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Subject: no access to a printer
Date Posted: 8/30/2007 8:52 PM ET
Member Since: 6/19/2007
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I do not have a printer at home. Is this a big deal? I send all of my books in hand addressed manilla envelopes. I did make a note in my profile, is there some other way I should let requestors know?

Last Edited on: 8/30/07 8:57 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/30/2007 8:54 PM ET
Member Since: 7/2/2005
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It doesn't matter. You don't have to let anyone know... you are doing fine :) Just make sure you write MEDIA MAIL on them before you mail them or they will go 1st Class.

Date Posted: 8/30/2007 8:59 PM ET
Member Since: 9/16/2005
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My printer doesn't work.  I've been a member almost 2 years now and have handwritten the addresses on all my hundreds of requests.   Just make sure you write as neatly as you can and that you copied the address down right! 

I don't put Media Mail on my packages anymore-my mailman will take them in, weigh them for Media AND First, and charge me the cheapest way.  The next day I get an itemized bill.  Sometimes for smaller books or kid's books, First Class is actually cheaper!  Or, if you take them to the PO, ask them to weigh for First or Media, whichever is cheapest.

Date Posted: 8/30/2007 9:21 PM ET
Member Since: 3/8/2007
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I would be perfectly happy to receive a book that had a handwritten wrapper.  I think it is great that you are participating despite the fact that you have to hand write all the addresses.

Date Posted: 8/30/2007 9:43 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I don't think anyone will care as long as they get their book in a timely fashion.  I can't see a handwritten address label being cause for complaint.

Date Posted: 8/30/2007 10:07 PM ET
Member Since: 4/6/2007
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Date Posted: 8/30/2007 10:16 PM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2005
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Handwriting is perfectly acceptable, it is mentioned in the Help Center. I typed the word  PRINTER in the slot and the first answer is

Do I have to have a printer to use PBS?  which says:

You do not have to have a printer to use the site or send your books. You can hand-write the address on your package, if you don't have access to a printer.

The only PBS features that you will not be able to use if you do not have a printer are the optional PBS Delivery Confirmation feature, and the optional Custom DC feature.

Date Posted: 8/30/2007 10:17 PM ET
Member Since: 6/3/2007
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i know i dont mind how i get mybook addressed so long as i get my book :)

Date Posted: 8/31/2007 12:19 AM ET
Member Since: 11/18/2005
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And also make sure you write the requestor number under your return address...or is it above the address??  Anyway, where ever it is, include it!!

Date Posted: 8/31/2007 2:28 AM ET
Member Since: 7/2/2005
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I think the only reason they ask if the package is handwritten is just because they are curious and tracking all kinds of weird stuff - like it might be interesting/useful to know that handwritten packages, on average, are delivered just one day later than a printed wrapper would have been - not a real fact, just an example. That's my theory anyway ;)

Date Posted: 8/31/2007 8:38 AM ET
Member Since: 5/10/2005
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I handwrite all of mine, always have.

The printer works, but it's not usually hooked up (otherwise there's a cable across the floor to trip me), and it's easier to write on the envelope than affix a piece of paper & make sure it can't come off.

Date Posted: 8/31/2007 9:29 PM ET
Member Since: 8/15/2005
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It's fine--the hand addressed envelopes get here just as well as the typed ones.  I wouldn't worry about it--just write legibily:)



Date Posted: 9/2/2007 11:12 PM ET
Member Since: 8/1/2007
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I wonder if the bar code that is printed on the address speeds delivery in any way?

Date Posted: 9/2/2007 11:17 PM ET
Member Since: 8/9/2005
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About 1/2 the books I get here have handwritten or outside of PBS shipping labels. When I was out of ink I sent a ton with hand written labels. INBD