Discussion Forums - Questions about PaperBackSwap Questions about PaperBackSwap

Topic: Stamps.com?

Club rule - Please, if you cannot be courteous and respectful, do not post in this forum.
  Unlock Forum posting with Annual Membership.
Subject: Stamps.com?
Date Posted: 1/12/2010 9:56 AM ET
Member Since: 10/6/2009
Posts: 477
Back To Top

Does anyone use Stamps.com and if so, what are the pros and cons? And is that allowed?

Date Posted: 1/12/2010 12:27 PM ET
Member Since: 7/23/2006
Posts: 15,930
Back To Top

I don't because there's a monthly fee, I believe.  I can use Paypal for free (just paying postage plus the $.19 for DC) or use PBS postage.

Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 1/12/2010 12:28 PM ET
Member Since: 11/2/2007
Posts: 2,625
Back To Top

I guess it's allowed - how would PBS stop it?

I don't know what the legal rules are - you might have to take your package to the post office to mail it (if it's stamped mail and weighs over 13 ounces).

Date Posted: 1/12/2010 1:19 PM ET
Member Since: 1/8/2009
Posts: 2,016
Back To Top

There's a $15.99 monthly fee. You don't have to take it to the PO to mail because like PBS and other online postage, it's traceable and the 13oz rule does not apply.

I received a book from here with stamps.com postage. You can choose a logo by your name (like those return address labels advertised in the coupon section). 

Probably more user friendly than the paypal service, which is free.

All online postage requires the purchase of 0.19 eDC.

Date Posted: 1/12/2010 3:19 PM ET
Member Since: 12/9/2007
Posts: 9,601
Back To Top

I haven't found anything as user-unfriendly as PayPal.  It's hard to find (if you don't use it very often) and difficult to figure out.  I'll stick with PBS postage since it is very user-friendly and even though it costs...it really saves in aggravation as well as helps out PBS and proves that I at least bought the postage if it never gets checked in by the USPS.  That's happened some recently.  Both incoming and out-going.


Date Posted: 1/12/2010 3:20 PM ET
Member Since: 6/13/2009
Posts: 433
Back To Top

I used it for a month trial but stopped then as the monthly fee cost more than it saved for me.  During the month, I had a few problems with printing the 'stamps' and had to request a refund.  Getting  a refund is cumbersome, you have to print off a form, complete it and show evidence of the reason you want a refund.  Then mail it off and wait 4-6 weeks for a refund check.  When I closed the account at the end of the month, I hadn't recieved my refund and had to argue to get it refunded. 

Also, couldn't get DC with all mail class types and I think Media mail was onw of them.


Unless you do a lot of mailing it may not be worth it. 

I use Paypal or USPS.com to print postage - no monthly fee, no printing problems and easier to get a refund if you do mess up.

Date Posted: 1/12/2010 3:29 PM ET
Member Since: 6/15/2006
Posts: 5,751
Back To Top

I looked at it but the cost is way too high. I can use the PBS postage for far less or Paypal for free!!!

Date Posted: 1/12/2010 3:57 PM ET
Member Since: 10/28/2008
Posts: 3,529
Back To Top

dumb question but how do you use pay pal to print postage????  

Date Posted: 1/12/2010 4:26 PM ET
Member Since: 11/5/2009
Posts: 1,083
Back To Top

dumb question but how do you use pay pal to print postage????

If you have a PayPal account go to:


For me this is the only way to print postage for this site.  It doesn't cost anything (other than the mandatory DC which costs .19 and is well worth having), and I don't have to go to the post office unless a box is too big to fit in the outside drop box.  Even then I don't have to wait in line, I just run in and put it into their huge drop box.  When I send a book, I always send the recipient the tracking number.  They really like that.  They feel like you are taking good care of them.

Last Edited on: 1/12/10 4:29 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/12/2010 6:12 PM ET
Member Since: 10/28/2008
Posts: 3,529
Back To Top

Thanks Kate will try it the next time