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Subject: They sent it priority mail!
Date Posted: 7/14/2010 3:57 PM ET
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I just recieved a book that's been on my WL for a long time. They accepted the request 7/10, printed and mailed all on 7/10. Book arrived today and they had used priority mail. While I appreciate getting the book, I feel badly that they used such an expensive method to mail the book.

Date Posted: 7/14/2010 4:00 PM ET
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You can always PM them and let them know that media mail is cheapest and if they aren't using the PBS wrapper with media mail printed on it, they have to tell the postal clerk that's how they want it sent. If they just said the cheapest way, that could be what happened.

Date Posted: 7/14/2010 4:04 PM ET
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That happened to me once as well. I did PM because I didn't want them to be turned off of or priced out of PBS. :-)

Date Posted: 7/14/2010 4:29 PM ET
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I always comment on the excess postage just in case they don't know. I've had some that didn't, one that wanted to reuse the priority envelope, and one that sent his mail from work so he didn't care.

Date Posted: 7/14/2010 7:09 PM ET
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I do not use DC, so if there's been a spate of "hits" on my wishlist, leaving me with fewer than 2 credits, I'd rather pay the first class surcharge than have to buy an "emergency" credit if a media mail book gets delayed for over a week.

Date Posted: 7/14/2010 7:26 PM ET
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Maybe that's what they did, maybe they really wanted the credit.

Date Posted: 7/14/2010 7:36 PM ET
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It would still be cheaper to just buy postage or even just DC from PBS. 

Date Posted: 7/14/2010 7:47 PM ET
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Susan -- was this a particularly large book?

Date Posted: 7/14/2010 8:23 PM ET
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I recently received a small hardcover (book club edition) that the sender spent over $8.00 to send.  I did send her a PM thanking her for the book, but letting her know that she spent over $5.00 too much.

Date Posted: 7/14/2010 10:58 PM ET
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Maybe they sent it on the Company's dime... course I wouldn't know anything about that...

Date Posted: 7/15/2010 9:50 AM ET
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The one time it has happened to me, the other member said they did it on purpose.  Still, particularly if the sender is fairly new, I'd make sure they know about media mail.

Date Posted: 7/15/2010 1:07 PM ET
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Sometimes I will send a book first class if it is just a few ounces over. If it is .50 to .80 difference I will send it first class.  

Date Posted: 7/15/2010 1:17 PM ET
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Date Posted: 7/15/2010 1:42 PM ET
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I had that happen too once. I think I mentioned it in my PM. 

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Date Posted: 7/15/2010 2:07 PM ET
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If they need the credit really quickly, they only need to spend .62 above postage to use PBS Preprinted Postage wrapper, and then they will get Instant Credit as soon as they mark the book as Mailed in the transaction...

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Date Posted: 7/15/2010 3:03 PM ET
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Folks who don't trade all that often - the ones likeliest to be low on credits with a couple of back-to-back WL hits - are more likely to pay the upgrade to FC (Priority) once in a great while than set up PBS printing.

" We had a book that needed to go from CA to NY. It was not a huge book but it was around 9 pounds."

A 9 lb. book seems pretty big to me! The largest book I've sent was 3 lbs. - a reference book well over 1000 pages. Was the book bound in lead or something?

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Date Posted: 7/15/2010 3:21 PM ET
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It wasn't about that big. Basically they spent twice as much as PBS said it would cost if they sent media

Date Posted: 7/15/2010 3:33 PM ET
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John- no it was a photography book with high gloss pages it also have metal studs on the front cover and a metal spine. We joked that is weight as much as a 1 month old baby..LOL

Date Posted: 7/15/2010 4:23 PM ET
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I had a book sent to me once via priority mail that cost like $8 for them to send! And also have had books sent via UPS, not cheap either. These were certainly nothing special from my end, and I did PM them to let them know there were cheaper options. I do send first class quite often, as it's cheaper than media mail for some lighter paperbacks.


Date Posted: 7/16/2010 11:00 AM ET
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If a book was heavy enough to cost over $4 I would probably upgrade to the $4.95 priority flat rate envelope...

Date Posted: 7/17/2010 9:49 AM ET
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I received a book overnighted to me last week.  So strange.

Date Posted: 7/17/2010 5:27 PM ET
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I received a book today with priority postage of $7.50!!!

Don't know why they shipped it this way.

Date Posted: 7/17/2010 8:37 PM ET
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I did that with the first book I sent out.  I was used to sellng on ebay so I used priority.  I learned when I sent the second book blush

Subject: Media mail isn't always cheaper
Date Posted: 7/18/2010 4:57 AM ET
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Right on, Cheryl--- LOTS of small paperbacks are cheaper to send first class/priority than to send media mail!  That's why when you click on "print label" it gives you the multiple options--if the weight of book in the system says it costs less to mail priority, that is the first option that will show up on the "print label" page.

Date Posted: 7/19/2010 9:48 AM ET
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For my post office to pick up at my house I have to mail one package priority mail when I was house bound for awhile after surgery  I mailed one book priority and they would pick all the rest up at media mail rates.