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Subject: Using stamps to mail out packages
Date Posted: 12/10/2009 3:27 PM ET
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Today I shipped out a book for PBS and decided to use stamps for the package.  It came out to (with delivery confirmation) around 2.20.  So I decided to use stamps because the line got soooo long at the PO.  I was wondering if anyone else uses stamps to mail out their packages for PBS and also wondering if it's cheaper to do it that way.


Date Posted: 12/10/2009 5:57 PM ET
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The price should be the same, assuming you have stamps that will make up the exact amount due.

Date Posted: 12/10/2009 7:08 PM ET
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It's only cheaper if you don't put extra postage on or use the printed postage.  But the stamps don't cost anymore than postage from the counter.  If you are printing DC out from PBS you are paying a fee to do that.  But DC through PBS is cheaper than through the PO and buying DC from anywhere but PBS does not guarantee your credit. Also books over 13oz can't be mailed with stamps unless you hand it to a clerk. 

I keep a variety of stamps on hand.  If I have just one small book to mail then I just use them and stick it my mail box.

Date Posted: 12/11/2009 2:15 AM ET
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Shouldn't be a price difference, but may save you time at the counter this time of year :-)

Date Posted: 12/11/2009 3:34 AM ET
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Sometimes the weight in the PBS system is wrong, so if you are not taking your books to the counter, make sure you are weighing them after they are packaged, either at home or you can use the APC if you PO has one.

Date Posted: 12/11/2009 9:43 AM ET
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I also mail a lot of envelopes of postcards, since I collect and trade postcards with other collectors.  About 99% of the postcard collectors I know either also collect stamps, trade used stamps for postcards from stamp collectors, or have family / friends who collect stamps, so I buy a good mix of stamps at 


once or twice a year ($1 shipping and handling, regardless of order size).  I keep my stamps in a coupon sorter and take the sorter to the post office.  The clerks there know that I just want my envelopes weighed, and that I will add my own postage.  As soon as I find a cheap postage scale, I'll start weighing my own. 

Personally, I'd love it if PBS senders used stamps instead of the ugly bar code things from the post office!

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Date Posted: 3/14/2010 8:55 PM ET
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I use real stamps on almost all of my books -- they're old ones I bought off ebay in odd lots so you'll get many different stamps if you get a package from me!

Date Posted: 3/15/2010 3:42 PM ET
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how much did your book weigh if its over 13 oz you have to give to a postal clerk if you are using stamops

else it will be returned to you (in most cases)

Subject: Using stamps to mail packages
Date Posted: 3/15/2010 4:00 PM ET
Member Since: 12/9/2006
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I always use stamps for all my books, even those over 13oz. Those I take to the litle contract PO very close to me and they hand cancel the stamps. I, also, have found that many of the books that arrive with PBS prepaid postage havehad more postagethan was needed. Two years ago my daughter asked me what I wanted for Christmas and I aked for a postal scale! It has been great, and saved me postage! I highly recommend that all who send many books get one! I either order my stamps on line or buy them when I go to the little PO.

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Subject: Using stamps to mail packages
Date Posted: 3/15/2010 4:00 PM ET
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Ooops! I didn't mean to enter this twice! I also didn't know how ro delete the whole thing. This infernal machine and I are still learning each other's quirks!

Last Edited on: 3/15/10 4:10 PM ET - Total times edited: 2