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Subject: wrong weight
Date Posted: 12/7/2016 4:12 PM ET
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went to package a heavy PB requested from me and had to laugh.......label says book weighs 15 pounds so the cost via media mail would be almost $10!

Who do I notify for an edit?  TPTB or some volunteer?  Actual mailing cost was $3.09

Date Posted: 12/7/2016 4:20 PM ET
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Hi Jeanne,

You can edit the weight yourself by going HERE and typing in the ISBN number.

Date Posted: 12/8/2016 11:18 AM ET
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weird, when I went to window Mary suggested the book shows as the correct weight, not the 15 pounds that appeared on the label.

Date Posted: 12/8/2016 8:34 PM ET
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Maybe someone beat you to it?  Lots of our edit team members just respond with an edit when they read about a listing problem...    :^)

Or, it may have been coincidental considering the time factor since your OP.

Last Edited on: 12/8/16 8:36 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/10/2016 5:36 AM ET
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Did you write in to the Admin Team about it?

Date Posted: 12/10/2016 10:02 AM ET
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The weight can get auto filled. So I have seen the publisher's weight for a case show up in the space in some new listings.

Books that are ordered or sent less often are more likely to be wrong.

Date Posted: 12/10/2016 10:58 AM ET
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This was a WL book from a YA series so I would think it's swapping a lot.

edited to say -- it does appear action got taken before I could contact the folks who do the edits so all is good!

Last Edited on: 12/11/16 11:33 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/14/2016 1:39 PM ET
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Omg- I just had a small MMPB come up as weighing 5 pounds, 9.6 oz. It said it would cost over $5.00 to mail. (Yes... I sent in a data correction.) 

Correct weight is 5.9 oz. 

Thank goodness I don't rely on PBS for the correct book weight. It's wrong more than it's right. (I always weigh anyways because I use Paypal for postage instead of paying fees for PBS postage.) My kitchen scale that I use for weighing books was well worth the small amount that I paid for it. 


Date Posted: 12/16/2016 10:14 AM ET
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I'm still occasionally finding some of the old listings that came from the database with all dimensions and weight at '20' - so it showed as a 20" cube weighing 20 lbs!!  No idea how many originally had that, but I know I've corrected well over 100 myself. 

The digital kitchen scales are amazingly accurate!  I took several packages into the PO after I first got my scale -just in case-  and each time mine has been exactly the same as theirs.  

Date Posted: 12/16/2016 9:25 PM ET
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Investing in a scale is definitely a good choice.  Mine cost $20 several years ago and I have used it for many purposes.

I always weigh my books packaged so I will know how much to pay at the PO.  If it is close, example 15.95 ounces, I know I will have to rely on the PO.  They are usually exactly the same as mine, depending on the clerk station. One of their scales is higher and one lower, although only about a fraction of an ounce.

I also use it for weighing foods for various purposes.  I buy bulk meats and package them at 1 pound weights. Also use it for various recipes that call for specific weights.