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Subject: Shipping Tip
Date Posted: 11/23/2009 5:52 PM ET
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I found out today that if you have sold something paid for by PayPal, you can print postage for books by simply generating postage for your "sale" and then changing the ship to address.  The postage is charged to your PayPal account and they automatically include DC for .19.  You can keep using the same "sale" to send subsequent books by clicking on the "send another" link at the bottom of the payment page.  My one "sale" is going to fall off my PayPal page soon since they only hold 90 days of data.  When that happens, I am going to have my daughter buy my PDF from my web page (that's what I "sell").  That will give me another 3 months of being able to print postage from my PayPal account.

I really do wish that the Post Office would allow us to print postage for something other than priority and express.  It would be so much easier on all of us if we could print our postage from the USPS web page.  I would even pay a "fee" to be able to have that convenience.

Date Posted: 11/23/2009 7:20 PM ET
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Here's what you need to do to print postage anytime from Paypal, without having an old eBay or Paypal item or anything.

Go to www.paypal.com/shipnow.  Save that URL!  You can't get to it from any of the Paypal pages, you have to type it in.

It will take you to your login page, then after you log in, you will be able to create a label and choose a service type INCLUDING Media Mail.

Pretty slick, huh?

Date Posted: 11/23/2009 7:33 PM ET
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Bless you....  That's what I have been looking for.  I wasn't looking forward to the hassle of fooling the system every time I wanted to print postage.  I wonder why they hide that "feature"? 

Date Posted: 11/23/2009 10:12 PM ET
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Another way to do it is through PayPal's multi-order shipping tool. To get there simply click the merchant services tab and then chose multi-order shipping under the shipping & tax category.

Date Posted: 11/24/2009 7:47 AM ET
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If you are willing to pay a postage printing fee to the post office why not pay it to PBS instead.  You get convenient printed postage at home adn a credit guarantee and the fee helps pay for the running of PBS.

Date Posted: 11/24/2009 12:22 PM ET
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I'm sorry, but I think paying .43 for printed postage cuts way too far into the cost of shipping a book. 

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 1:22 PM ET
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I use the Paypal option regularly and find it very handy.

I too think .43 is a bit pricey to use the PBS postage, a few of those and you could mail another book

Peg D. (muummom) - ,
Date Posted: 12/1/2009 11:00 PM ET
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Another advantage to Paypal postage is, if something screws up, you have 48 hours to reprint or delete the transaction.

You can print Media Mail, First Class, Flat Rate postage, all of which means you never have to go into a post office.  Everything can be put in a blue box.

 

Date Posted: 12/31/2009 1:23 AM ET
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You can also download the Shipping Assistant from the USPS website to generate mailing labels for all forms of mail (media through express), no fees, you just pay the postage.  Honestly, I generally just print the DC only option from this site.  Yes, it is a little bit more money but it's great piece of mind to know that your credit is guaranteed and a little extra goes toward the site administration fees.

Date Posted: 12/31/2009 4:39 PM ET
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I also don't generally pay a fee to print PBS postage but you said you'd be willing to pay a fee to print it from the post office which wouldn't guarantee your credit.

Date Posted: 1/5/2010 2:44 PM ET
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You can also download the Shipping Assistant from the USPS website to generate mailing labels for all forms of mail (media through express), no fees, you just pay the postage.

Actually, that's not correct.  Media Mail is not an available option when using Shipping Assistant.

Date Posted: 1/5/2010 2:45 PM ET
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I also don't generally pay a fee to print PBS postage but you said you'd be willing to pay a fee to print it from the post office which wouldn't guarantee your credit.

By "fee" I meant a nominal fee, not .43 cents.  To mee that's a little steep for the convenience of immediately getting my credit.

Date Posted: 1/5/2010 8:32 PM ET
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how do you not pay a fee to print postage from  PBS?

what do you think the 43 cents or 45 cents is for? *thats the fee* (I think)

Date Posted: 1/5/2010 8:43 PM ET
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I was answering someone who referenced my first post where I said I would be willing to pay a fee to the PO to print postage from their site.  I wasn't talking about PBS postage.  I don't use theiri postage because .43 seems awfully high of a fee just to get my credit early.  I print my postage (including .19 for DC) from Paypal and they don't charge me any fee.  So that's how I'll continue to pay for my postage. 

Date Posted: 1/15/2010 7:15 PM ET
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 I use printable postage from PBS all the time (or the DC).  It is a little steep to pay the 43 cents, but I like to think that even with the 43 cents it is still cheaper than going to the store and buying a new book, or even driving to the UBS, and it helps the site stay operational. 

Date Posted: 1/16/2010 11:02 PM ET
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I, too, use PBS's printable postage or DC almost all the time.  I like getting instant (or quick) credit, and as Karen said, the money helps support the site. 

Subject: USPS Shipping Assistant
Date Posted: 1/17/2010 5:06 PM ET
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You can print media mail shipping labels using USPS Shipping Assistant. I do it all the time. DC is 19 cents. You have to take the package to the post office to purchase postage unless you have a postage meter.

 

Myra