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Subject: When do they scan DC? Just wasted money on it!
Date Posted: 10/21/2010 8:17 PM ET
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I purchased Delivery Conf. for the first time this week.  Mailed the package on Tues.  The little postal truck that tells me to view in transit says it's halfway there almost.  When do they usually scan the barcode?  Just before it gets delivered?  or halfway?  Thanks a lot.  I haven't gotten the credits yet but I'm patient, I can wait.  Just curious as this is my first time! :-)



Last Edited on: 10/22/10 4:48 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 10/21/2010 8:20 PM ET
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The postal truck is there for entertainment purposes only -  It does not indicate where the book actually is.  Your book can be scanned at any point along it's way.  My local post office tends to be really scan happy, so mine are usually scanned right away (often multiple times), but it varies widely.  Remember, it is called Delivery Confirmation for a reason.

ETA - to see what's actually going on, click the 'details' button



Last Edited on: 10/21/10 8:21 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/21/2010 8:25 PM ET
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When do they usually scan the barcode?

Sometimes several times along the way. Sometimes never.

Sometimes they get scanned days before delivery. I had one that was scanned as delivered to me, but it didn't get to my door until three days later.

The postal truck means nothing, so don't waste a lot of time watching it.

Date Posted: 10/21/2010 8:25 PM ET
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The only required scan is the delivery scan, so in theory, the package might only be scanned right before the book is delivered. I find that usually they get scanned at the big distribution / sorting centers along the way, but not always.

Date Posted: 10/21/2010 8:38 PM ET
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Thanks!  

Date Posted: 10/21/2010 9:53 PM ET
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Forrest, just as an aside, if you are trying Delivery Confirmation to get your credits faster, consider using Printable Postage on PBS too -- with Printable Postage you get your credit as soon as the book is marked mailed, rather than having to wait on a post office scan.

Date Posted: 10/22/2010 12:58 AM ET
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Forrest, another option is to print PBS DC and buy USPS counter postage.  When done this way, the DC is scanned as part of the postage transaction and my credits are transferred as soon as USPS downloads info for the day (usually after midnight).



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Date Posted: 10/22/2010 11:12 AM ET
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I paid for the DC from here one time. I usually pay for all the postage here, but that time I didtn and the post office wouldnt accept the DC from here so it never showed scanned.

Date Posted: 10/22/2010 12:34 PM ET
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the post office wouldnt accept the DC from here

Kay, there's a help doc called My PO says that I can't use PBS-DC! How can I prove that I can? that has info on how to correct that problem.

Date Posted: 10/22/2010 4:45 PM ET
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Well, I just wasted money by buying DC.  I did not know I had to pay another fee at the post office for them to scan the barcode.  I sent out 4 packages yesterday and today and didn't know this.  I just read the help docs. 

Date Posted: 10/22/2010 5:07 PM ET
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PBS Delivery Confirmation is still cheaper than using the Post Office's DC (yes, you do have to pay $.19 to the post office), plus it includes Credit Assurance.

Date Posted: 10/22/2010 5:12 PM ET
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It's unfortunate, but at least you know for the future.  And as Cattronia said, it is a much better deal than buying through the PO (cheaper & with credit guarantee).

Date Posted: 10/22/2010 5:14 PM ET
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I bought it because it was cheaper.  Unaware had to pay +0.19 to get it scanned.  Yep, now I know for later, LOL!! 

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Date Posted: 10/22/2010 5:21 PM ET
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Unless they actually marked out your barcode, it will very likely get scanned anyway and you will get the credits whenever that happens. If they don't mark out the barcode, and they notice that you didn't pay the 19 cents, then the packages will arrive postage due (they could also return them to you for the additional postage, but that's very unlikely.)

Date Posted: 10/22/2010 6:29 PM ET
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The 19 cents is the (cheaper) electronic rate for Delivery Confirmation. It's not 19 cents so the clerk will scan it.

Buying DC at the post office retail (with the flourescent green labels) costs 80 cents.

If you use PBS-DC, the site and its postage partner is electronically generating the label for you, so you qualify for the eDC rate.  It is 19 cents "extra" that is added to postage. From the Help docs:

With PBS DC, you pay 27 cents (to PBS, from your PBS Money) + 19 cents (in postage on the package) = 46 cents over postage cost.

Buying DC from PBS is still cheaper than from the PO retail, and it comes with credit assurance / possibly quicker if it is scanned en route.

 

 

 

 

Date Posted: 10/22/2010 6:37 PM ET
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I have used PBS DC since joining.  Of the 1100 books I have mailed, only two were not scanned ever.  The Post Office is only obligated to scan the barcode upon delivery, any other scans are gratuitous or extra.  My books often have an acceptance scan, then a delivery scan.  It still gives you your credit faster than nonDC and I like knowing it was delivered.  Of course there is always a few times it will be missed and in my case less than 1% or actually .18%. 

Date Posted: 10/22/2010 10:55 PM ET
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Wow that's  over $500 in DC fees.  I think I'd rather spend that on books. 

Any scans before delivery are bonus scans.  If you need credits quicker it's more economical just to buy some.  If you really feel you need the DC then you get the credit quicker if you have them scan it at the post office.  Don't let them tell you that they can't. 

Date Posted: 10/22/2010 11:56 PM ET
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So far mine's been good at that scanning them at the same time everytime. I never knew that about the delivery trucks on the website. Lol. I just like those for clicking on them to make noise whenever I'm bored. Haha.

Date Posted: 10/24/2010 3:44 PM ET
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A barcode is much more likely to be scanned at larger centers since they can afford the technology that autoscans all pacakges that pass it and dont have to worry about the labor of it so the area distribution center may scan saying it was sent to you but your small local post office may not scan it at all.

Date Posted: 10/24/2010 5:04 PM ET
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You get to know the mail patterns in your area.  Some members find that their packages are regularly scanned at a certain time of day (or night, in my case) at a sorting center within 24 hours of when they're mailed.  Some find that their packages are not scanned by their local USPS service.  They may be scanned later on their voyage, and usually upon delivery.