on top of tape) including barcode.  Use very clear tape and no wrinkles over barcode portions.  I  purchase postage at the counter and have watched USPS clerks scan in my PBS barcodes without any problems (none have failed to scan).

Do not tape over postage stamps, APC, or counter postage.

Last Edited on: 6/21/10 4:17 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/21/2010 5:14 PM ET
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Thanks everyone.  I just sent out two books today and taped right over the barcode, but there are no ripples or bubbles in the tape.  Guess I'll see what happens! 

Date Posted: 6/21/2010 6:01 PM ET
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Post offices with old equipment can have trouble reading the bar codes so some say not to tape over that. My clerks say that if you use an inkjet printer you should definitely tape over it because one drop of moisture will make it unscannable. I've never had an issue and never had a book that didn't get at least one scan on the way.

Date Posted: 6/22/2010 2:08 AM ET
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I received one Melanie.  The entire mailing label was blurry from liquid damage, not sure how USPS read enough to deliver to me.  The DC was completely unscannable (numbers unreadable also) and had not been scanned anywhere enroute.  Also, most of this label had been taped over, which says something for how wet the package had been at some point.  But the book was wrapped in plastic and arrived in mint condition!!

Date Posted: 6/22/2010 8:42 AM ET
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I've had several books arrive at their destination without ever being scanned once along the way.  That is frustrating.  I do tape over the entire label, but make sure that there are no ripples or wrinkles.  It's very annoying when there is no scan.


Date Posted: 6/22/2010 1:02 PM ET
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One of the features I really like about PBS is that I can reprint the labels, even with postage and DC.  I will do this when the tape bubbles over the bar code.  (I also have an inkjet.  Just looking at moisture makes the label disappear.)