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Subject: Why is PBS billing 16 oz postage at $2.47 vs $2.13
Date Posted: 1/3/2008 1:18 PM ET
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Why is PBS billing 16 oz postage at $2.47 vs $2.13?
Date Posted: 1/3/2008 1:35 PM ET
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From the PBS Help Center:

  • Our database is compiled elsewhere, and it includes some inaccuracies, including the weight of some books.
  • The weight of a book as recorded in the PBS database determines the "recommended postage" that appears on the PBS wrapper.
  • If the book itself weighs close to the "pound" mark (very close to 1 lb or very close to 2 lbs, for example), the Wrapping materials can actually put the wrapped book into the next higher postal rate. 
  • You can see the estimated weight on the Wrapper Settings page that comes up when you click Print Wrapper on the request.
    • You can adjust the weight there and the postage that will print out on the wrapper will change accordingly.
    • This will not change the weight of the book in the database; it will change the weight of your shipment.


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Date Posted: 1/3/2008 1:56 PM ET
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PBS, does not bump the rate for packaging, you are supposed to include that in the number entered (it says package weight). All of the rates are for Weight Not Over X lbs so $2.13 is UP TO 1lb, $2.47 will kick in at 1.01lb.



Last Edited on: 1/3/08 1:57 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/3/2008 2:10 PM ET
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I just printed out a label for a book, and it kept calculating for First Class, even though I changed the weight due to a second book being added to the package.  This one goes to the PO.

Date Posted: 1/3/2008 5:46 PM ET
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Bonnie anything up to 7oz will get a FC wrapper.

Date Posted: 1/3/2008 7:20 PM ET
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I noticed the First class thing the other day on a book.  It changed it to first class even though it was 2 cents more.



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Date Posted: 1/3/2008 8:24 PM ET
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Chris, will it stay first class, even though I changed the weight to 1 lb 6 oz? 

Date Posted: 1/3/2008 8:28 PM ET
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Are you sure you put the 1 in the lb feild. I ask cause I have left it out before (a couple times)

The two cent difference is done cause for two cents more your sending the book sometimes twice as fast.

Date Posted: 1/4/2008 4:54 PM ET
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I'd pay the two cents more to send First-Class - will get there quicker  as First -Class is not supposed to get put aside during heavy mailing periods,  and avoids any possible delays that might happen when sending media mail due to inspections. 

Date Posted: 1/4/2008 9:57 PM ET
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It'll usually choose first class if it's 2:15 over the 2:13 media mail. 

Date Posted: 1/5/2008 10:25 PM ET
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I was having the same issue I KNEW the weight listed for the book was wrong and wanted the Media Mail label not First Class but the system kept resetting it for First Class didn't matter what I tried.  I ended up sending the book first class for another $.19.  I emailed the PBS Team and they responded looking for specifics I don't know if they ever figured out what the problem was.