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I use PBS-DC here for shipping my books, and so I can get the Quick Credit. I physically take all packages in to the post office, have them be scanned and pay for the PO to put postage on it.
Usually, the very next morning I would get my notification of Quick Credit and the DC number would show "Acceptance, Springfield OR" -- etc. etc.
Lately, I have noticed that they are not showing that they have been scanned (or that the info has been received) until it hits the hub in Federal Way, WA, at which point I get my credit -- it can take a few days or more. And, for one that was shipped via First Class I didn't receive my quick credit until it was marked received by the recipient. It never even registered even though I have a receipt showing that same number was physically scanned at the PO.
I asked this morning while I was mailing another book, and they said that with the new rate changes going into effect on May 12th, their computer systems are being changed and we may no longer see the "Acceptance" or along the route kind of stuff for electronic DC. He wasn't sure of the exact changes, but figured that what I am seeing now is the result of it.
If that is the case, what is the point in continuing to buy PBS-DC here if we won't be able to get Quick Credit because of the PO changes? I know, I could pay for the complete postage here, but I just don't want to do that.
Has anyone else had this same thing happen, or heard the same from their PO? I'd like to think it is just an isolated incident and I'll go to a different PO.
I don't know the answer to your specific question, but think I might have some info helpful to you.
I most always use the printable postage now. It costs NO MORE than the PBS-DC. You don't have to go to the Post Office -- can drop into any PO Box, or your individual mailbox. Also, the best part, you get an immediate credit as soon as you mark the book mailed. So it doesn't matter whether the PO EVER scans it, you already have your credit. And I find it saves me a lot of time.
If you become interested, the Help Center (and the Print Wrapper) page, have good info for you. Quick Facts that were the most helpful to me -- make sure the weight shown matches your actual book (approximately), and make sure you pick a "postmark" date that is when you will actually mail the book.
I know this is something you were not interested in doing, but it has a lot of advantages.
Yup - a standard less than one pound media package costs 2.68 to buy postage here where it is 2.13 at the post office w/out DC or 2.31 with it.
However depending how far you live from the post office, the slightly extra charge for PBS postage may still save you gas money!