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Subject: Shipping on Paypal
Date Posted: 5/19/2009 3:02 PM ET
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Hello! I'm looking for a less expensive way to send books with delivery confirmation, hopefully w/o the fees charged on here. I had heard that you can print postage on Paypal. Are there fees to use delivery confirmation on there? Does anyone know how much their delivery confirmation costs and how to access the Paypal shipping?  I looked on there, and it basically told me how to do it for an Ebay purchase, but not how to bring it up and do other shipping.

Thanks so much for any help you may be able to offer!  :)

Date Posted: 5/19/2009 3:18 PM ET
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To bring it up for other shipping, you go to multiorder shipping and then create new, than do it from there.th its pretty easy. Its a lil cheaper than pbs is, but the person has to mark it recieved to get credit (since its not linked to pbs quick credit or anything) but it is a lil cheaper! and it also has delivery confirmation as well.

Date Posted: 5/19/2009 3:26 PM ET
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Perfect, thanks! I'll check that out! 

Date Posted: 5/19/2009 9:25 PM ET
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Here's the direct link:

https://www.paypal.com/shipnow

Delivery confirmation is an extra 19 cents.  I use it all of the time -  you don't have to worry about the 13 oz. rule and it's cheaper than PBS postage.  Of course, you don't get your credit right away with PayPal shipping, like you do with PBS.

 



Last Edited on: 5/19/09 9:29 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/20/2009 12:24 AM ET
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It is your choice to use paypal or what not but I would like to point out that the small fee that PBS charges for a postage fee is what keeps this site "free".  Plus you run into problems if the book gets lost but your DC shows that it was delivered..........

If you sent the book with DC purchased elsewhere and it has been recorded as delivered by USPS:

  • Contact the requestor from the "lost" transaction in your Transaction Archive.
  • If the requestor does not respond to your PM within a few days, contact us and we will look into it.
  • We cannot grant credit for DC purchased outside PBS, but we can check if this requestor has become inactive.
Date Posted: 5/20/2009 8:50 AM ET
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Thanks for all the help guys!

Date Posted: 5/20/2009 9:00 AM ET
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I do always keep money in my PBS bank and every couple of books I send I'll use it. It was just getting so expensive. When I first signed up I mailed over 40 books in a week using PBS, and that's almost $20 in fees.  I just can't keep that up because $20 would be more than I could afford even if they did start charging to use the site.

Date Posted: 5/20/2009 4:42 PM ET
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I know the feeling, Virginia.  I've never used the PBS postage.  I thought about trying it out, but there was a fee to get money into the system, and then the fees for the postage.  I mean, the fee to get money in the system wouldn't be so bad if you put in more money at a time, then you wouldn't have to do it as often, but why leave money sitting around tied up in the system that I can't use for gas or groceries?  Especially when I don't know when I'll need to use it until someone happens to order something from me?

Don't get me wrong.  I love PBS, and I'm not trying to bite the hand that feeds me (so to speak) by taking fee money away from PBS.  I'd just rather pay a membership fee outright once a year or so, rather than having little fees tacked on all over the place, you know?

Date Posted: 5/21/2009 9:11 AM ET
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Yeah, I hear you Amy. I hate that my money is tied up in there too.  And I really would like to have delivery confirmation just to be safe, I just cannot afford to send all my books through here with it with the fees. I will definitely check out the link you sent. That will also be handy for weekends when you just cannot get  to the post office. Thanks so much for sending that over! For some reason when I searched the page I couldn't find that page with postage, and your link was exactly what I needed!  :)

Date Posted: 5/21/2009 1:53 PM ET
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I use paypal when 1st class is the cheaper choice because It will get where its going pretty quick. I use PBS when shipping media so I can get the credit right away and not have to wait the possible 2-3 weeks.

Date Posted: 5/23/2009 10:40 PM ET
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Any money you spend on DC not through PBS is a waste of money because it won't guarantee your credit.  If I had used DC on eveyr book I've sent out I would have spent close to $200-way more than the cost of a lost book and credit.  So if that's the only reason you are using it then it's not very cost affective.  The upside to using through PBS is that you get your credit if the books goes lost and it does help pay for PBS.  I just chose to pay for a BOB membership I don't use and to give back some credits.  That was cheaper for me in the long run over using the DC. I do use it sometimes when I can't get to the PO and have a larger book to mail, for games where DC is required and if I'm mailing multiple books to someone.

Date Posted: 5/25/2009 9:12 PM ET
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I belong to another book site called Frugal Reader.  I use Paypal for all my shipping to other members (and even shipping that isn't related to book sites).  Confirmation only costs 18 cents, and there is no other fee.  You are right that you don't get instant credit, but if the member doesn't mark your book received in an appropriate amount of time, and a reminder PM doesn't solve the problem, you can post your DC# to customer service and they will mark your book received so you can get the credit.  Both FR and PBS have their own advantages and disadvantages, and I'm not trying to say anything derogatory about either site.  Just wanted to pass the info about Paypal along.  Oh, another good thing about Paypal.  You can set it up so that postage is automatically deducted from your bank at the time you use it -- or you can transfer funds from your bank to sit in your Paypal account and just draw from that when you require postage.  Whether Paypal or PBS printed postage, I love the fact that you can just pop the package into your own mailbox or a big blue PO box, and don't have to go inside the PO.  If you use stamps and the package is over 13 oz., you can't do that.



Last Edited on: 5/25/09 9:24 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 5/26/2009 11:00 AM ET
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Wow, thanks for all the great info everyone. I wasn't aware that you could email customer service on PBS with the DC from Paypal and they would still give you your credit. I guess there are benefits of both, but it's great having Paypal as a good second option.

Date Posted: 5/26/2009 6:09 PM ET
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You are right that you don't get instant credit, but if the member doesn't mark your book received in an appropriate amount of time, and a reminder PM doesn't solve the problem, you can post your DC# to customer service and they will mark your book received so you can get the credit.

Are you talking about PBS or frugal reader?

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Date Posted: 5/26/2009 10:53 PM ET
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I don't think they would do that with PBS.  The book being scanned by the post office as delivered doesn't mean it was delivered to the right house. I have a book in my TA that shows scanned delivered on Jan 8th.  I Have yet to see this book.  I don't know where they delivered it but it wasn't to my house. The sender used PBS DC so they got their credit when it went lost. But I would not have been happy if they had used DC from somewhere else and marked it received for me based on that.



Last Edited on: 5/26/09 10:54 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/27/2009 8:56 PM ET
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Mary, my thoughts exactly.
Date Posted: 7/7/2009 2:59 AM ET
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Thank you so much for the link, Amy.

I had tried via the USPS site and asked at the PO about purchasing Media Mail online but hadn't found a way to do it.  So far I had isited my local USPS office but I'm going to try the paypal option. 

I'm new (2wks) to PBS and have already shipped over 50% of the books I posted.  Just waiting for them to be marked as 'recieved'.