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Subject: Understanding Delivery Confirmation Payment
Date Posted: 6/30/2009 11:58 PM ET
Member Since: 6/14/2009
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I usually order Deliver Confirmation with my printed wrapper. On the wrapper it says that delivery confirmation costs $0.19.

But I thought I purchase delivery confirmation through PaperBackSwap website and it is fully paid. So, I am confused about it. When I added money to website account I was also charged about $0.50 to support website. That's how I thought they support their service.

Now it appears to me that I am paying for delivery confirmation twice. I just don't understand that.

Also, what will happen if I print delivery confirmation once and then loose it. Go back request another wrapper for the same book and print that confirmation. Am I paying twice from my account for printing the same book wraper twice?

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 8:02 AM ET
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Date Posted: 7/1/2009 9:48 AM ET
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If you reprint the wrapper, there is a note that says "You have previously purchased Postage and Quick Credit for this request. You will NOT be charged again for this request."  You can print as many times as you need to.

The Help Center needs to check their math - 27+19 = 46 not 45.

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 12:21 PM ET
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Also as far as I know the .50 you pay to transfer money into your account goes to pay the fee that PBS had to pay to accept the payment. 

Just an FYI: if you print out a DC without postage and then later decide you want to add the PBS printed postage: it issues a new DC number charges you again for DC. 

But to just reprint the DC label you don't get charged again. 

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 7/2/2009 12:15 PM ET
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If you are sending books pretty frequently, you will save a lot by going to the Kiosk and purchasing PBS Money in a larger amount -- say $20. You'll pay 50 cents one time for adding $20 to your PBS Money, then each time you send a book with DC, 27 cents will be deducted from your PBS Money.

If you're paying the 50 cent transaction fee each time you send a book, that will add up very quickly. 

Angie -
Date Posted: 7/2/2009 3:14 PM ET
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I also just wanted to add that it is still a decent deal to get DC through PBS rather than through the post office. I believe at the post office they charge 80 cents minimum, and your credit won't be guaranteed if the book goes missing, because that's part of what the PBS cost covers.

Date Posted: 7/6/2009 2:09 PM ET
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Thank you guys. It was very useful to read all of the answers.

Date Posted: 7/8/2009 8:12 PM ET
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I just joined yesterday so I'm really new but already have 9 requests. 

Before I mess it all up I hope someone can clarify.  I probably should post a new topic...

After I print the PBS-DC option, the print out to tape onto the envelope for example says:

Suggested Media Mail  Rate : $2.38

Delivery  Confirmation: $0.19


Am I to affix $2.38 in stamps or $2.57?  My understanding is that I already paid for the DC.

I've only put $2.38 in stamps.

Am I doing this right?  I have so many stamps left over from my children's birth annoucements so unless it is more than 13 oz, I've been putting on my on stamps.

Thanks in advance for your help.



Date Posted: 7/8/2009 8:52 PM ET
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You need to pay $2.57.  PBS charges a small fee (.27 I think) for the DC, but the PO also charges .19, which you need to pay with your postage.  It's still cheaper than the .80 the PO charges at the counter.

Date Posted: 7/8/2009 8:55 PM ET
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May, welcome to PBS. According to the help docs, if you use PBS-DC, you have to place $2.57 in postage on the package. The money you paid in PBS money (27 cents) goes towards the fees for providing "CreditAssurance" with PBS-DC, which means if your package is lost you would still get your credit.  

You can choose PBS Delivery Confirmation alone if you like.

  • This will cost 27 cents (the Quick Credit Fee) in PBS Money, and 19 cents in extra postage added to the package.
  • PBS DC gives Quick Credit when USPS scans the barcode and transmits the scan info to PBS.
  • You will need to apply postage to your wrapper if you choose PBS DC alone.

Good luck and congrats on the birth of your children.

Date Posted: 7/8/2009 8:58 PM ET
Member Since: 7/6/2009
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Thank you! 

Opps.  I guess I'll get 5 books back since they are lacking the $0.19. 

I get it now, the fee I pay to PBS is so I am assured the credit when USPS scans it.  Not for the service itself.  If I choose to add my own stamps then I need to pay the total amount.