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Subject: Sending 2 books to same person
Date Posted: 4/7/2010 5:15 PM ET
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Request to send 2 books to same person. One paperback is thick, so I'm sending 2 separate mailings.  Question--I just printed 2 copies of mailer (with postage,one for each book.   Can I do this? Or does there need to be 2 separate USPC delivery confirm numbers printed on the side?

I got confused reading the mailer instructions and don't have much ink left right now but want to get these mailed.

Date Posted: 4/7/2010 5:17 PM ET
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You aren't supposed to use the same delivery confirmation number twice.  Are the numbers the same?

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 4/7/2010 5:20 PM ET
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Try to find a way to wrap the two books together. It is always cheaper to send one package than two.

If you really need to send two packages, you should split the order so you can print two different wrappers. I don't have a bulk order to look at now, but there should be a button somewhere in the box that lets you split them.

Date Posted: 4/7/2010 5:21 PM ET
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If the numbers are the same, you can only use one. It's in your best interest to package them together to save postage...

Date Posted: 4/7/2010 5:24 PM ET
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I used the bulk mailer print, it came out at $2.57 postage.  I know both books would cost more, so I just printed it twice then realized I prob couldn't use the same number.

One is already wrapped, so I'll have to go back and try to do reprint for just the other book. I knew I shouldn't have tried to do this with chemo brain--I just finished up 2 hours of chemo and it effects my thinking!

Date Posted: 4/7/2010 5:28 PM ET
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 I don't think you can seperate the books once you have printed the wrapper.  I would just unwrap the first book, wrap them together and use the extra bulk wrapper.  Use a cereal box and stuff the extra space with a few blown up baggies, or one of those handy air bubbles from amazon shipments :)

Date Posted: 4/7/2010 5:29 PM ET
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You'll save at least $2 if you wrap them up together.  Just use something besides the PBS wrapper. I usually keep any bubble mailers and large envelopes I get (just don't reuse a Priority mailer).  I've even sent books in a cereal or other pantry food item box.  Just don't use anything that had food right in the box but something where the food was bagged. I've recevied books wrapped in wrapping paper, old maps.  I've also used my daughter's old fingerpaint paper. 

Just make sure you tape it up well.

Date Posted: 4/7/2010 5:30 PM ET
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But how can it only cost $2.57 to mail these 2 together?  One book alone costs that much with postage printed.  I can't find a way to do a separate mailer just for the other book.  Gahhh..

Date Posted: 4/7/2010 5:31 PM ET
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If you do end up sending them seperately-you'll have to come up with some other kind of postage.  I would also PM the person and let them know you sent them seperately or htey might be wondering what's goign on when the package comes from you and only has one book.  Because one could go fast and the other could take a tour of the US. 

Date Posted: 4/7/2010 5:35 PM ET
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Mary is right, it would be nice to PM the receiever if you do send them seperately, there is a very good chance that they will not arrive at the same time!  Save them the worry!  I'm sure they will appreciate the heads up.  Good luck!

Date Posted: 4/7/2010 5:48 PM ET
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But how can it only cost $2.57 to mail these 2 together?

Media Mail is by the pound. The first pound costs $2.38, but the next pound costs only an additional 39 cents ($2.77 total). The 3rd pound also costs an additional 39 cents ($3.16 total)

Your postage cost (2.57) means that the system thinks that the postage cost was $2.38 plus the 19 cents for DC, making $2.57.

It is way, way cheaper to mail books together in the same package whenever possible. The most expedient thing to do at this point might be to wrap the books together in one package, use the wrapper you already printed, and add stamps (if necessary) to make up the postage to that 2nd pound.

Sometimes with 2 paperbacks, you will still make it under the first pound of weight, so your single wrapper may be suffient postage for both books. If you have a scale, you could weigh the package. If you don't. you could just put a regular stamp on the package (to be safe) and that would add enough to get to the 2 pound postage rate.

And, best wishes on your chemo. I remember chemo brain ... sometimes it seems like it lasts forever. :)



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Date Posted: 4/7/2010 7:38 PM ET
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But how can it only cost $2.57 to mail these 2 together?  One book alone costs that much with postage printed.  I can't find a way to do a separate mailer just for the other book.  Gahhh..

When the system prints a bulk wrapper, it has included postage for both books in one package so that 2.57 should be for both books together plus about 0.6oz of packaging. Yes, sending 1 paperback often costs the same as two.

Once you've printed that bulk label, the system isn't going to let you separate them because that DC is tied to both books. You cannot use the same label with the same DC on both because the postage can only be used once.  It will be best to find a way to get them wrapped together and still be under 1 pound.



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Date Posted: 4/8/2010 4:56 AM ET
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I PM'd the person and told her I'm mailng them together in a small  box and she said fine. I'll take to post office today to make sure enough postage is on package.


Thanks for all your help, it's much appreciated. Still learning here!

Date Posted: 4/8/2010 8:23 AM ET
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Just an FYI: if you are going to be regularly using the PBS postage-you should have a little scale to weigh books. The PBS weight isn't always correct and how you package a book can also affect the postage. If I'm using the printed postage, I weigh the book with whatever I'm going to wrap it in-I just don't seal it up until I have the invoice.   Then adjust the weight before I print.   Also if you misprint the postage you can add stamps to the package to make up the difference.  Like if you forget to add the weight of a freebie or think the packaging is going to put it over.  Just don't put the stamps over any of the printed label parts.