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Subject: Just curious, everyone???
Date Posted: 4/30/2009 3:31 PM ET
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Just wondering, how much money do you put on your pbs account (PBS MONEY) a month to ship out books. It charges you .50 each time so was wondering how much you put on monthly or weekly???

Anissa (WVgrrl) - ,
Date Posted: 4/30/2009 3:33 PM ET
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I don't put money in on a regular basis. I wait until I don't have enough to print the postage for a book that I need to send out. When that I happens I add another $20 to the PBS money.

Date Posted: 4/30/2009 3:35 PM ET
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I put $10 in my PBS account to cover the DC only.  I decided to start using DC when I had an audiobook about to go lost.   The money in the account will last me a while... 

Date Posted: 4/30/2009 3:41 PM ET
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$1500 -  2-$500  2-$100  2-$50  6-$20  5-$10  5-$5  5-$1

Oh wait... That's Monopoly

Date Posted: 4/30/2009 3:51 PM ET
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I don't use the printed postage that often. But I use DC on game books and multiple books orders and audiobooks (more credits at stake).  I just wait until I don't have enough to purchase a DC before I transfer.  Then I'll usually do about $25 which lasts me a few months depending on how many games I play. I have $55 in my Paypal account now from selling credits. WHen I do my transfer next time-I'll just do the whole thing. 

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Date Posted: 4/30/2009 3:54 PM ET
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I don't do it monthly or weekly, I just put in $50 at a time (because of that .50 transaction fee, it seems to be more cost effective to put as much as you can in at once) and replenish it when needed.


Date Posted: 4/30/2009 4:39 PM ET
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I never have more than 5 dollars. I don't use the postage, just the DC.

I only add money when I need to.

Date Posted: 4/30/2009 4:45 PM ET
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I've been sending out a lot of books, and using PBS postage, and I'm ashamed to say I've burned through $70 in the month I've been here, which is totally unacceptable, so I've paid for the Box service, hoping that will be a little easier. 

Date Posted: 4/30/2009 4:53 PM ET
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I don't think I've ever put any money in the account.   I don't use PBS postage nor use DC.   It isn't hard for me to get to the post office and I've had one book go lost out of 300 something.  Not a good financial deal for me.

Date Posted: 4/30/2009 4:55 PM ET
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I'm another who doesn't use it.  In three years, not one book I've sent has gone lost (but I have had a few books go lost on their way to me).

Date Posted: 4/30/2009 5:47 PM ET
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I usually try to keep it at about $25.00 a month.

Date Posted: 4/30/2009 6:22 PM ET
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I don't do it on a regular basis, but I do like Cheryl and put $50 in at a time. I use DC most of the time and once in a while use PBS postage when I am swamped and want to just speed through the blue box lane instead of going in. I think I've had to load it 3 times since joining.

I used to sell enough credits to cover it, now I've just been spending all my credits. Haven't decided if thats a bad thing or a good thing.

Date Posted: 4/30/2009 6:36 PM ET
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I use PBS DC and postage for everything, and I play in a lot of games as well as book swaps.  I put in 25.00 every time I run low.

Date Posted: 4/30/2009 6:54 PM ET
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I'm all about instant gratification (get my credits NOW) and convenience, since I'm ordering a lot of books for a friend on bedrest & my mom about to go on a cruise (with the sole goal of reading every Nevada Barr and eating prime rib every night) - so I use printable postage and DC through PBS. I've added $100 this month and mailed out 24 books...but after this spate of buying PBS money, ordering a bunch of books, I've budgeted $50 per month. Considering that I spent $1900 at HalfPrice Books, Amazon and B&N/Borders on books last year (these were the expenses I could track - I can't tell you how many impulse books I bought at the grocery, Walmart, Target etc), if i can get through the rest of the year on that $50 per month, I'm WAY ahead.

And I've told Mom if the Nevada Barr's come back from her cruise with water damage due to daiquari spills or au jus stains, she does owe me the $$ or give me different books back to post! She's not very computer-savvy, but still brags to her girlfriends about me scamming books out of the internet for free!? What a concept - it's not free, Ma!

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Date Posted: 4/30/2009 7:08 PM ET
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I use PBS postage and DC because I like instant gratification and have been getting a rush of WL books so I need the credits. I was putting $25.00 on whenever it got low but have had a lot of book orders the last few months so I was adding money every week. I will be adding $50.00 at a time now. But if I run out of credits I am not afraid to buy them either. We get a lot of books and even though I still buy new and used ones I am saving a LOT of money on this site.

Date Posted: 4/30/2009 10:05 PM ET
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I purchased $20 worth of PBS postage.  I still have some of that left because I don't use it on every book.  (I have mailed out 30 since joining.)  I mainly use PBS postage when I am almost out of credits and want that oh-so-cool instant gratification.

Mary (rxkicker) - ,
Date Posted: 5/1/2009 12:19 AM ET
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Kristina --

postage, and I'm ashamed to say I've burned through $70 in the month I've been here

No, no, no. You are _proud_ to have sent many wonderful books and added so much to the PBS inventory. Welcome! and thank you.


Date Posted: 5/1/2009 9:53 AM ET
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Awwww, thanks.  :)  I really enjoy PBS and I'm having a great time.  I think I like sending books out as much as getting them.  :)

Date Posted: 5/1/2009 9:56 AM ET
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I don't add on a regular basis, just when my balance gets too low to send out more books.  I usually add $25 or 30 at a time. 

Sianeka - ,
Date Posted: 5/1/2009 1:42 PM ET
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I generally add $25 whenever I run low.  (I always use PBS Preprinted Postage, however, and frequently run low.  I really should up the amount I add at one time...)

vic8 -
Date Posted: 5/3/2009 2:52 AM ET
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try postage.com    No 50 cent fee for purchase, plus there's another fee that they don't charge that PBS does. significant savings using the post office's software available at postage.com

Date Posted: 5/3/2009 7:27 PM ET
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I don't put money in at certain time intervals, but I generally put $30 in my account as needed.