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Subject: Using Stamps.com - got any better suggestions?
Date Posted: 7/16/2008 9:24 PM ET
Member Since: 1/3/2006
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I currently use Stamps. com for printing for my box-o-books and any heavy mail.  It's rather expensive and I didn't know if anyone had any cheaper options?  I've noticed Endicia on some (not directly from Paperback Swap site) and Ebay on others.  Endicia seems cheaper but there are more expensive options.  I can't figure out how to get postage off Ebay (not an Ebay user!)

Looking to save money!  Help - KimB.

Date Posted: 7/16/2008 9:41 PM ET
Member Since: 1/8/2007
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Do you have a PayPal account? You can use their shipping label service free of charge. You are required to purchase DC, just as you are here. But if you already have the account, you just enter the relevant information and print to paper, just like the labels here.

Here's the link to PayPal postage.

Date Posted: 7/16/2008 10:13 PM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2005
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If you don't have a PayPal account, signing up for one is really easy, and getting it attached to your bank account for money is as simple as a phone call. I believe they still call to verify that you are signing your account to it. I may be thinking of something else too, it's been a while since I set mine up.

Date Posted: 7/16/2008 11:01 PM ET
Member Since: 3/20/2006
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I don't think I have used Paypal for PBS books (not that you can't, I just haven't), but I have used it for stuff I have sold on other sites, including (of course) eBay.  It made me a little nervous the first time (which is probably more a reflection on me than the site) but it is easy to use. 

I looked at endicia.com last night and it looked like there is a 9.99 service charge for the cheapest plan, not including postage? 

Date Posted: 7/16/2008 11:02 PM ET
Member Since: 2/10/2008
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Instead of calling, Paypal deposits a few cents into the account and then asks you to enter those numbers on the web site. It is still pretty easy to set up an account. I set mine up ages ago but just added the verified account recently.

Date Posted: 7/17/2008 10:05 AM ET
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Date Posted: 7/17/2008 12:26 PM ET
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I use paypal shipping alot--it is the easiest way for me and if you have a problem printing the label, you can get a refund. (That only happens rarely for me.)

Date Posted: 7/17/2008 12:39 PM ET
Member Since: 3/25/2007
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I use Endicia because I use it for my business and it's already here.  :-)  It costs about 10 bucks a month, 15.95 (I think)  for premium.  The only real advantage of premium is stealth postage and customs forms - neither of which you'd need for PBS, of course.

Oh, and I get a price break on DC.  I'm not 100% sure if that comes with my premium account or if it's become standard.

The only troubles I've ever had with Endicia are label-printer related and, if you're going to print off a regular printer, it's not an issue.  The thermal printers, they hate me.

Date Posted: 7/17/2008 1:05 PM ET
Member Since: 4/12/2005
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Depending on how long you've been using Stamps.com, if you call them to cancel your service (which I did recently) they may offer you the "cheaper plan" which is something like $10 a month. 

I decided to quit using Stamps.com because the $17 a month was just too much to pay for the amount of postage I was using.  I used to have an ebay store for cross stitch supplies but don't anymore and got rid of most of my available books locally to prepare for our recent move.  I was annoyed to say the least to find out that the cheaper plan was still available, they'd gone ahead and upgraded my account and told me that the cheaper plan I had been using didn't exist anymore.  Right then I made the decision to just use paypal, or stand in line at the post office, cause Stamps.com wasn't getting anymore of my money.


Date Posted: 7/17/2008 1:22 PM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2005
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Do watch out for Stamps.com to continue to try to bill you after you stop using them. We stopped, tried several times to get them to quit billing us. Finally included them in our bankruptcy, and now they are trying to bill us again!!! Still claiming we are using them! Man, they just don't let go of you when they have you!

The lawyer said to send them a copy of the bankruptcy discharge papers and a letter reminding them that since the bill was discharged by the courts, continued attempt to collect after being reminded constitutes harrassment and is a fillable suit with the courts. I hope that gets them off of us!

Date Posted: 7/17/2008 1:30 PM ET
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I too use Paypal.  I think it's easy to set up and use.  I don't mind paying the DC fee, but wouldn't want to pay a monthly fee like on Stamps.com.

Date Posted: 7/17/2008 5:15 PM ET
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